This is a casual round trip bike ride where we'll be riding through historical Benicia, across the Benicia-Martinez Bridge to the Martinez Shoreline and back to our cars. There will be 5 landmark stops.
From the Benicia State Park parking lot, we'll ride east through Benicia's older neighborhood, to catch glimpses of the Carquinez Strait. There are small rolling hills for about a mile or so and then it flattens out as we get into the downtown area. We'll then head to Benicia's waterfront on the First Street Promenade to make a stop at the depot for a bit of history. From there, we'll follow the bay trail through the marina, then head north to the Benicia-Martinez Bridge Vista, our 2nd landmark stop. From there, we'll ride across the Benicia-Martinez bridge through the downtown area of Martinez then onto the Martinez Shoreline Park. We'll stop at the end of the pier for views, a little history and a snack break. Our return ride follows almost the same path where we'll make two more historical landmark stops.
After our ride, for those interested in dining out, we'll head on over to Benicia's downtown area for lunch. We'll check out Lucca Bar & Grill. They have an outdoor area in front of their restaurant and sometimes the patio area is open with live entertainment.
Where to Meet and Park: We'll meet in the parking lot at the Benicia's State park between Military West and K streets (Take Military West exit from Hwy 780). The fee to park is $6.00. "Or" you can park on Military Street or K Street for "free" than take a very short ride to the State Park's parking lot.
Riders should be experienced and comfortable with riding on hills. This is a casual bike ride where we'll take in the scenic views. We'll ride at a moderate pace and make a few stops throughout the bike ride.
o Total elevation gain: approx. 650 feet
o Helmet required.
o Bike pump, spare tube and patch kit suggested.
o Bring water and snacks.
o Rain or smoke cancels ride.