Valley Ford to Duncans Mills-June Birthday Ride!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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How time flies-we’re going on another classic route to celebrate June birthdays! The starting location is at Dinucci’s parking lot at Valley Ford.

We head north on Valley Ford-Freestone Hwy to Bodega Hwy.

The next turn on Bohemian Hwy takes us through the quaint little towns of Freestone, Occidental and Monte Rio.

We head west on Hwy 116/River Rd for the next 7+ miles to the turn on Austin Creek Rd. This out and back to Cazadero Hwy is a beautiful stretch of road that runs along the creek and under the redwoods.

From Cazadero Hwy, we continue south on Hwy 116/River to our lunch stop at the Gold Coast Bakery in Duncans Mills. They have a fabulous patio area in the back with plenty of outdoor seating. The chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookies were delicious!

Our June babies: Left to Right-Debbie, Pat, Sally, Tom, Ann, Carole and Margie.

After lunch, we head west on Hwy 116/River Rd to Hwy 1. You get fantastic views of the Russian River before reaching the moderate climb up Hwy 1 to Goat Rock.

The roller coaster run along the Sonoma Coastline is quite amazing! The ocean views are oh so spectacular and beautiful!

Hwy 1 brings us into Bodega Bay where I always like to stop and have a few moments of silence at the Nicholas Green Memorial and the Children’s Bell Tower.

We continue on Hwy 1 and head inland back to Valley Ford. There are several climbs along the way-they aren’t as bad as they look!

Thanks to Debbie and Margie for leading this ride!
A “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” once again to Deb, Pat, Sally, Tom, Ann, Carole and Margie!

48 miles with 2242′ of elevation gain
~45 people in attendance with 3 tandems

Weather: MARVELOUS! Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the low 70’s to high 80’s


The sun shines different ways in summer and winter.  We shine different ways in the seasons of our lives.  ~Terri Guillemets

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Follow this route for today’s ride:
This cue sheet has an option to head north into Jenner-adds 4 miles to today’s route.

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