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Need help with a route from LAX to Morro Bay and back.(15 posts)

Need help with a route from LAX to Morro Bay and back.MB1
Oct 6, 2003 12:33 PM
End of the month Miss M and I are taking a trip to SoCal to see the folks and ride a bunch. We plan to ride from near LAX to Morro Bay (2 maybe 3 days) spend a few days riding near Morro Bay then back to LAX for our flight home.

What I am not sure of is the best route from Santa Barbara to Lompoc (over the mountains or along the coast?). We will be doing that stretch Northbound on Sunday so traffic may not be too bad. Southbound we will be doing it on Friday or Saturday.

Any help with any part of the route would be great. Suggestions of rides from Morro Bay will be great too.

BTW anyone up for a bit of riding?
Sounds like a question for PeterRiderirregardless
Oct 6, 2003 12:40 PM
Santa Monica to SB and Lompoc.lotterypick
Oct 6, 2003 12:48 PM
I guess if it were me I'd take the highway 1 from Santa Monica to Ventura, which would take you right up the coast. I did it with United Way and it was scenic and flatish.

From Ventura to Lompoc, I think I'd take the 101 frontage road which is on the coast side of the 101. THe frontage starts at Emma Wood State beach.

As you go along that stretch, between ventura and santa barbara, there will be a point where you have to get on the freeway (lots of centuries ridden there so bike paths are there.)

Once you get into Carpinteria, which is where I live I'd take Bates Road to Carpinteria Avenue, which would be toward the ocean (the other direction leads you into hte mountains).

Go down Carpinteria Avenue across the bride at Santa Monica over the freeway and then turn right. You'll be on Via Real.

From there it's a straight shot to santa barbara, the street name will change from Via Real to Coast VIllage Road to Cabillo. You will go right by the beach in Santa Barbara and through the main tourist area.

When you hit state street (which is where the famous dolphin fountain is). Turn right and head up state street.

Just keep going and it will turn into a street called hollister (about 5 miles) and go over the freeway and under a train bridge. Just keep going. At some point, past Storke Road (maybe at Storke Road).

You should go over to the mountain side of the freeway and go along the frontage road and then on the 101 itself to gaviota. Just keep going and viola Lompoc.

My commute is from Carpinteria to Storke, which is why my knowledge is strong there.

Have fun. I wouldn't go over the 154 pass (too narrow and cars like to go fast). One guy just recently was rescued from his car (he was missing for days) as he swerved to avoid a cyclist going down hill. He went over the cliff and was only spotted by a hiker. Saved his life. Gaviota way is rolling and pretty by the narrow gap between ocean and the mountains that you'll be going on.
oops turn left after crossing santa monica. nmlotterypick
Oct 6, 2003 12:50 PM
Santa Rosa Roadmohair_chair
Oct 6, 2003 1:41 PM
If you can get to Buellton, take Foxen Canyon Road where it crosses 154. This is the last leg of the Solvang Century, and is a great road to ride. (You can also come up 154 from Santa Barbara and turn onto Foxen Canyon Road.) Foxen Road will deposit you into Santa Maria, which is a better destination than Lompoc!

Since you are doing it both directions, try both.
maps and profilesDougSloan
Oct 6, 2003 2:56 PM
This area is part of the Solvang Double Century (not connected with *the* Solvang Century. Here are some route sheets and profiles:
Thanks, been there-done that.MB1
Oct 6, 2003 5:03 PM
Miss M and I rode the Solvang Double twice together. I've done the Central Coast Double, The LA Wheelman Grand Tour as well as the Tour of 2 Forests several times. And a bunch of others too. (Gee, I must be some kind of a nutcase.)

The only part of our planned trip I am not sure of is the stretch from Santa Barbara to Lompoc. Sounds like I posted my question in the right place.

Thanks for everyones help. Still no takers on a ride?
come over hereDougSloan
Oct 6, 2003 7:53 PM
Ride over here and do the Climb to Kaiser route. I'll put you up and maybe tag along for a few miles.

Wouldn't mind actually. Is there a rideable route from the coast?MB1
Oct 7, 2003 4:04 AM
We are planning to do the whole trip on our bikes. I need to firm up the route this week so we can make hotel reservations and send clothing ahead.

Fresno is fairly far from the coast-is there a nice bike friendly route? Remember this is a vacation for us-we want to avoid nasty roads as much as we can.

BTW those are really neat maps and profiles.
probably too farDougSloan
Oct 7, 2003 7:28 AM
A direct route form Morro Bay to Fresno is only about 160 miles. However, if you start manipulating it to avoid freeways and make it scenic, and it rapidly jumps to about 260. That's probably a little too far, unless you want a really long day in the saddle, or make it 2 days each way.

If you did, essentially you'd go up the coast to Hollister, which is east of Carmel, then over the coastal range to Mendota and across the valley. I've ridden nearly all the route parts at a time, and it would be scenic (except 60 miles across the valley) but a really long trip.

Oh, MAN, you're awakening old memories ...Humma Hah
Oct 6, 2003 2:59 PM
... keep going!

That finish to Solvang may be the single prettiest ride I've ever seen.
for more info, check hereDougSloan
Oct 6, 2003 2:53 PM
This is the ultra rider site; I'd bet many people there have done this:

Probably can't get away for meeting to ride, but I'd love to.

Haven't ridden the route but read the bookchar
Oct 6, 2003 7:23 PM
Bicycling the Pacific Northwest
by Tom Kirkendall and Vicki Spring
ISBN 0-89886-562-X
Third Edition 1990

Looks to be pretty darn accurate from the roads I ride north of San Francisco.
If you can't get, I can send it to you.

Got it thanks. nmMB1
Oct 7, 2003 4:25 AM
check out this sitemohair_chair
Oct 7, 2003 8:24 AM

This is a site devoted to motorcyle rides in Santa Barbara County, but motorcyclists usually seek out the same roads we do. I included a few links in my post above, but there are more links to different roads, and since there are lots of photos, you can get a pretty good idea of what's out there.