A ride on More Mesa, on the Western edge of Santa Barbara, on a large undeveloped area surrounded by housing and above the ocean.
Length: 4.8 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy. Side-by-side and single file, rolling hills with gradual climbs, ranch roads.
Altitude gain: 140 ft
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This ride starts with parking on a busy residential street, where people whiz by at high speed, oblivious, too busy with their interior dialogues to notice that a real animal is standing on the gravel turnout. Tobe keeps a wary eye on the street while tied up to the trailer, so I prefer to bring him already tacked up and ready to go so that we spend as little time as possible in this vulnerable position.