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SLash2012-06-10 22:15:43 +0000 #1
We recently did a 6 day supported bike tour that took us from Petaluma to Healdsburg, then a loop around Healdsburg including Armstrong Woods, from there to Occidental, from Occidental to Sea Ranch (including King Ridge), from Sea Ranch to Bodega Bay and from Bodega Bay back to Petaluma. Six days, 245 miles and 16,753 feet of ascent. More climbing than this flatlander has ever done.

It was a great tour - riding and scenery, if you're interested you can read about it starting here www.loveofbikes.com/?p=2002 then just follow the link at the end to the next post - there are 5 posts now, soon to be 6.

Tons of pictures too, consider yourself warned.

Susan
Trek4202012-06-10 22:31:01 +0000 #2
I was raised in Sonoma county. For all I've seen of the world I still feel it's the most beautiful place on earth and some of the nicest people.

I'm glad you like it too.

Nice photos and description of the tour. Thanks for taking me on a tour of home.
maillotpois2012-06-10 22:33:58 +0000 #3
Great photos and write up!

It's fun to see someone else's perspective on roads we ride all the time. Makes me realize again how lucky I am to be able to ride here.

Glad you had a good time!
SLash2012-06-10 23:18:48 +0000 #4
Thanks to you both for reading the posts and for your nice words.

Trek420, Growing up there must have been wonderful! I actually said while we were riding at one point - why couldn't I have grown up here - thinking if I had I would still be there. I just couldn't get over the beauty and the variety of beauty - every day was different but it was all gorgeous. And the people were friendly. I was surprised that every time we passed another cyclist - they always waved or spoke - doesn't happen where I live. As you could probably tell I loved it there.

Sarah, I'm glad reading the posts made you feel lucky to live there because you are!!! Seriously lucky and I'm seriously jealous!

Susan
Trek4202012-06-10 22:34:44 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by SLash

Trek420, Growing up there must have been wonderful! I actually said while we were riding at one point - why couldn't I have grown up here - thinking if I had I would still be there.

It actually was a good place to grow up. Still is I think.

Guess I'm lucky that after the war my parents dream was to be chicken farmers

And while they looked in Napa and Marin they found an affordable farm in Sonoma county.

I'm nearby now, greater urban Bay area and planning a move to the PNW. But Sonoma county will always be home to me. I love my brown hills and rugged coastline.

Sure, once you see it you'll want to live there.

But to keep Sonoma county rural and beautiful we need you to do what you just did: come here, see and hike and ride our brown hills and redwoods and staggeringly beautiful coastline, eat delicious local foods and wine (Napa wine country who??), leave lots and lots of your discretionary income because we neeeeeed your money, go back home and entice everyone else to do the same.

Alternatively if you want to move here; my condo's up for rent in the East Bay where the jobs are. You're an easy hour away from all of this with great rides right here too. You'd be near the Bay Trail, Alameda Creek Trail, the East Bay parks and more or could be in Sonoma in a little over an hour any time.
jobob2012-06-10 23:17:49 +0000 #6
What a great report!

DH and I rode the Asti Tour de Vine last month. which started in Cloverdale and went around Healdsburg; we saw a few tour groups when we were down around Healdsburg and I'm pretty sure Undiscovered Country was among them.

I wonder if we crossed paths that day? This was on Sat Oct 15; although it looks like that might have been the day you arrived in Petaluma.

You picked an excellent time to come out here, nowadays it seems summer in our region is Sept & Oct.
SLash2012-06-11 00:37:04 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Trek420

It actually was a good place to grow up. Still is I think.

Guess I'm lucky that after the war my parents dream was to be chicken farmers

And while they looked in Napa and Marin they found an affordable farm in Sonoma county.

I'm nearby now, greater urban Bay area and planning a move to the PNW. But Sonoma county will always be home to me. I love my brown hills and rugged coastline.

Sure, once you see it you'll want to live there.

But to keep Sonoma county rural and beautiful we need you to do what you just did: come here, see and hike and ride our brown hills and redwoods and staggeringly beautiful coastline, eat delicious local foods and wine (Napa wine country who??), leave lots and lots of your discretionary income because we neeeeeed your money, go back home and entice everyone else to do the same.

Alternatively if you want to move here; my condo's up for rent in the East Bay where the jobs are. You're an easy hour away from all of this with great rides right here too. You'd be near the Bay Trail, Alameda Creek Trail, the East Bay parks and more or could be in Sonoma in a little over an hour any time.

Will just have to continue to visit and support the state of California through tourism not property taxes...

I'd love to move to a rural area of Sonoma County but can't for two reasons: Ethan and Isabel.

We are being held hostage, happily held, by an 11 year old and 8 year old - grandchildren. Until they're a little older we can't bring ourselves to leave. Every time we travel some place that we love and could see ourselves living in we go back to considering it... then we visit E & I (1 hour away from us) and decide - again - to wait a few more years.
SLash2012-06-10 23:09:53 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by jobob

What a great report!

DH and I rode the Asti Tour de Vine last month. which started in Cloverdale and went around Healdsburg; we saw a few tour groups when we were down around Healdsburg and I'm pretty sure Undiscovered Country was among them.

I wonder if we crossed paths that day? This was on Sat Oct 15; although it looks like that might have been the day you arrived in Petaluma.

You picked an excellent time to come out here, nowadays it seems summer in our region is Sept & Oct.

You were there one day before us, but UDC tours does rides there weekly in October so you probably did see them. If you had of seen me I was the person with the ear to ear grin riding or taking pictures...

We took over 1100 pictures for the trip including our 3 days in SF.

We had heard September and October were closer to summer there than fall - the weather couldn't have been better. We originally were scheduled to go in June but had to cancel, then August and had to cancel and reschedule - turned out for the best going when we did.

Thanks for reading the posts and the nice words.

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