Scout It Out Ride Wed.: SF to San Jose with Caltrain Return: 62 flat miles

Description:  

62 flat miles along shoreline from SF to San Jose.  I have not done this ride but would like to learn how to do it along the SF-Bay Trail bike path, or Bayshore path, or whatever the bike paths are called there.  I also want to find the most bike friendly roads for the trek down.  

Any help or input is welcome, as I know many of you have done this before.

14-18 MPH on the flats depending on wind.

Rest Stops:

At least 4 fairly brief ones, every 15 miles or so to refuel. Locations to be determined.

Bring:

Helmet, Tube, 2 bottles water/lytes, snacks (although we can buy food,) knowledge is helpful, too!

Rain/Drizzle cancels




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  • Franny

    Thank you Columbus, Magellan, De Gama and Lewis&Clark for putting up with this somewhat confusing route! I loved the varied sights and it was fun sharing them with you. I realize that I'll probably just do SF to Palo Alto, finish with the beautiful architecture and train it home. That's why it's good to scout things out. See you soon and stay dry!

    February 5, 2014

    • Bill M.

      Hey Sacagawea - thanks for leading us safely yesterday among great vistas, Point San Bruno Park, opposing concave reflectors, 60 mile distance covered, and electrolyte education. Leg fatigue fully recouped on CalTrain/BART ride home!

      February 6, 2014

  • Franny

    Mark, we bailed at Sunnyvale. How did you do?

    February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, I rode Caltrain from Sunnyvale to San jose . I just missed the six o'clock Amtrak, so I took the bus to Fremont Bart.

      February 5, 2014

  • Erick

    Hi franny. I just did that ride last week. I can share the map for you. I would do it the following Wednesday if you like to consider changing it.

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Erick

      Hi Franny. I like to plan this ride on the Feb. 12th or the 19th. and here is the map.

      February 4, 2014

    • Erick

      February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey; I'll catch the 8:30 ferry from BFI, it arrives at the SF Ferry building at 8:55.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Franny

      Sounds good, Mark. I usually leave 10-15 min after posted time.

      1 · February 4, 2014

  • Gazelle

    My back has been bothering me since last week and still not better, so I'm going to have to jump out of this one. I hope you plan the same ride again soon, weekday mornings are usually great for me (and less crowded all around).

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Franny

      Get better soon! We'll look for you on another ride, Gazelle.

      February 4, 2014

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists~I'm looking forward to tomorrow's ride. I have a map from Erick. I'm not on Strava so don't know if I can print it out, but I'll take down the turns. If you know the route, better yet! I've also asked him to suggest food/restroom stops. The fare on Caltrain to come back from Zone 4 is 9.00. It comes frequently in the afternoon and takes just under 1 hour to return. Bring snacks and fluids. We will make stops about every 15 miles or whatever distance is convenient to do so. See you at the clock tower!

    February 4, 2014

  • Patch O.

    This is an awesome ride! I've done it once before. It's ideal for riders who haven't tackled many longer rides and want to get into it with a flat, smooth one that doesn't have too much traffic or obstacles (and you might get a good tailwind). Caltrain is close to the entire route so you can bail out any time. I'm really into doing this... not positive but I think I can make it!

    1 · February 1, 2014

    • Franny

      Hope you can make it for some guidance…but I do have a nice map from another cyclist!

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Huda

    It look like it's an awsome ride. Hopfully I can do it.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Gazelle

    I think I can join you this Wednesday, and I'd REALLY like to try this ride. But haven't RSVP'd yet because I've never done more than 20-25 miles in one stretch. I think I can keep a 12-15 mph pace. Will that work for this ride? And yes, having the map would be great so I can check it out.

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Franny

      I'm not sure about the bail out options Gazelle but I'll send you the map. I have a good one from someone.

      January 30, 2014

    • Gazelle

      Now that you mention it, I think I actually know an option-- I believe the path in San Mateo is not far from Downtown San Mateo CalTrain station (my friend lives down the block from the bike path in that neighborhood). I didn't think about 'bail out' option...yeah, if it gets to be too much for me, I can always turn off there. And only 5th works for me as well, so it looks like I might be attempting to do this! :)

      1 · January 31, 2014

  • Franny

    I have a very good map from a fellow cyclist. I'll post the link to "ridewithwings" soon! I do not know the terrain. Heard there's some well packed gravel in a little portion.

    January 30, 2014

  • Bill M.

    FWIW - Both Wednesdays work for me.

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Franny

      Only the 5th works for me.

      January 30, 2014

  • Mike C.

    I'd love to join, but work...
    Have fun!

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Amy

    I would love to do this ride on a Sunday sometime!

    1 · January 30, 2014

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