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[Last Updated May 19th]

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Taking adantage of our continuing cool Spring weather, the Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride, this weekend May 21st, will be our first official visit to Fillmore in a very long time. With temps in the sixties, bright sun and a light afternoon ocean breeze, this may be an ideal day to ride in the Heritage Valley. We'll meet at Shiell's Park, 649 C Street, near the Sespe Creek bridge on Old Telegraph Road. Please plan to arrive at 9 AM, riding away at about 9:30. We'll ride the creek and Santa Clara River bikepaths, probably stopping for lunch at Pescador. Folks who want to rack up a bunch more miles will have the option of adding a loop to Piru on the highway and Guiberson Road, or climbing out westward to Toland Park. As usual, alternate route and/or lunch suggestions are (almost) always welcome.

As the risks of COVID infection seem to be winding down, it will be up to each person who visits this site to choose whether to join the group for this ride, with your own (hopefully appropriately updated) individual preferences for masking and social distancing, meet the group for lunch, drive by and wave 'Hi', or meticulously avoid the venues. If any of this confuses or doesn't work for you or if you need any more info please contact me by phone or email.

This is a brief listing of preliminary plans for upcoming rides:

  • Saturday, May 21st: Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride – Sespe Creek and Santa Clara River trails, Fillmore
  • Saturday, June 4th: First Saturday VCRR Group Ride – SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE!
As always – PLEASE! – if you have any suggestions for an upcoming ride date, share it. We're still especially eager to hear from anyone who's been aching to plan, coordinate and/or lead the gang on his, her or their favorite venue.

5/7/2022: We started this VCRR Group Ride from West Channel park at the Channel Islands Marina. After a bit of coffee and morning munchies, and an unsuccessful wrestling match with one of Deena's front tires, we set off on a cruise down to the harbor entrance, then back up the coast. We made a quick pit stop at Oxnard State Beach, before looping around the Seabridge Marina MUPs. Exiting onto Victoria, we pedaled up to have lunch on the patio at Pizza Man Dan's. After lunch we took a rarely used route back down Harbor Boulevard to where we'd parked at the marina. The weather was almost perfect, probably even better than it would have been on a more inland route.

4/23/2022: For this weekend a (very) few of us met at Oxnard College Park. We started the ride by cruising around the park and down through the college campus. From there we rode west on Bard, then down the Bubbling Springs MUP to the Port Hueneme pier. After a quick pit stop, we raced (well, relatively speaking) on the smooth, tempting access road to the lighthouse, which sadly seems to be still closed from the COVID pandemic. We returned along pretty much the same path, with everyone agreeing to keep this ride fairly short. Morning weather was almost ideal, in the high 60s with light winds, but the weather wizards were warning that we'd have more serious winds by early to mid-afternoon. We loaded up our trikes and drove to Pho Oxnard for a nice lunch, finishing just as the trees and bushes began bouncing around.

4/9/2022: This Saturday was very nice, twenty degrees cooler than the previous days, with hazy sunshine and gentle breezes. We started from Crescent Park in the Oxnard's RiverPark complex, riding around the big gravel pits on that fairly new Class I bikepath. We left RiverPark on Ventura Road, crossed the river on the freeway bridge, which has really gone to pot (to some extent quite literally), then discovered that the southern end of the Johnson Barranca bikepath was closed. We detoured up Johnson Drive before rejoining the bikepath, and continued upward (again pretty literallly) to a pit stop at Barranca Vista Park. We headed eastward toward Chumash Park, but a few of us added the excitement of a straight line high speed zoom down Montgomery and swooshing upriver (but oddly slightly downhill) on the Riverview Linear Park. We climbed back up Petit to regroup at Chumash, then rode the bikepath beside CA-126, including its recently opened western end, to meet a trio of other VCRRians for lunch stop at Gateway Plaza. The group split up again after lunch, as the trikeys returned to our start area.

