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Old 04-22-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Last year I took a GPS track from some guys at ADVRider and modified them into a ride. The point: to ride all the way around the bay in a day. It seems easy, you see, as the San Francisco Bay is circumnavigated by freeways, highways, and byways.

What if? That's the big questions. What if the ride entailed some of the best Bay Area riding?

"It can't be done" is the common answer. In fact, last year we proved that indeed, if you take a big bite, you may not be able to chew it. Proof. The fact that the guys over at ADVRider never finished it is further evidence that perhaps it's not possible.

Today's adventure was to pair down some of the roads, as obviously there are too many, and ride it- adding in the tops of the three Bay Area peaks.

Warm weather is the name of the game. Unseasonably warm, but cooler than yesterday. I'm still nursing that sunburn on my neck from yesterday's trip to the racetrack, but today I didn't forget the sunblock. My goal is to make time, so the picture stops are less frequent than usual. By the end of this little tale, you'll understand why.

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A short ride to the west takes me to Pt. Reyes Station. Here I stopped for a piece of Coffee Cake and half a cup of coffee (don't want to have to make too many potty breaks you know.)


While I was sitting there, a few guys from The City rolled in. They were taking a before work run. I had hoped for some intel on Panoramic Drive but no luck, they came up Hwy 1.

Running down 1 toward Mt. Tamalpias the temperatures fluctuated between just right and a bit cold. I had the liners in my coat, but not my pants. At Bolinas-Fairfax Road I took a left and connected it with Ridgecrest road for a rare- not closed because it's not fire season- tip toe in from the north. What a fabulous road. Maybe I'll go back and take pictures when I'm not trying to keep an average.

Up at the top of Mt. Tam, I had to take the liners out of my coat. It's 9am and I'm roasting.


Down the front side of Mt. Tam, the temps cooled again, and while I was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, I thought that maybe taking the liners out was a mistake. Oh well, I'm just gonna deal with it.

To keep the average up, I cut down 19th Avenue in SF and then down 280 to 92, then west to Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35) I followed Skyline to Alice's, then kept going, making a right turn at Hwy 9.


Riding down the back side of 9 I got in a groove and was making some pretty good time. It all came to a halt just up from Felton where the trimmers were adjusting the trees alongside the road. A quick cut over to 17 from Felton and I was headed back over the pass into the Bay Area again. I stopped at Summit Road and took a picture with my phone. Maybe I'll dig it out and post it here.

Here it is:


I shot across Silicon Valley on the freeway and started for Mt. Hamilton. But first, lunch.
I stopped again, for some Tacos. I can't think of the name of the shop. Maybe I took a picture with the cell phone.

I did!
Tacos:
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:08 PM   #2
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Then, I saw an interesting cathedral that NEEDED to have it's picture taken. I don't know the details.


Up the hill to the Lick Obervatory on top of Mt. Hamilton:


I can't leave out the road that brought me here:


Dropping off the backside of Mt. Hamilton, I wound down San Antonio Valley Road, passing an 18 wheeler with some heavy metal plates on it. What it was doing up there, nodoby but the driver knows.

Gatoraid at the Juction. I didn't stay long as the locals were freaking me out.


Running up Mines Road was a piece of cake. Last year when we came through it was freshly Chip Sealed- complete with a layer of loose gravel. Much better this time. North through Livermore and past Blackhawk I came up the south end of Mt. Diablo. The roads are in find shape up here, and if you bought a pass at Mt. Tamalpias this morning, the ranger says I'm good to go for Mt. Diablo too!



Not to be deterred by the afternoon sun, I set my sights for Napa County. Luckily, northbound traffic on 680 was relatively light and I was able to maintain a good pace all the way up to Cordelia. Suisun Valley road and Wooden Valley Road took me up into the hills where I connected Montecello Road, Capell Valley Road, and Berryessa-Knoxville. Here's a shot at the bridge:


Pope Valley Road took me to Angwin where I re-fueled for the second time, just to be sure, then I rolled easy down "the trail" across Oakville Cross and over the Oakville Grade/Dry Creek/Trinity Road combination back into the Sonoma Valley.



Here's an interactive Google Map of Today's Track.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:48 PM   #3
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Nice. I did the exact same route on my Ducati 748 when I had it.
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It's a well known GPS glitch. Rapidly changing elevations throw the Max Speed indicator.

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You probably did it in a lot less time too.
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You probably did it in a lot less time too.
Actually, I thought I was being funny. I thought of the most torturous bike I could possibly think of, and figured everyone would know it was a joke.



That loop would kick my ass on my VFR.
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thats the Sheikh temple.... been there many times (good place to park and chat with friends)...*but dont go at night when theres people there....*
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I think you meant "Sikh." hey, if you go to a service, you get free food, all you can eat.

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thats the Sheikh temple.... been there many times (good place to park and chat with friends)...*but dont go at night when theres people there....*
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Is that "wall" a fountain? Do they ever run water over it?
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Is that "wall" a fountain? Do they ever run water over it?
i dont think its a fountain....then again...i only stayed at the outer rim of the parking lot...
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