Martinez-Benicia-Crockett Loops

Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Today’s metric century crosses the Benicia-Martinez Bridge to Benicia for a counter- clockwise loop around Lake Herman Rd to Columbus Pkwy and out around the waterfront. The second loop of the route goes out to Crockett via Franklin Canyon and McEwen Rd to Carquinez Scenic Dr followed by a climb up Crockett Blvd to Cummings Skywy.

We cross the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and take Park Rd to Industrial Way; this road goes along the edge of Suisun Bay with great views of the Mothball Fleet and Mt Diablo.

We head a bit further north for an 9.2 miles out and back stretch along Lopes Rd and Goodyear Rd; these road parallels I-680 with fantastic views of the hillsides, wetlands and marshes.

The rolling climbs on Lake Herman Rd take us to the Lake Herman Recreation Area; there are porta-potties but no water here. Since we’re both on mountain bikes, we decide to follow the gravel/dirt trail that goes partially along the lake to Benicia Community Park. This park is huge; there’s a ball field, large picnic area with several playgrounds, a fenced off doggie area, a Frisbee play area and even a skateboard park-WOW! We follow the path around the park and exit the same way we came in.

We continue on Lake Herman Rd for the one climb up to the top at Syar Industries; it’s under a mile long with 5-7% grades.

The descent on Columbus Pkwy turns south to the I-780 crossover on Rose St to Benicia State Park. We follow the Bay Area Ridge Trail through the park; this section of trail has wonderful views of Carquinez Strait and the Carquinez Bridge.

We meander along the bike route to our lunch stop at the 1st St Pier in Benicia. You get wonderful views of Carquinez Strait, the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, the Carquinez Bridge, Mt Diablo and the surrounding wildlife.

The jaunt along the waterfront goes through the condos and townhouses situated around the marina out to the edge of Turnbull Park.

We make our way back up towards the Benicia-Martinez Bridge crossing and make an additional detour out to Vista Point. The path goes under the southbound section of the bridge up to east side; the trail winds up to the point with magnificent close-up views of Suisun Bay, the Mothball Fleet, Mount Diablo, the RR bridge, and the Benicia-Martinez Bridge!

The second loop on this route exits the refinery area and enters Historic Downtown Martinez on Marina Vista Ave to Alhambra Ave.

The flat 3.6 miles on Franklin Canyon Rd leads us to the short gentle climb up east McEwen Rd to Carquinez Scenic Dr.

From Carquinez Scenic Dr, we ride along Crockett’s waterfront area along Winslow and Jackson St to Loring and Rolph Ave; this little stretch around town offers close-up views of the older buildings, the Carquinez Bridge and the C&H plant.

The climb up Crockett Blvd to Cummings Skywy is 1.9 miles with an average grade of 5.2%; this road has full sun exposure with little to no shade!

Cummings Skywy turns SE with a very gentle climb followed by a fast descent to Franklin Canyon Rd. The loop is completed with another downhill on Franklin Canyon to Alhmabra Ave. The ride finishes up with a climb up Muir Station Rd to Center Ave and up Muir Rd for the Hwy 4 crossing on Glacier Dr to Midhill Rd.

By checking the route map, you can lengthen or shorten the ride, there are many possibilities. The ride across the bridge is always great fun! Come on out and enjoy the scenery!

Garmin Stats:
65.07 Miles with 4108′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 670′

Weather: FANTASTIC! Sunny and hot with clear blue skies and brisk SW winds. Temps ranged from the high 60’s to the high 90’s

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No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.
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