Marshall Wall

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Wednesday rides come around pretty fast; today we’re climbing Marshall Wall for lunch at the Marshall Store off Tomales Bay.

Wyatt and I ride out from Miller Creek Rd and head west on Lucas Valley Rd for the short climb that drops us down through the redwoods and into Nicasio.

The group heads out on Nicasio Valley Rd for the climb up Rocky Hill to the Cheese Factory.


We make a brief stop at the Cheese Factory while others roll on by.

Hicks Valley is a beautiful area with a great expanse of open meadows, vineyards and other agricultural businesses. What’s more natural than letting the land and nature be the forefront of what your life is about!

The 8+ miles of rolling terrain along Marshall Petaluma Rd brings us to the base of the climb up the infamous “Marshall Wall”. It’s about a 2 mile stair step climb with a false summit.

The first section is the steepest with a steady gradient of 9-11%. The road does ease up a bit and continues to go up along the ridge. Use the tree at the top of the ridge as your guide to the summit.

 The views of Tomales Bay are outstanding!

The turn on Hwy 1 takes us to the lunch stop at the Marshall Store. It’s an absolutely gorgeous day out here!

The 7.5+ miles of rollers along Hwy 1 heading south is always fun with fabulous views!

The stop at the Bovine Bakery at Pt Reyes Station is always a MUST for everyone. 

We take Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd to Nicasio Valley Rd for the return to Nicasio.

From Nicasio, we take Lucas Valley Rd back to Miller Creek Rd.

 

Thanks to Pat for leading the ride! It was another wonderful day of riding with the  group.The weather was perfect!

~35+ people in attendance with 1 tandem

61 Miles with 3257′ of elevation gain

Weather: FANTASTIC! Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the low 70’s to the mid 90’s

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In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.
~Sid Ceasar

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