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Point Reyes Weekend

Cost. A few bucks for the campsite (it was $40 for the site, divide that by however many people show); and you will need to buy a $9 ferry ticket on Sunday.

Route: 45 miles out (with one big hill), 29 miles back. We’re going out on Saturday over the Golden Gate and via Highway 1, and then back on Sunday via Sir Francis Drake to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal for a 4:45pm ferry (there’s also a 1:40pm one if we get going early). This makes for a unique route the whole way; we get in a bridge and a boat for extra adventure-ness; and the second day is shorter so we don’t have to feel as rushed heading out of camp. There is one big-ish hill at the end of day one (it’s called “Sky Camp” for a reason). You can see the route either via this Google Map , or at Map My Ride (clunkier interface but includes elevation chart). I will not bring copies of maps; please print your own. Or the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Map covers the area and is also a nice item to have in your pannier and around the house.

Meeting time: Saturday March 9, at 9:15am. Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza (Google Street View), which is the traffic island between the Ferry Building and where Market Street ends. There are those futuristic looking pillar/lights, I’ll be at the one to the west; that’s the right side of the Street View picture. We’ll leave at 9:30 sharp.

Other Information About The Ride. I would like this to be a no-drop ride – i.e., staying together as much as practicable, and not leaving slower folks behind.

Sir Francis Drake and Highway 1 are fairly busy roads, so please ride single file. Bring front and rear lights – we definitely are not planning on riding at night, but it can get foggy and lights help increase visibility.

In Point Reyes, the last half-mile or so to Sky Camp is dirt fire road. However, it is usually pretty well graded since NPS vehicles go through regularly to take out the trash and otherwise maintain the campsites. Worst case scenario we can walk it.

If it looks like a bit of rain, the ride will happen. If it looks like it’s going to rain the whole $*%& weekend, I’ll cancel. If the weather report looks dodgy, watch this page the Friday before and I’ll post something by 5pm.

Gear. It might rain, and it might be cold. Check the weather and pack accordingly. The average low temperature overnight in March is around 40° F (5° C). A suggested bare minimum packing list:

  • raingear
  • a tent
  • warm sleeping bag
  • two liters of water (refills at Stinson Beach and the Pt. Reyes visitor center)
  • layers of warm clothes (long underwear, insulated jacket, etc.), which you'll want at the campsite after the sun goes down.
  • bowl + spoon
  • extra tube for your size tire
  • bike lights
  • map (just in case you get lost or separated)
  • phone
  • food (see “Food” below)
  • headlamp or other light
  • panniers to carry all the above

You may also want to review the “Bike Touring Basic Packing List” Google Doc that was created and edited on the group’s message boards.

Sky Camp has pit toilets that should have TP, and a water spigot. I would like us to have one stove per five people, if you can post to the comments if you can bring one (I’ll have one).

Food. Pack a lunch and snacks for both days, we will just stop somewhere scenic around noon for lunch and picnic.

For Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast, for those that are interested, I’m going to bring my favorite camping foods. If you want me to bring extra for you, say so in your RSVP comment (e.g., “Two tasty bites and one breakfast please”) by the end of Wednesday March 6. I’ll pick up extra for you from the store, and you can pay me back on the trip (and save some room in your panniers to carry it).

Joe’s dinner Saturday night: my favorite heat-and-eat quick-and-easy camping food is Tasty Bites (Indian food), with minute rice. I usually eat two Tasty Bites after a long day of biking. $3-4 per Tasty Bite. No guarantee of specific types.

Joe’s breakfast Sunday morning, like oatmeal but better: mixture of rolled amaranth, buckwheat, and kamut, with butter, agave syrup, zante currants, cinnamon and nutmeg. $2 per person.

I’m looking forward to it! In the meantime, pray for no rain, and post any questions or comments below.

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  • Joe M.

    Hey folks, I wrote this up for Adventure Cyclist's "Bike Overnights" blog, they finally got around to putting it up: http://www.bikeovernights.org/post/san-francisco-to-point-reyes-sky-camp

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • Joan G

      Nice article on a fun trip!

      February 26, 2014

  • stuart b.

    Finally, I get to tell the tale of the Pt. Reyes bike/camping trip: Within 15 minutes of the ride (my first with Norcal & first bike overnighter ever) I became separated from them. My crank fell off as we were approaching GGB. I went to Roaring Mouse and they had me back on the road w/i minutes. I raced across the bridge and through Sausalito but couldn’t find them. Two hours later, I was ALONE on the side of a mountain halfway between the ocean and Muir Woods on Shoreline. I asked every biker coming up and going down if they had seen a group of panniers? No one saw them. They had vanished. Then, like the crackling sound from the radio of a crashed plane in the Andes, I get a cell message, “We missed the turn-off. We are behind you.” Relief. They’re coming. Advice to all rookies: tighten your crank, bring plenty of snacks, and take lots of photos to remember a great adventure with a bunch of wonderful people. Thanks Joe Arri Joan David & Aaron

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • aaron c.

