Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Wyatt and I start from Miller Creek Rd to meet with the Weds group at Nicasio for a ride out to Tomales. The return along CA-1 S includes a stop at the Bovine Bakery at Pt Reyes Station.

The first few flat miles along Lucas Valley Rd travels pass the residential neighborhoods of Gallinas Valley and continue on rolling terrain for the short 7-9% climb up to Big Rock summit.

The descent on Lucas Valley winds through the scattering of homes and ranches nestled within the redwoods out towards the open space around Nicasio Valley.

The turn on Nicasio Valley Rd takes us to Nicasio Square for the meet up with the main group.

Nicasio Valley Rd continues 3.2 miles through the expansive grasslands of Nicasio Valley and along Nicasio Reservoir. The water level for the reservoir is extremely low; the old bridge on the Old Nicasio Valley Rd has re-emerged and can be seen above the muddy flats!

We head north on Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd for the mile long 6-8% climb up to the summit; the descent drops us down the other side of the valley towards the Marin French Cheese Factory.

Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd continues along Hicks Valley with gorgeous views of the open grasslands and agricultural farmlands!

The next 2.7 miles along Hicks Valley goes pass the hillside vineyard, open pasture lands and expansive fields around County Line Harvest Farm.

The turn on Wilson Hill Rd takes us on top of the ridge around Antonio Mountain; it’s a steep 7/10th of a mile climb with gradient ranges of 10-13%! Take a look around and enjoy the spectacular valley views!

The descent on the other side of Wilson Hill Rd is wickedly fast-it drops us down into Chileno Valley. Chileno Valley Rd is a gorgeous quiet country back road with minimal to no traffic. The rolling terrain on this popular cycling road leads you through the scenic Laguna Lake, soft golden hillsides, open fields and grasslands of the surrounding cattle ranches and farms.

Chileno Valley Rd takes us north towards the Sonoma County line at Tomales Petaluma Rd. We head west on Tomales Petaluma Rd for 5.2 miles through the wide open space of the expansive Rancho Blucher into Tomales.

CA-1 N leads us into the town of Tomales for our lunch stop at Tomales Deli.

We exit Tomales and take CA-1 S; the first few flat miles goes along the lagoon with scenic views of the marshes and surrounding low hills.

CA-1 S kicks up a bit as you wind up through the grove of eucalyptus trees. The rolling climbs follow the curvatures of the shoreline along Tomales Bay through the small towns of Hamlet and Nicks Cove.

The rolling terrain continues along Tomales Bay through the town of Marshall out to Pt Reyes Station.

Mesa Rd is a great detour off CA-1; this quiet back road leads us through the residential neighborhood out to the center of town at West Marin Commons.

The short climb out of Pt Reyes Station on CA-1 N takes us onto Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd; the descending terrain has one short climb up towards Black Mountain Ranch and gently flattens out all the way towards the stop sign at the colored bridge.

We stay on Pt Reyes Petaluma for the short spillway climb up to the reservoir. The flat terrain goes along the western edge of Nicasio Reservoir to Nicasio Valley Rd.

The turn on Nicasio Valley Rd takes us on the flats that run along the eastern edge of the reservoir. The road goes through the gorgeous valley for the small bump up and over to the Nicasio Cheese Factory and Nicasio Valley Farm.

We ride around Nicasio Square back to Lucas Valley Rd.

The return to Miller Creek on Lucas Valley is a gentle 5 mile climb through the redwoods back up to the summit at Big Rock. 

The descent is fast and twisty with a couple of very tight left turns! The flat terrain through the valley takes back to the Community Center.

This is a wonderful ride along the many beautiful country back roads of Marin! Thanks to Wyatt for another great tandem ride!

Garmin Stats:
75 Miles with 4304′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 701′
Max grade: 12%
Terrain: Rolling with some hills

Weather: Spectacular! Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged in the low 50’s to the mid 70’s. NE winds with 44% humidity

Take the time to soak up all the sunshine!



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