Emma Wood Beach3/19/2022: As advertised, our Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride this month was a sort of DYOT (do your own thing) ride, with folks starting from various places along the beach between Ventura and Carpinteria, riding at different speeds with alternate turnarounds. Kay and I rode from Emma Wood Beach to Rincon Beach Park, encountering all the other folks in our group at various times and places, while others rode a much longer route including Rincon Hill. About half the riders opted to meet Ann and Alan for lunch after the ride at Main Street Restaurant. Fortunately, we were pleased to note that the tire troubles and rainy drizzle of our previous group ride were at least temporarily postponed, and everyone had a good ride in absolutely great weather.

San Francisquito Creek3/5/2022: Cue BJ Thomas: "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head..." Yes, a little bit of precipitation played a part in this unusual Group Ride – a long overdue return road trip to Santa Clarita. Once again, I got a little carried away with the write-up for this weekend, so it became this separate webpage, maybe most appropriate for compulsive readers. Folks who are even more deviant may also enjoy the info webpage we published before this ride.

2/19/2022: Our Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride this month was a long overdue return to ride the Ventura River Trail from Ventura to Ojai. Very unusually, for some reason, I wasn't quite comfortable with a typical brief summary describing the events of the day, and my write-up somehow evolved into a pretty prolix piece of prose that's much too long to post on this page. Click on this link if you're prepared for a long narrative; it might be a good idea to use your webpage reader or 'Text-to-Speech' app...

2/5/2022: For the First Saturday VCRR Group Ride of February we chose a venue primarily intended for our Pokey Patrol people. We started by looping around Seabridge Marina, then rode an out-and-back loop down to the Port Hueneme lighthouse. The weather for the day was a huge relief as we continue to be subjected to periods of off-and-on gusty winds this year. The friskier folks in the group had fun with the now customary play racing along the access road to the lighthouse, with some making multiple runs. On our return from the lighthouse we stopped for lunch at what has become one of our popular eateries, Pho Saigon, before returning up J-Street and Wooley Road to the start area. We had a typical sized group of eight riders this weekend, with everyone staying in pretty close contact for the whole route.

Sunday, 1/23/2022: After a delayed start date trying (spectacularly unsuccessfully!) to avoid the high winds this weekend we met at Pitts Ranch Park in Camarillo. Six of the Faster Folks zoomed off, leaving only Kay and me as this weekend's pokey people. We rode the usual delaying loops around Calleguas Creek and the Village at the Commons before pedaling out into the farming area south of Camarillo. When we got to the open farmlands the stiff northeastern wind had even us riding the gradual downhill route at close to 15MPH. We attempted to contact the faster riders to coordinate with their lunch plans, as well as meeting three non-riding VCRRians, but a combination of confusion and traffic noise resulted in Bev and Stephen making an early turnaround, while Kay and I continued down Las Posas to what I felt was an appropriate point to flip so that we'd all wind up at Panera's in the Premium Outlet Mall at about the same time. The seven of us had a nice lunch, and we got back to the park just before the other four riders returned. Those 20-30MPH wind gusts were seriously unpleasant!

1/8/2022: This first VCRR Group Ride of 2022 started from Crescent Park in Oxnard's RiverPark development, riding a loop around the big gravel pits, then down Ventura Road, across the river on the freeway bridge, and up the Johnson Barranca bikepath to a pit stop at Barranca Vista Park. After fluid balances were properly adjusted, we rode through Ventura Community Park and Chumash Park for a turnaround in Saticoy. We reversed direction, using the bikepath beside CA-126, including its recently opened western end, to a lunch stop at Gateway Plaza. Three other VCRRians met the seven riders for lunch at Sharky's. After lunch we zoomed down Johnson Drive back to our start area. This basic route is about 20 miles.

Other News:

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 hoping 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 GROUP RIDES IN 2022, AS WELL AS FEEDBACK FOR THIS WEBSITE, RIDE NOTICES, PHOTOS, RIDE VIDEOS, ROUTE SHEETS, MAPS, CUSTOM VCRR SAFETY FLAGS AND/OR VIDEO FLYOVERS. We are seriously looking for suggestions for VCRR Group Rides for this year, either in person, by phone or email. We plan, contingent upon feedback, to 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 NEW CELL PHONE: 805-612-7662. Text messages will not work on our home phone, and are slightly discouraged for the cell phone. Don't even think about Facebook or Twitter! For convenience my email link is: