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Old 10-03-2019, 04:44 PM   #1
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Roads to happiness

Wednesday's clear skies and cool weather told me I needed to take a nice ride, so who was I to question such wisdom? I put together a nice 130 mile loop with a bit of everything: twisty two lane, county farm roads, a remote gravel mountain path, and deserted funky pavement, all featuring great scenery.

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I headed downhill from home feeling the familiar tingle of anticipation...



...then up Pleasants Valley Road and past a very tranquil Lake Solano.



Back roads north of Winters took me past farm fields prepped for fall planting.



Riding Hwy 16 up Capay Valley I entered Cache Creek Canyon...



...then soon turned off on deserted and abandoned Yolo County Road 40 aka Reiff Road which starts off with a creek crossing on an ancient condemned bridge, only passable during times of low water.



Then the real fun began, thirteen miles of rugged trail snaking up and over two ridges. I didn't encounter another soul the whole way. Here is starting uphill after the creek crossing-



The views just kept getting better the higher I got.







Almost to the first summit I stopped for water and a snack while soaking up the sound of............pure silence.



Heading downhill I could see Davis Creek Reservoir in the distance and the steep path that would take me down to it.



After lots of switchbacks the road levels out near the reservoir-





Climbing up to the second ridge top brought more steep switchbacks...



...and bleak fire damage from two years ago.



Finally I dropped down to the end of Reiff Rd. and turned left on Morgan Valley Rd.



continued next post....

-Bill

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...continued

The smooth, fast pavement of Morgan Valley Rd. provided a real change of pace for a few miles...



....then things got rustic again as I eagerly headed down Berryessa Knoxville Rd. for 15 miles of secluded, funky pavement.



I can't ride this stretch without getting sore cheeks from grinning inside my helmet. Scenes like this along with the occasional coyote or bobcat scurrying across the road just make it a ton of fun.







A shady turnout made for a perfect lunch stop.



Finally reaching Lake Berryessa it was time to turn toward home.





So much beauty, so many miles of smiles, life is good.

-Bill
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Old 10-03-2019, 05:18 PM   #3
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Almost to the first summit I stopped for water and a snack while soaking up the sound of............pure silence.
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:06 AM   #7
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Another great ride report!
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Love the photo's Bill!!

Making me wish I was there now.. instead of here.
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