Ventura County
Recumbent Riders

News and Ride Schedule
[Last Updated March 16th]

Ride Schedule:

Well, as I hinted earlier this week, this is a last minute update for the status of our proposed ride tomorrow. However, there is still no change in the forecast; it's the same 15 percent they've been projecting for the last 10 days. So... we intend to gamble (perhaps rashly) that there's no way rain will fall in Ventura County for 3 Saturdays in a row. After a very busy day in our kitchen, Kay and I now have enough special occasion foodstuff for about two dozen people; we'd really prefer not to stash all that away uneaten. We're still planning a Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride this weekend, on St. Patrick's Day (3/17). As a lowkey celebration of Ireland's legendary serpent suppresser, Kay and I will host an Irish lunch on our patio after the ride. Please plan to meet at our house, 723 Ursula Dr, Oxnard, at the usual 9 AM for pre-ride coffee, juice and munchies. Directions: from the southbound Rose Avenue off-ramp of US-101 (Exit 61), go past St. John's hospital; just after the next traffic light, take the first right onto Camino de la Luna, then an immediate left onto Ursula. There should be plenty of on-street parking on either Ursula or Camino de la Luna.

We'll try to get on the road around 9:30, riding about a 20-mile loop north to RiverPark and east Ventura. We'll return here for lunch after the ride to gobble some Gaelic goodies, including Irish Stew, Shepherd's Pie and Soda Bread. We'll probably have a few Coors Lights in our drink cooler, but this lunch is strictly Bring Your Own Guiness – or Irish Death Ale. Non-riders are of course welcome to join us for lunch, probably around 1 PM. If our ride plans are sabotaged by the merry meteorologists at this late date, we will simply settle for a sociable lunch.

I've just posted a GPS track for the projected route in GPX format. If anyone would actually like any of our upcoming route tracks in the TCX format that Garmin units require for intermediate waypoints, please ping me.

We plan to finish up this month with another visit to cruise the Class I trails of the Santa Clarita Valley on the 31st, on a route selected and directed by Chicago. Stay tuned...

This is a brief listing of preliminary plans for upcoming VCRR Group Rides:

  • Saturday, March 17th: Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride and St. Patrick's Day Picnic, Oxnard
  • Saturday, March 31st: Fifth Saturday VCRR Road Trip and Group Ride, Santa Clarita
  • Saturday, April 7th: First Saturday VCRR Group Ride – SUGGESTIONS?
  • Saturday, April 21st: Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride and Tortilla Soup Lunch, Simi

PLEASE[!]: If you have a suggestion for April or any of the next few rides, please share. We're always especially eager to hear from anyone who's been aching to plan, execute and lead the gang on his, her or their favorite venue.


We've added this new section and service to our webpage: free listings for recumbent bicycles and tricycles up for sale, trade or wanted, either by or of potential interest to the folks who frequent this website. In its first weeks of operation, this new option may have helped, along with BROL's Classified section and the local Craigslist, to transition more than a dozen trikes and bikes from unwanted clutter to actually used cycles. We're also planning to add a section for cycle parts, accessories and clothing. If you'd like to post here and/or if you need help putting any cycles gathering dust in your storage areas, please ping me by email or by phone for the info you'll need to get your ad into the mix. CAVEAT AND RED-FACED ADMISSION: I have been procrastinating a bit to post new additions; more later... maybe better?


Recent History:

Peloton on WooleyClick for More Pix 2/17/2018: We met in the parking lot for Mission Park in downtown Ventura and started up the Ventura River Trail after coffee and morning munchies. As most of you know, this ride is uphill going out with a mostly fast and easy downhill return, between 25 and 35 miles. About 20 of us made an appearance for this return to one of our most popular ride venues. After the traditional pit stop at Foster Park, the group began to string out. The riders who climb much faster than the Pokey Patrol continued on into Ojai to have lunch at the Ojai Cafe Emporium. The slower group turned around a bit earlier, at the junction of CA-150 west, and indulged in $5 foot-long specials at the Subway sandwich shop. Stephen had a bit of battery trouble that we patched up during the lunch stop. After lunch everyone happily zoomed back down the hill to the start area. However, I discovered that I had tried to stretch the mileage on my well-worn Marathons about seven miles too far. The green liner had been showing on both front tires for months, and the left one blew out as we approached Foster Park, loud enough to alarm the guys riding with me. Fortunately, I had included a Kevlar beaded folding tire as a precaution, and we were back on the trail with a short delay. Weather was great, cool enough for long sleeves and pants, but sunny with only a slight headwind as we came back into Ventura.

