Posted on October 26 2020
A Relaxing Ride to Wine Country with the Wives
Two moto-vloggers passionate about traveling and the open road.
Our last trip with the wives was all the way to Durango Colorado for the Four Corners Rally, so we decided to switch up the pace and head out for a relaxing day trip for some great scenery and some food. We didn't have much of a plan when we got out on the road and headed towards Ojai for our first stop of the day.
Since we met up in Simi, we decided to take Grimes Canyon to the 150 for some great canyon riding, and ride through the Ojai Valley. We rode through some pretty heavy fog, but it eventually burnt off for the most part by the time we pulled into downtown Ojai for breakfast.
We decided to go to the Ojai Cafe Emporium for breakfast, and it was a great stop. The ladies had some tasty keish and some scones, and the two of us had some classic eggs and bacon. It was a nice start to the day where we would decide where to head for the day. Sometimes it's nice to go ride without a plan, theres endless possibilities!
The second we mentioned wine the ladies were in, so we ended up heading towards Los Olivos. A buddy of ours, Keith Sarloos, owns a winery out there Saarloos and Sons, so we figured it would be a great day to go say hi and try some wines and relax. We took the 150 through Lake Casitas, and as the fog turned into a sunny sky, we got a great view of the lake with clear conditions ahead.
From the 150, we turned onto the 192 which would take us through a really interesting area through Santa Barbara where there was some serious floods and fired a couple of years prior. We weren't sure if the roads were even open yet as there were some bridges that collapsed during that time. Luckily, we had no issues going through, and we even saw some structures still being built.
From the 192, we got on to 154, aka the San Marcos Pass, which would lead us all the way to Los Olivos. That section of the 154 is a popular road for motorcycles and has a couple cool attractions, like Cold Springs Tavern, and other hidden gems along the way. We had a great run through there and even got a nice view of Lake Cachuma on our way through.
After pulling into Los Olivos, we took a stroll through the town and checked out some shops, then headed over to Sarloos and Sons to try some wine and hang out for a while. The ladies really enjoyed themselves. The sun decided to come out by then, and the weather was perfect. We got some good 'ol history lessons from Gaylin about how the surrounding areas came to be, then got ready to head home.
We decided to take the 154 to Santa Barbara where we would hop on the 1 on the way home. We ended up catching a great view of the sunset from the highway and it was a great way to finish off the ride. Overall, we had a great day-ride, and we'll be going back one of these days to film and get a tour of the winery!
If you click on the image of the map, you will find a link to the route from our day trip! There's some cool stops along the route that are worth checking out! Whether you're on a bike or in a car, it's always a great time on the open road!
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