Day 67: Venice to Santa Barbara

Posted: May 18, 2014 in America: Miami to San Francisco

Looking forward to a stunning 90 miles along Pacific Highway 1 today from Venice Beach, via Malibu onto Santa Barbara. I’m entering some of the most famed coastline in America over the coming days.

The infamous Venice Beach itself is flamboyant but rather under-whelming
My preconceptions were based mainly on highly glamorised Hollywood films, expectations having been greatly exaggerated due to this subconscious saturation of popular culture and media where EVERYTHING is ‘beautiful.’

It’s a strange mix of bikini clad/large breasted leggy girls on roller skates, gay men strutting up and down the sand with brightly coloured thongs and wealthy city folk out for a Saturday morning jog, shouting down their iPhones as they they run by crowds of sun burnt homeless folk; their possessions stuffed into shopping trolleys.

Pedalling through Malibu – million dollar beach homes scattered along the side of the road. Not ideal location in the event of a tsunami I’d wager!

Malibu pier:

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Mugu beach:

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Oxnard was hosting the annual ‘strawberry festival’ in the centre, the smell of fruit hung in the air! Salivating somewhat I bypassed the crowds and found my own mini version!

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Super yummy…

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Arrived safe after 107 miles as I was loosing the sun. Ready for planned BBQ and live music at hosts friend leaving do!

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Expenditure $13.04

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