2/3/2018: For our First Saturday VCRR Group Ride of February we met at Pitts Ranch Park in Camarillo. We had 15 riders, including Bonnie's fried Kathy as the day's newby, as well as Vince, returning from a year's convalescence. No one opted for the long ride to Sycamore Canyon Beach, but the group separated a bit as some folks wanted a quick return or easier ride in preparation for other demands of the day. Most of us rode the 'straw man' Pokey Patrol route, turning left up the Calleguas Creek bikepath, climbing up into the Mission Oaks heights, and looping around the Village at the Commons before continuing on to the CSUCI food court. Others chose to avoid the climb and met us back on the creek bikepath, and a few folks chose to drive down to meet the rest of us for lunch. The weather was virtually perfect, the route was in great shape, and we didn't have any serious mechanical issues. This route is a bit over 20 miles long, with one fairly serious ascent in the first few miles, followed by two fast downhills, which (unfortunately) end with hard braking for turns. We probably won't have any photos from this ride, but temporarily at least, we have retained the GPS-related info for it. See the paragraph below for more info.

Peloton on WooleyClick for More Pix 1/20/2018: This weekend we rode from West Channel Park in the Channel Islands Marina, taking a partial tour of the marinas, then riding up the coast and the Arundell Barranca bikepath to have lunch at the Main Street Restaurant in Ventura. The day started out pretty chilly and gusty, but it warmed up fairly quickly to almost perfect riding weather. As usual we had about a dozen folks in the group with no newbies, and happily we had no mechanical or navigational issues. After lunch we experienced the much-too-brief thrill of zooming down Seaward, then moseyed through the Pierpont and back down Harbor on our return to the CI Marina. This route is about 25 miles, pretty much as flat as practical in SoCal.

RollingClick for More Pix 1/6/2018: The group met at Vineyard Park near The Collection in northwestern Oxnard. Gale and Jim2 joined us from the American River area, and it was great to have Pete and Linda riding with us again. In all this weekend's group totaled 17. After the usual coffee and munchies, we rode around the Riverpark area, then down Ventura Road and across the river on the freeway bridge bikepath. I picked up a rear flat on the climb up to Barranca Vista Park, where Pete discovered a problem with his chain idler that took a bit of time to repair. Thankfully, those problems were the first the group had experienced in weeks. We rode up the bikepath and eastward to Chumash Park for another brief pitstop, then back to the west along the bikepath beside CA-126 to meet Stephen, along with prodigal RVers Ann and Alan for our lunch stop at Gateway Plaza. After lunch we returned along Ralston, flew down Johnson and back through The Collection. This route is about 20 miles, with a couple of shallow climbs.

Rolling...Click for More Pix 12/30/2017: This weekend we made an all-too-rare road trip to ride the extensive network of Class I bicycle trails in the Santa Clarita Valley. About a dozen of us met at Valencia Heritage Park to socialize and/or indulge in coffee and morning munchies. We started the ride up the eastern bank of San Francisquito Canyon, then detoured to visit Chicago's home on the other side of the canyon. On the second climb we continued up to cruise one of my favorite downhill slaloms; I made (only) two wrong turns, and we finally made it to our pit stop at Bridgeport Park. We rode eastward along the Santa Clara River to Golden Valley Road and then back west beside Soledad Canyon Road to our lunch stop at Stonefire Grill. After lunch some of the group decided to shortcut back to Heritage Park, and didn't have any trouble at all persuading the rest of us to join them. This route has some moderate climbs (around 900 feet total), some short and steep, some a bit longer, and is about 23 miles long. Huffing and puffing up one of those ascents, I was somehow motivated to dredge up my (latent, of late) propensity to pen piddly poesy; resulting in this thread on BentRider OnLine, linked to the newest addition to our Poetry on Wheels webpages. As usual lately the pix were shot by Rolly.