    Thanks for organizing Joe! Very sad I had to bail early

    March 11, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Great trip, good to meet everyone! I messaged Aaron, and he said: "I was able to catch the 61 bus from Stinson Beach to Sausalito in time for the last ferry to SF. Sadly, I had to wait in Stinson Beach for 2 hours, forcing me to lay on the beach and soak up the sunshine." So sounds all good there.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Joan G

    Great scenery, camping, riding, weather, and cycling companions. Thanks Joe for organizing and leading this trip. Aaron hope you made it back ok and are feeling better. Ari, thanks for leading us back to Sausalito. Looking forward to another trip!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic trip! Everybody was supportive to each other as we bicycled up some challenging hills, to enjoy a nice view and night of camping at the campground (great spot, btw), sleeping under the stars. Lots of great riding, great group to ride with, Tasty Bites and coffee, and the weather was perfect-what more can one ask for?

    1 · March 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      will try and post pictures later today...

      March 11, 2013

  • Kelly W

    Joe, I'm all packed and was heading out the door, and a retaining clip on my trailer broke. I'm soooooo pissed :-(

    March 9, 2013

    • Joe M.

      Argh! Sucks. Next time...

      March 9, 2013

  • Joan G

    I will meet the group along the Mill Valley-Sausalito bike trail, at Pohono Rd (see link below). Joe said it was okay :-) Saves me some gas and driving time, coming from Sacramento. I'll be wearing a bright yellow vest and white helmet.

    http://goo.gl/maps/aNL0B

    March 8, 2013

  • Kelly W

    If this wind doesn't die down it's gonna be a long day tomorrow.

    March 8, 2013

  • Ashmi W.

    I'm out of town. Have fun!

    March 8, 2013

  • Joe M.

    The weather looks good so I think I can safely say this is a "go."

    To recap:

    Joan, Ari, Kelly and I are bringing stoves.

    I am bringing breakfast for Ari, Kim (assuming she feels better), David, Stuart, and me == 5 breakfasts.

    I am bringing Tasty Bites for David, Stuart, and me == 6 tasty bites (2 per person). Plus rice.

    Any corrections to that, or other thoughts/questions, please post. Otherwise, see y'all Saturday morning!

    March 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for posting the recap. Excited to meet the group.

      Ok, so my stove heats one pot of water (or food) at a time. It doesn't trouble me to bring it, but do we need 4 stoves? If you think it'll be useful, I'll bring it.

      btw, if anyone is lacking a sleeping bag or a spot in a tent, those are available and could be brought.

      March 7, 2013

    • Joe M.

      It's your stove, so really it's up to you. I think we would use it if you bring it (faster food is always nice), but we'd also definitely get by if you didn't.

      March 8, 2013

  • Kim

    Hey I'm still not 100% and need to do some shopping before my first camping tour so sadly don't think I can make it this time.

    March 7, 2013

  • Frankie M

    Sorry to do this at short notice, but I won't be able to attend this weekend's trip. I hope you have a great time and I look forward to meeting some of you on future rides!

    March 7, 2013

  • Kim

    I'm fighting a cold so on the fence. Should I bail and sign back up if I feel good?

    March 5, 2013

    • Joe M.

      Nah, just update on Friday with whatever you think will be the case. The only difference from my perspective is whether to bring a breakfast for you -- doesn't look like we'll be running out of spots on the trip.

      March 5, 2013

  • Kelly W

    I'm gonna give it a shot. I'll bring a Jetboil and coffee for the morning. Cheers -

    March 3, 2013

  • stuart b.

    Did u say a"truck"? What road? Sorry about the wrist. Re the food , please put me down. Thanks

    February 27, 2013

  • Mik K.

    truck broke my wrist.

    February 23, 2013

    • Joe M.

      Bleagh. I broke my own wrist (trying to take my jacket off while riding, crashed) in September. It sucked. Heal well and quickly.

      February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, seriously, sorry to hear that.

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be fun!

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great, can I join in on the Tasty Bite for Saturday night and Sunday morning breakfast? I'm crossing fingers to the Rain Gods!

    February 27, 2013

  • Laura L

    Was looking forward to this ride and the breakfast! Turns out I'll be in Mexico City this time.

    February 20, 2013

  • Kim

    Joes Bfast for me!!

    February 13, 2013

  • Frankie M

    This will be my first bike-camping experience. Aside from tent/sleeping bag/warm waterproof clothing/bike in good working order, what other equipment do you recommend? I have market panniers (no top), should I try to borrow Ortliebs (or similar)?

    February 8, 2013

    • Joe M.

      Oops, link to bucket panniers: http://www.instructab...­

      February 8, 2013

    • Frankie M

      Awesome tips. Thanks for adding all the info!

      February 11, 2013

  • stuart b.

    Looking forward to my 1st overnighter. Can I bring my guitar? ( just kidding)

    February 11, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Plans have changed and I have to bail out.

    February 10, 2013

  • Joan G

    I will also bring a stove.

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a stove to contribute. One breakfast please.

    February 8, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Will be my first trip with the group!

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds excellent! I can't wait.

    February 8, 2013

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