Solano County Stroll to Lake Herman

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Todays’ ride starts from Holiday Highlands Park in Martinez and heads out to Benicia for a clockwise loop that includes a jaunt along the Benicia Marina and Benicia State Recreation Area to Lake Herman.

The ped/bike crossing on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge provides access between Contra Costa and Solano counties. We meander around the marina for a brief stop at the Benicia Point Pier; this provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the stunning views of the Carquinez Strait & Carquinez Bridge, the Franklin Hills and the Benicia Bridge. Water and restrooms are available at the end of the pier.

We continue on W K St  to the south end entrance of the Benicia Park with views of Southhampton Bay. The ped/bike trail leads us through the park and out to the Rose Dr/State Park Rd overpass across I-780.

The 2.8 miles on Columbus Pkwy goes along the eastern outskirts of Vallejo through residential subdivisions before descending to Lake Herman Rd. Lake Herman Rd is a very pleasant country back road with minimal traffic. The bucolic landscape includes old farm houses, barns and ranches. The rolling green hills and grasslands are dotted with grazing cattle. The rolling terrain brings us to our lunch stop at Lake Herman. Porta-potties are available but no water; the water fountain has no running water!


The post lunch route continues east on Lake Herman Rd for the next 2.3 miles; the Mothball Fleet comes into sight as you descend to the Suisun Vista Point Overlook on Lopes Rd. We continue north on Lopes along the I-680 corridor for the turnaround across Marshview Rd to Goodyear Rd. This out and back segment has gorgeous views of the expansive grasslands to the west and fabulous views of the marshlands along Grizzly Bay to the east.

The next 1.8 miles on Industrial Way has fantastic views of Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Goodyear Slough, the Mothball Fleet and the Benicia Bridge. We continue under the Benicia train trestle towards the Valero Refinery on Park Rd. The short climb here leads us to the ped/bike crossing on the bridge back to Martinez.

There is a welcome coffee stop at the Starbuck’s on Main St-it’s a great place to stave off the cold and catch some rays of sun.

The last 5+ miles goes through the commercial district of Martinez on Alhambra Ave and into the residential neighborhoods before finishing at Holiday Highland Park.

Thanks to everyone for braving the cold on this Solano County Stroll!

23 people in attendance with 2 tandems

VDO Stats:
42.93 miles with 2057′ of elevation gain
Avg grade: 2%
Max grade: 10%

Weather: SUNNY, COOL & BREEZY! Temps ranged from the mid 40’s to the low 50’s

I just like to have fun.

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  1. Awe.. I miss the bright sunny skies and road shoulders not covered in ash. I really enjoy reading your ride reports and viewing the photos. Absolutely beautiful. Happy New Year!

    Wayne, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too! Come on down and visit with us soon-you know California living is great! Nancy


  2. Nice day, good ride and great people! I did 40 miles on my trainer

    James, Thanks-keep spinning, you’ll be SO ready for lots of riding when the weather improves in your area! Nancy


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