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Carquinez-Martinez Bridge Loop | Historic Towns Tour | 42 miles, 2300' climb

  • Pleasant Hill BART Station

    1365 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA (map)

    37.926605 -122.056600

  • At the BART exit. I have an orange bike and I'll email cyclists my cell number.
  • Description:  This ride has everything...from rolling rural hills, to small towns, across two bridges with excellent protected bike lanes, through industrial areas past a sugar mill and oil refineries, along railroad tracks and ending up in modern civilization!

    Visiting the tiny town of Port Costa is like stepping back in time.  There are many preserved buildings from the 1880's when it served as a port for sugar, hay, wheat and potatoes.  Benicia was California's first capitol city and there you can see the small capitol building.  It has a lovely waterfront as well.

    Once we cross the Benicia-Martinez bridge, we'll ride through industrial areas, past C&H Sugar Mill with spooky broken windows, along railroad tracks and past oil refineries.  There are no fumes, however!

    Annual Membership Fee:  10.00 to help support my own Meetup Dues and planning

    Meet:  9:30  Depart:  9:45  Please check in with me when you arrive.  Use BART restroom before we roll.

    Bring:  Helmet, tube, SNACKS, WATER/LYTES.  Be self-supporting with food.

    Rest Stop:  Benicia at any one of a number of cafes.  I will announce departure time once we arrive at Benicia and our meeting place will be at the old Capitol Building.  

    Pace:  12-18 MPH on the flats.  10 min. wait at the tops of hills or key turn points.  Social Pace not a Race!  I'm sorry, no sweeper.

    Rough Route:  http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/636064478

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