Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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Today’s ride meets up in Nicasio for a ride out to Tomales. A couple of accidents on the Richmond Bridge caused massive traffic delays for everyone! The plan to ride out from Miller Creek to Nicasio was quickly thrown out the window; change to plan B and drive directly to Nicasio. It was a late start for everyone who showed up.
As usual, we head out on Nicasio Valley Rd to Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd. The climb up and over the Cheese factory hill takes us to Hicks Valley Rd.
We continue on Hicks Valley Rd to the climb up Wilson Hill. The average gradient is around 7% with several sections that max out at 11%! The views from the top of the ridge are spectacular!
The descent on the back side of Wilson Hill brings us to Chileno Valley Rd. There are pretty decent head winds for the next 10 miles as we ride along the rollers through the valley. The surrounding landscape in this area is fantastic; the hay fields have recently been harvested, raspberry bushes are spilling over with ripe berries and the open fields are dotted with bovines galore!
We make a left turn on Tomales-Petaluma Rd and roll along on very smooth pavement. There are several climbs on this road heading to Tomales. We get great views of the many farms, ranches and open pastures and hillsides.
The ride in the shade through the eucalyptus trees feels great; it’s actually pretty warm out today.
The turn onto Hwy 1 bring us into the town of Tomales. Our lunch stop is at the Tomales Deli & Cafe. They serve a variety of sandwiches, soups and deli items along with hot and cold beverages.
After lunch, we continue on Hwy 1 and head towards the “wind tunnel” before rolling along Tomales Bay. You can see the blanket of fog hovering over the hills across the blue waters of the bay. It’s gorgeous! It’s a perfect day to riding along here!
The climbs along Hwy 1 takes us pass Nick’s Cove and Marshall. The scenery here is really hard to beat!
The run along the rollers on Hwy 1 from Marshall to Pt Reyes Station is just plain fun! Riding out here during the weekday is great; traffic is very minimal. The last little descent bring you to the short steep climb pass the winery.
The right turn on Mesa takes us through the back side of Pt Reyes Station. There is a snack stop at the Bovine Bakery. Restrooms are available at Toby’s Community Playground located behind the market on Mesa.
We return to Nicasio via Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd and Nicasio Valley Rd. After the climb up Spillway, the remaining miles are flat and fast. I never get tired of the scenery around the reservoir; it’s ever-changing along with the seasons.
The 3 miles on Nicasio Valley Rd brings us back to Nicasio. We’re done!
Thanks to Carla and Virginia for leading the ride! It turned out to be a wonderful day out along Tomales Bay and the weather was fantastic!
~16 people in attendance with 1 tandem
55 miles with 2931′ of elevation gain
Weather: SUPERB! Sunny and warm with temps ranging from the low 70’s to high 80’s
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>RIDE, RIDE, RIDE!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>