Cantwell's ClosedClick for More Pix 12/2/2017: For our First Saturday VCRR Group Ride this month, we returned to a favorite venue that we haven't visited for awhile. However, to avoid the construction chaos at Carpinteria Creek and Casitas Pass Road, a dozen of us met at a new starting area: El Carro Park. The only newby was Michael's upgrade of his Porsche Boxster to a newer model Cayman coupe. Rolly set a high standard for enthusiasm by riding his trike up from Oxnard and back. He's added a video with excerpts of his 90-mile round trip to his YouTube page, accessible at the link below. The rest of the group was a bit less energetic, only riding up to Santa Barbara and back, about 20 to 25 miles. This route does, however, include a few short uphill grunts. We all thoroughly enjoyed the great weather and fantastic ocean views along the way. We separated into two subgroups going out, with the faster folks riding up to Stearns Wharf, while the Pokey Patrol peons flipped around at East Beach. Since we had noticed that one of our favorite lunch stops, Cantwell's Deli in Summerland, seems to have gone out of business recently, our choice for lunch on our return was pretty much unanimously for a detour down to Pizza Man Dan's in Carpinteria to enjoy their lunch special.

Other News:

GPS – FUNCTION OR FUN?: I've been setting up some GPS-based aides (or entertainment) for some of our VCRR group rides recently. Even if you have no interest in riding with a GPS unit for routing, I'd suggest that even one of the simple units which have only 'bread crumb mapping' or none at all may be an appealing alternative to a wheel-driven speedometer/odometer. It can be a very pleasant way to avoid the annoyances of cable routing or wireless connectivity that doesn't work well, especially on a tadpole. Virtually all cycling GPSs will record the course (path) as you ride and allow you to transfer it to your PC for post-ride viewing and/or statistics (distance, speed, elevations). I wholeheartedly recommend using Google Earth's flyover for a dynamic (video) look at where you've been; I've posted a sample screen capture video of a flyover for the Pokey Patrol route from Pitts Ranch Park to CSUCI on YouTube. You can also use recorded tracks to interact with one of the internet sites like RideWithGPS, GPSies or MapMyRide.

RIDE VIDEOS AND OTHER PIX: Rolly has posted videos from several recent VCRR Group Rides for public viewing on YouTube at this link. We are expecting to post more videos over the next few months, and, of course, your feedback is eagerly solicited. There is also a series of older video clips posted on YouTube, on 'TheVCRR' channel, at this URL. There is a VCRR photo archive on Flickr; to view it, start at this URL. Vincent has posted some of our ride pix to the Recumbent Trikes Group on Facebook (one of several).

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T FORGET!: COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE EAGERLY[!] SOLICITED FOR OUR REGULAR GROUP RIDES THOUGHOUT 2018, AS WELL AS FEEDBACK FOR THIS WEBSITE, RIDE NOTICES, PHOTOS, RIDE VIDEOS, ROUTE SHEETS, MAPS AND VIDEO FLYOVERS. We are seriously looking for fairly immediate suggestions for the next few VCRR Group Rides, either in person, by phone or email. We will continue sending email notices a few days before each upcoming ride, at least for the next couple of months. Please let me know if you want to make any changes to our email list.

If you newbies or folks who haven't ridden with the group for a while need help or more information for getting to any of our rides, please email or phone me. Our home phone number – usually the best way to talk to us – is 805-981-0339. If we're not home you can also try my cell phone: 805-201-5107. Text messages will not work on our home phone, and are seriously discouraged for the cell phone. Don't even think about Facebook or Twitter! For convenience my email link is: