Whale of a Century (Full)

Distance: 104 miles and 2400 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

Starting in Camarillo, we head directly over to the coast and then pretty much hug the coast all the way to Santa Barbara. In Ventura, we join the Metric Century route which starts from there one hour later. From the edge of Ventura all the way to Carpinteria we ride 18 miles entirely on either bike paths or the low traffic Rincon Parkway.  Once in Santa Barbara we make a loop up to the Natural History Museum to view the whale and then come back down. You can stop for lunch either before or after this loop. The return trip is mostly the reverse of the trip out, but we do vary the route a little going through Carpinteria and the route back inland from the coast to Camarillo.  On the profile below you will see there are only 5 small peaks. The first and last are at Hwy 150 and Bates Road (going and coming). The second and fourth are Ortega Hill in Summerland (coming and going). The center climb is the loop in Santa Barbara going up to see the whale. Note that the highest of these is only about 300 feet above sea level.

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