After meeting in San Francisco at a hotel near Fisherman?s Wharf, your guides will transport you north across the Golden Gate Bridge for the one-hour transfer to the ride start in Petaluma. If it is a fog free day, we will cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to take in the picturesque view of the Bay Area from the bridge. You?ll enjoy a gorgeous route past the pastoral beauty of the ranches and farms of rural Sonoma County. After finishing the ride to lunch, you can ride to the hotel or we?ll shuttle to Bodega Bay to tonight?s resort. Nestled on a hillside above Doran Beach, our lodge is a perfect place to take in the area?s natural beauty. From your balcony, enjoy views of Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Dinner and a full-service spa are only steps away. Lunch and dinner included.
Cycling: 46 miles; Elevation gain/loss +3198'/-3180'; Van transfer: 1 hour
We?ll rise early this morning and drive to Tomales Bay. Mornings are typically best for placid paddling conditions on the bay. We?ll paddle out with a local naturalist to view a variety of bird and marine life such as osprey, harbor seals, pelicans, bat rays and more. We?ll spend about 3 hours exploring the coastline before paddling back to the hamlet of Marshall. Back on the beach we trade our kayaks back in for bikes to begin biking back towards Bodega Bay. After returning to our hotel, we?ll have some free time before dinner at a favorite nearby restaurant. All meals included.
Cycling: 26 miles; Elevation gain/loss +1425'/-1425'; Kayaking: 3 hours
As the morning sun burns off the nightly blanket of fog, you may choose to take a stroll along the tranquil bay before indulging in a hearty breakfast. Today we?ll head into the coastal range for a cruise into the heart of the redwoods. At the Armstrong Redwoods State Park, we?ll stroll among 1,400-year-old trees that tower over 300 feet high and create a unique microclimate. Shafts of light filtering through the canopy make for an enchanting experience. After lunch enjoy a cycle up to our new home for the night in Occidental. Breakfast and dinner included.
Cycling: 42 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +2195'/-1688'; Hiking: 30 minutes
Today you'll ride out of Occidental along verdant, tree-lined roads back to the Russian River. You'll continue east through the vineyards and into the town of Windsor. After lunch you'll continue to pedal up a local cyclists' favorite route over Chalk Hill and into the charming town of Healdsburg, your home for the final two nights of the trip. Breakfast and lunch included.
Cycling: 47 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +2093'/-2562?
More than 100, actually, in the whole of the Alexander Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). Today will include some truly classic wine country riding on quiet back roads dotted with welcoming vineyards. Visit a winery offering stunning, vista views where we?ll enjoy a picnic lunch and a wine tasting. This afternoon you?ll have some free time and you may consider treating yourself to a massage at a nearby spa. All meals included.
Cycling: 40 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +2101'/-2101'
We?ll start the day with an early pre-breakfast loop ride out along the eastside and westside roads where the magnificent vineyards of the Russian River Valley will seemingly stretch forever. The valley is one of the cooler wine growing regions in northern California, specializing in varietals like chardonnay and pinot noir. We?ll loop back to the hotel on what many will regard as their favorite ride of the week. You?ll have a chance to enjoy breakfast and return to your room to freshen up and pack before departing Healdsburg. We?ll then shuttle back to San Francisco where we will congratulate each other on an awesome week in wine country. Breakfast included.
Cycling: 20 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +747'/-747'; Van transfer: 1.5 hours