Bikepacking with Amtrak from Santa Barbara to Topanga via PCH and Route 1.

A quick overview of our bikepacking trip on Amtrak to Santa Barbara from Topanga. We biked from the Outpost after work to the Chatsworth Amtrak station about an hour and 15 minutes mostly on that Canoga bike path. 6 bikes are allowed per car and reservations required. We arrived in Santa Barbara and rode to Carpenteria State Beach to camp at the bike/hike site where no reservations are required. Cost per person is 10 bucks. The liquor store around the corner sold us firewood, we sang to Dave for his birthday, slept, had coffee and rode back. You have to ride on the 101 for an exit which is not so bad. Rincon has a little path. We hugged the coast with easy signage and did a tiny bit of gravel at the Emma Wood Campground. Random dude Todd who riding along joined us for a few hours, we saw Mark Finster and we stopped at Point Magu for lunch. The ride back took about 6 hours including lunch and a snack stop. The hills in Malibu are annoying so the work around near Pepperdine was nice. The traffic after the Malibu Pier to Topanga was the worse of the trip by far. Before we left at 6 AM we had left a vehicle on the PCH near Topanga because we didn’t want to ride bikes on the canyon during rush hour. That early ride up the canyon was about an hour.

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