Wednesday, June 22, 2016
This Sonoma County ride heads north from Valley Ford for a counter clockwise loop along Bodega Hwy to Bohemian Hwy; it travels through the quaint little towns from Freestone to Occidental and Monte Rio. It follows the Russian River through the shady redwood forests on Moscow Rd into Duncans Mills. The return includes a gorgeous roll along the beautiful Sonoma Coastline with a stop at the Children’s Bell Tower Memorial at Bodega Bay.
Begin on School St in Valley Ford.
Head north on Valley Ford Rd.
Turn right on Freestone Valley Ford Rd; this country back road travels along Ebabias Creek for a short climb up to Bodega Hwy.
Continue north on Bodega Hwy.
Make a left on Bohemian Hwy into the town of Freestone.
Bohemian Hwy gently winds around the valley meadows and ranches along Salmon Creek to CYO Camp.
The road climbs up through the shaded woodlands into Occidental with 7-9% grades.
Roll through Occidental.
Bohemian Hwy descends through the beautiful woodlands along Dutch Bill and Alder Creeks.
At the Y junction, stay to your left onto Main St; the road travels parallel to Bohemian Hwy into Monte Rio.
Turn left and head NW on Moscow Rd; this gorgeous road follows the curvatures of the Russian River under a dense canopy of redwoods through the small riverside community.
Moscow Rd leads you out-of-town to the open meadows and across the Russian River towards Duncans Mills.
Lunch stop at the Gold Coast Bakery.
Head west and follow the Russian River along Hwy 116 to Hwy 1.
At the junction, head south on Hwy 1 and cross the Russian River for a moderate climb up to Goat Rock.
The rolling terrain on Hwy 1 stretches 10 miles south to Bodega Bay on state property along the magnificent Sonoma Coast.
Enjoy the views of the sandy beaches, craggy cliffs and rugged shores!
Hwy 1 S to Gleason Beach.
Hwy 1 continues south towards the coastal fishing village of Bodega Bay.
Salmon Creek to Bodega Bay.
Stop at The Children’s Bell Tower Memorial.
Roll through Bodega Bay.
The road turns eastward as it gently heads inland along Cheney Gulch.
At Bay Hill Rd, Hwy 1 continues on a series of rolling climbs up to the eucalyptus-lined ridge.
The swift descent on Hwy 1 takes you through the valley into Valley Ford.
This is one of the most beautiful rides along the quiet country back roads around Sonoma County! You’ll enjoy the gorgeous scenery from the inland valleys and shady redwood forests to the Russian River and the spectacular Sonoma Coastline! The weather is usually amazing and the landscape is always perfect, this is California riding at its finest-short and sweet!
40.37 Miles with 2221′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 547′
Max grade: 9%
Terrain: Flat-rolling with a few low hills
Weather: Sunny and warm. Temps ranged from the low 60’s to the high 70’s with brisk NW winds.
Follow this route for today’s ride: