California Missions Walkers Message Board › Rescheduling 3/31 Walk!
San Francisco, CA
Dear 3/31 Walkers and Meetup Members,
Previously, I scheduled a walk from M. Solano (Sonoma) to Petaluma for 3/31, the first day of my big walk from Sonoma to San Diego. However, I'm rescheduling the walk start date (tbd). In addition, I may also change the walk to the leg from M. San Rafael to M. Dolores. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope you'll join me on the next walk, wherever it may be!
Why the delay? I'm in Southern California, scouting the route that I mapped for my big walk from Sonoma to San Diego. I'll need to do a bit more planning, so I'm pushing back the start date. I should have a revised start date next week.
Why change the path? I'll be starting my big walk in Sonoma. However, there's no way to avoid walking on Highway 116 and Old Adobe Road, unless you go many, many miles north and over a mountain*. The conditions on H116/OAR aren't the safest. I'm weighing whether to schedule a Meetup for this, even if I ask for a waiver. So I may just schedule it for Mission San Rafael to Mission Dolores, which is safe.
If you have any feedback, please let me know.
In the meantime, please follow along on Facebook (no registration req'd): facebook.com/WalkingtheMissions
Thanks for your patience and hope to see you soon!
* I've scouted the route and talked to many organizations in Sonoma County and there doesn't seem to be an alternative to the 116/Old Adobe. There are many groups working on local access initiatives, such as creating and preserving general open spaces in the Sonoma area, creating walking paths through farms and private roads, and running the bay trail over the train bridge at the Petaluma River - which would be a safer and shorter route for us. However, due to budget cuts and just the general speed at which these things work, there won't be a viable route for a while. I hope that my walk will highlight the lack of a viable walking route in the area.