Bike Travel Weekend

The Ferry from San Francisco to Larkspur Landing

Adventure Cycling Association, from Missoula, Montana, sponsors a great program – to get out on your bike and travel.

I need to keep lifting weights. I can actually see how losing the first 10 pounds has made a difference. Now I’m really motivated. 25 more to go!

Kat and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, close to the world famous Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. We decided to also try the new SMART train from San Rafael to Santa Rosa.

Bikes on the Ferry

Leaving the Ferry Plaza Building in SF

Since I commute to San Francisco every day, I’ve left that out of the adventure as far as this blog goes. Taking the Ferry was fun and exciting, even for locals like us.

The boat is a powerful catamaran that gets you across the bay in 30 minutes

The ferries carry many commuters every day and they plan to expand the system, which is needed

Since it was the first of the month, we got to experience their “man overboard” drill where they throw a life ring overboard and scoop it up with a hook

The San Rafael – Richmond Bridge, which we have kayaked near for many years

The tunnel between Larkspur and San Rafael. SMART is laying the last mile of tracks, so soon, you can get off the ferry and get on a SMART train

The train tracks are on one side and the walking / cycling path on the other side

The SMART train is one of the biggest highlights of this trip. It’s a beautiful train that travels through a beautiful part of our country and the SF Bay Area

Northbound out of San Rafael

Brand New, great color scheme, comfy

When we got to Santa Rosa, we were welcomed by local Flying Goat Coffee in historic Railroad Square

Santa Rosa is Charles Shultz’s home town, and there are statuettes of the Peanuts characters around town

We arrived at our motel, the Astro, which is a mid century motel that has been renovated and is quite hip and fun

We stayed at a similar kind of place in Bozeman last fall – I love these rennovated motels, because growing up in NJ, we had a yearly family vacation to Wildwood at the “Jersey Shore”, and stayed at “The Time and Tide”

Beautifully landscaped and they have a great lounge with cool old stereo equipment that still works and sounds great

On Saturday, we rode our bikes to the Hop Monk Tavern in nearby Sebastopol, about 7 miles away

There was a fun Blue Grass jam going during lunch. It was 92 degrees, so we found a nice place in the shade. Russian River Pliny The Elder and superb Salmon Tacos….

The Santa Rosa Creek Trail was much nicer than the Joe Rodota trail.

We had dinner with our great friends, Rick and Katie… At a superb restaurant, Lecoco’s

Kat on the way home

The hills along the train ride home

Back at Larkspur Landing, waiting for the Ferry …

It was calm in Larkspur and in SF, but holy moly, the wind and chop coming through the gate tells me the fog will be back soon.

It was a warm but excellent long weekend being tourists in our own backyard.

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