This is a relaxing ride that follows some wonderful, quiet backroads through vinyards, meadows, oak woodlands and pasture land. The terrain is gentle rolling hills, a couple of bigger hills, and sometimes just plain flat. It a relatively easy ride. You just need to be comfortable with the distance.
Our route starts on the Santa Rosa Creek trail, taking us west out to Willowside, and onto Guerneville road for about .5 miles before turning north onto Olivet. We leave Olivet for a beautiful little back road that takes us all the way to River Road. After a short ride on River Rd we'll exit onto the Trenton Healdsburg road and wind our way through some gorgeous countryside up to Windsor, where we'll stop at a local park (with restrooms). Our return route will include Eastside Rd to Laguna, a bit of Guerneville Rd, then back onto the Santa Rosa Creek path to our starting point.
This ride should take about 3+ hours, including a rest stop. Restrooms at the starting point and at the half-way point.
To get to the starting place: from 101 take Hwy 12 exit and head west toward Sebastopol. Take the Stonypoint Rd exit off hwy 12. Turn RIGHT at the light and onto Stonypoint Rd. Turn LEFT at the next light onto West 3rd. A little shopping center will be on your left. Pull into the shopping center and park. We will meet in front of the CVS.
-Make sure your bike is in good working order and fits you comfortably.
-Make sure you know how to change gears!
-Make sure your tires are in decent shape and inflated properly.
-Make sure you bring a new spare tube that is the right size. I will bring tire irons and a pump. Flat tires are always possible.
-A bike helmet
-sunscreen, water,lunch or snacks
-appropriate shoes for biking (no sandals, open toe shoes, etc)