Join us on an unforgettable three-day electric bicycle adventure. We've planned a trek through the North Bay complete with wonderful lodging, delicious food, beautiful scenery and, of course, wine tasting.
We've crafted this trip to have a great time and explore with you what is possible on your own electric bicycle. This trip is an opportunity to discover a local, world class vacation right in your backyard.
When: June 13-15
What: An unforgettable, carbon-lite electric bicycle adventure through Marin and Sonoma. All food, lodging and activities is planned and taken care of so that you can enjoy the journey.
BYOE: This is a "bring your own ebike" trip. We will make sure that your bike is capable for the routes each day.
Price: All-inclusive rate of $975 per person ($225 extra for a single occupancy room) includes guides, lodging, and dining.
Day 1: Our adventuring group will gather 9:30-10 at The New Wheel, Larkspur Landing, with the 30-mile ride starting at 10. It's scenic bike path riding to Ross, then quiet streets - and designated bike route - to Fairfax. The nicely-shouldered Drake Hwy takes us west over Whites Hill; then northward, past redwood groves and tidy "horse country" to our midway point in tiny Nicasio (local cheese and picnic lunch stop). After enjoying yet more bucolic, ranch land scenery, we arrive in Petaluma. Our historic hotel is situated downtown, has its own wine tasting room, and is perfect for exploring the retail district on foot - pubs, a real bookstore, coffee shops, and such. A fine group dinner awaits us, just a short stroll out the lobby door.
Day 2: Petaluma's residential streets soon turn to country lanes graced with horses, cows, and wood barns as we roll north, then east to our picnic lunch stop (supplies procured in Petaluma before leaving) in the middle of the rolling ride across the northern flank of Sonoma Mountain. Every bend in the road yields new vistas, some of which seem straight out of Tuscany. But instead it is Sonoma Valley we have reached as we pedal the last few miles to Glen Ellen village, well known for its wine country heritage and as the early-1900s home and ranch of author Jack London. London's 1000-acre "Beauty Ranch" is nicely preserved in Jack London State Park, just up the hill from our hotel here. Arriving in Glen Ellen by 2pm, after about 25 miles of cycling from Petaluma, we will have time to enjoy visiting the state park and an adjacent winery. Comfortable rooms and another superb dinner cap off a day very well spent among cycling friends!
Day 3: We first pedal north from Glen Ellen, up the valley a few miles to enjoy a short but scenic loop in the hills above Kenwood. Still in cycling paradise, we roll west through the Sonoma hills - a nice mix of oak woodlands and vineyards - and then emerge, after one final glorious descent, in flat countryside to trip's end at the Cotati SMART train depot. Here participants (and their bikes) can catch the southbound train to San Rafael (or other Marin stops) shortly after 1pm - or the next southbound train closer to 3pm. It is 45 minutes by train from Cotati to San Rafael.