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Bike Camping! Day 3

On Monday morning, February 20, I woke up early in the Hikers Hut. We had planned to ride 20 miles on our last day, starting with cruising the fire roads down the mountain and then climbing back up and over one last pass, rolling back to the Menlo Park Caltrain station to ride home. I was a little sore from the two days of riding behind us, but looking forward to another sunny day on the road. We took it slow that morning too, eating breakfast, drinking coffee and reminiscing about the epic game of jenga we had played the night before. Aside from one flat tire, the trip was a smooth as you could hope for.

George is all packed and ready to ride.

As am I.

Rolling down Towne Fire Road - zoom zoom

George and his newly named Shamrock Shake - George built this bike with the help of friends and the good peeps at Spokeland

Carrie taking a moment to gaze up at the monumental Redwoods.

Carrie - Klunking - 'nuff said

Carrie fixed this flat in about 10 minutes - whoever says that ladies can't fix things hasn't met my friends.

Tired, but happy as we BART home at the end of the ride. Until the next one.....


Bike Camping! Day 2….

Sunday morning on President’s day weekend, I woke up at Pie Ranch, climbed out of my tent and discovered goats just yards away chomping on their breakfast.  We took it slow getting out of camp, taking time to make coffee, eat breakfast, walk around the farm a bit and visit the goats and chickens.  Ginger and Brooke rode the whole 43 miles back to the train that day, but Carrie had discovered a gem of a destination for George, Carrie and I to make our way to.  23 miles took us through farmland along the coast, a stop in Pescadero for another lunch, and then back up to the Santa Cruz Mountains to stay at a Hikers Hut that the Sierra Club runs in Sam McDonald County Park.

Rolling along Cloverdale Road

A conservation easement along Cloverdale Road.

Riding up Towne Fire Road as the sun begins to set

Hikers Hut!

Sunset at the Hikers Hut

Ollie Mayer (center) led the charge to build this Hut in 1977. Thank you Ollie and thank you Sierra Club for making this available for everyone to enjoy.

dinner = vegi tacos with homemade guac and refried beans

jenga......


Bike Camping!

I took a three day bike trip with my good friends Carrie Harvilla and George Chan over Presidents Day Weekend. Totally amazing. The plan – Saturday morning take BART and CalTrain to Menlo Park, ride 42 miles, climbing over the Santa Cruz Mountains en route to Pie Ranch just south of Pescadero, go to a barn dance for the night, camp out on the ranch, and then the next morning ride 23 miles back up to the Santa Cruz Mountains to stay at a Hikers Hut that the Sierra Club runs in Sam McDonald County Park.   Monday morning, ride 20 miles, starting with cruising the fire roads down the mountain and then climbing back up and over one last pass, rolling back to the Menlo Park Caltrain station to ride home.

Sometimes a plan is just a plan, but man, did this one work out.  As George kept saying throughout the weekend, “Great programming, Carrie, great programming!”

Clearly I'm excited for the ride ahead.

Day one, we met some new friends. We rode with Ginger, Brooke and Veyta. Here is the crew taking a break half way up Old La Honda Road, an 1100 foot climb in 2 miles. This road is a common training ride for the spandex road riders in San Mateo County. They were a little taken aback by our rag tag crew climbing up this pass fully loaded with camping gear. At one point, one of them asked Carrie if she was carrying a microwave.

The climb was worth it. Looking west over the Santa Cruz Mountains as we begin our decent to La Honda.

Farmland in Pescadero Valley. Breathtaking topography. Beautiful weather. Can't complain.

After eating a late lunch at the sandwich deli in Pescadero, we climbed out of the valley and happily came upon a tail wind that carried us the last 11 miles down Highway 1 to Pie Ranch.

While the barn dance was a blast, I sadly don’t have any pictures to share. All I can say is even if you think you’re too hip to go square dancing, what you may not know is that it’s actually the hip thing to do these days. Pie Ranch is guaranteed to be a good time!

Carrie, me, Ginger, Brooke, and George. Happy Campers, ready to ride on day two.

Stay tuned for more pictures and tales of the rest of this adventure…. Fire roads, redwoods and jenga to come.