March 19, 2016 – Second bike camping training ride

North Hollywood to Sycamore Canyon Campground
54 miles

Redeemed!! As I sit here in my tent before bed and hopefully a full night’s rest, I am in a much better place than I was last week, both figuratively and literally.  I am spending the night at Sycamore Canyon, about four miles up the Pacific Coast Highway from Leo Carillo.  I am the only occupant of the hike/bike site (last week the sites were packed and we all got little sleep due to noisy neighbours).  Cat stopped by for a short visit which was incredibly sweet of her.  The ride today was relatively uneventful albeit long.  I need to find a way to balance filming the ride whilst maintaining good time on the bike.  I would expect that I won’t shoot nearly as often as I am doing this weekend as I’m trying to get a lot of footage out of only two days.
I’ve always wanted to ride Las Virgenes through the mountains and it met my expectations. Not as difficult when taking one’s time.  Tomorrow I will wake early and take the same route that Wesley and I rode last week up Encinal to Decker, through the mountains to Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, and then the San Fernando Valley.  It’s a lot of climbing but it’s incredibly beautiful.  I’ll be taking a lot of pictures.

Please, God, no flats!!File_000 File_001