I’m starting to learn the differences between riding on dirt trails and paved roads in traffic (besides the obvious). Both have their advantages and disadvantages of course. The 15 mile loop along the Bolinas Ridge Trail was a little bit of everything: an intense dirt trail climb, downhill through a wooded area, to the nicely paved highway 1 back through Olema, CA. There were times I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco of a bike, traversing through not-so-tightly-packed dirt but it was a ride I learned a lot from.
It was a clear crisp day so I hopped on my bike and rode to Ocean beach in search of clearheadedness. I found it there. Sometimes it takes starring into the ocean in order to find yourself again. I was in the fine company of many other wide-eyed ocean gazers. Calmness ensued.
Round Valley Regional Preserve is just outside of Antioch, CA. The land had been used for farming and ranching for 100 years until it was sold to the East Bay Regional Parks District in 1988. The old dirt roads are now used for horseback riding, cycling, and hiking. It is a picturesque old California farmland experience. The preserve is also home to the California ground squirrel, the San Joaquin pocket mouse, desert cottontails, and the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.
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I went on the longest bike ride in my personal history: 34 miles round trip. We rode from San Francisco up a mountain (Mt. Tam) to our destination, a magical Bavarian style beer garden in the woods. The German Tourist Club is only open on Sundays once of twice a month. Once there, we refueled with a picnic and beer then started the journey home. It took us 45 minutes to climb Mt. Tam but only 5 minutes to go down. No bike photos pictured, I was too busy concentrating on accomplish my goal.
I love so much that San Francisco residents can travel an hour north of San Francisco and feel so far removed from the city. Petaluma is just the place for a nice country bike ride past farmland and rolling hills while taking in Californian flora and fauna. You might even run into a brewery too!
My thoughts exactly 🙂