Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County was made famous by Jack London. While the valley itself is not spectacular, we will take some interesting roads to get there and back.
Lunch will be in Sonoma. On the way back there will be a multiple choice option. Stay and do some shopping in Sonoma, lots of shops and galleries within walking distance, visit the State Park and museum in Sonoma, or a short ride to the Jack London State Park which has the remains of his famous "Wolf House" as well as a museum of Jack London memorabilia. Anyone who hasn't read any Jack London needs to go and pick up a book or two of his.
The ride is moderate length, only about 250 miles. There are several sections of road that include some difficult uphill, and downhill, hairpins, as well as a section of pretty bumpy two lane road. Because of the road difficulty, the ride will be rated as a 5 out of 5. We won't go fast over these sections, but newer riders will probably find them quite difficult. It is possible to take freeway down to Highway 12 and follow an easy route to Sonoma for anyone who would like to meet the group for lunch, but does not want to tackle the difficult roads of the morning. The afternoon route does have some bumpy road, and some downhill hairpins, but not as difficult as the morning route.
There should be a group at the Silver Skillet at 7:30 for breakfast if anyone wants a chance to socialize with other riders before the ride starts.