Wednesday, February 8, 2012
To extend today’s group ride; Wyatt and I start out from Miller Creek Rd to meet up with everyone in Nicasio. The short climb on Lucas Valley Rd takes us up to Big Rock for the very cool descent through the redwoods.
The turn on Nicasio Valley Rd brings us to Nicasio. The sight of the morning fog lingering above the hillsides creates a soft dreamy landscape-it’s lovely! The group is already gathering near the ball field.
We continue on Nicasio Valley Rd to the climb up the Cheese Factory Hill on Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd. The pastoral rolling hillsides are turning brilliant green and yellow mustard flowers are in bloom! The view of the low layer of dense fog hovering over the reservoir is gorgeous! I thank my lucky stars that I can be out here to enjoy all this natural beauty that surrounds us-WOW!
The Cheese Factory hill climb is a little over a mile long with an average grade of about 6%. Food, water and restrooms are available at the Marin French Cheese Factory. It’s a great place to stop and regroup.
We head north on Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd to Hicks Valley Rd. The scenery is outstanding; the hills and meadows are an eye-popping green! You can never get tired of riding out here-I always manage to see something different! Hicks Valley takes us to our next turn at Marshall Petaluma Rd.
Take the time to enjoy the gentle rolling terrain to Walker Creek Ranch; the climb up “Marshall Wall” begins at the foot of the ranch. The two miles stair step climb has a false summit. The first section is the steepest with gradients ranging from 9-11%, the road eases up a bit and the climbing continues up along the ridge with gradient ranges of 7-8%. The views of Tomales Bay are fabulous! The wickedly fast descent drops you down to Hwy 1.
We reach our lunch stop at the Marshall Store only to find out that they are closed! Their Winter Hours are in effect; January 2nd-April 1st 2012-Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon 10AM-4PM. Now everyone is thrown off-no clam chowder!
We need to fast forward to the Bovine Bakery at Pt Reyes Station. The run along the rollers on Hwy 1 is always a blast and the views of Tomales Bay are fantastic!
The turn on Mesa Rd takes us on a short roundabout way through a nice little residential neighborhood in Pt Reyes Station. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom-gorgeous! The revised lunch stop is at the Bovine Bakery; but guess what-it’s CLOSED too-for remodeling! Wow-now everyone is thrown a curve ball; the last resort is to get something at the Palace Market.
We return on Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd to Nicasio Valley Rd. Wyatt and I take Lucas Valley Rd back to our start on Miller Creek.
Thanks to Joan for leading! What another fabulous day to be out riding!
Wyatt has recently taken to counting road kill: 7 skunk total
~30+ people in attendance with 2 tandem and 1 recumbent
Extended route: 60.9 Miles with 3294′ of elevation gain
Original route: 42 Miles with 2361′ of elevation gain
Weather: WONDERFUL! Brilliant sunshine and blue skies with some early morning lingering fog. Cool morning temps in the mid 40’s with afternoon temps reaching the mid 60’s. South winds blowing along Hwy 1
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALWAYS CHOOSE TO HAVE FUN!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Follow this route for today’s ride: