This was the smoothest “commute” I’ve had since leaving Reno. No slow downs anywhere. 36 miles, 40 minutes. Arrived around the same time as yesterday and parked in the same lot and spot by the visitor’s center again. Had decided I was going to ride my bike around today so prepped it and was ready to roll around 10:45. There is a trail that runs 2 miles along the beach. Rode the trail w/ a stop to walk out to the end of the sidewalk on top of the jetty that protects the harbor. At the east end of the beach trail, the trail crosses the street and runs another mile to the Andree Clark Bird Refugee so I did that out and back. Then took some side streets to work my way back over to State Street. Had a Reuben sandwich for lunch at Joe’s Café which the tour guide had recommended yesterday. Then walked around for a while in the area. I was surprised to see there were 3 active movie theaters in this area plus another theater where Nora Jones had an upcoming engagement. Got back on my bike and continued up State Street for quite a few blocks, then turn right onto Arellaga. Turn left on Laguna w/ the idea of riding up to the mission but decided I wanted to get back and head out so went back over to State and rode it back to the waterfront. By the time I stopped for gas and got on 101 it was 4. Traffic jammed up at first but then began to flow. Got to the Residence Inn in Thousand Oaks around 5:30.
I liked Santa Barbara. Very picturesque. Other than the freeway, the town itself is quite manageable and is well maintained.
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