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Get Steamy at Steep Ravine Hot Springs

Fancy a hot soak after your spin around Marin? Try the hidden hot springs at this wave-washed cove, located just north of San Francisco along coast Hwy 1. During minus tides, a rocky pool at Steep Ravine fills with a salty, sulfury elixir … and long haired locals getting their hot spring fix. Most locals … Continue reading

Taking the High Road to Half Moon Bay

Ever heard of Devil’s Slide? This narrow stretch of Hwy 1 is dreaded by local and long-distance bike tourers alike. Don’t let it deter you! For adventures south of San Francisco, local bikers take Old Pedro’s Mountain Road instead. This overgrown fire road climbs the chaparraled slopes of Montara Mountain. Upon reaching the saddle, the … Continue reading

Bike to Hike: Pinnacles National Monument

The stunning rock formations at Pinnacles National Monument once formed part of a volcano the size of Mt. St. Helens. This ancient volcano loomed over Southern California and, in the past 22 million years, it has migrated at a rate of ~1 inch per year north along the San Andreas Fault. Today, its eroded flanks lie … Continue reading

Pie-Powered Pedaling to Pescadero

The monthly barn dance at Pie Ranch is hands-down my favorite destination for a hoe-down. A bike camping trip to this tiny slice of a farm is easy as pie and just as wholesome. Check out the trip at-at-a-glance for route details. Day One: 45 miles to Pescadero from Menlo Park Caltrain Station Our crew of … Continue reading

Potluck and Barn Dance at Pie Ranch

The monthly barn dance at Pie Ranch is hands-down my favorite destination for a hoe-down. A bike camping trip to this tiny slice of a farm is easy as pie and just as wholesome. Trip at a glance Route: Pie Ranch is located on Hwy 1 just south of Pescadero. To make it in time for … Continue reading

Bay Area Bike Camping Sites

Thank you Tom Brown and the East Bay Bike Camping Facebook group!

Pinnacles Bike and Hike

Yoked to the slip-strike San Andreas Fault, the red-orange spires of Pinnacles National Monument have crept northwards for the past 22 million years. Today, Pinnacles lays 50 miles south of Gilroy, making it conveniently accessible by Caltrain for the weekend bike camper. I got off the Caltrain in Gilroy in full dark and headed south … Continue reading

Riding Home for New Year’s Eve — Part III, Conclusion

Continued from Part II. Conclusion Three weeks later, I’m recovering from ankle tendonitis and feeling very removed from the adventurer who found exhilaration, wonder, and the generosity of strangers on the road. Who endured fatigue and self-doubt on dark lonely highways. Yet, I can recover each day in sparkling detail. I can’t say that about … Continue reading

Riding Home for New Year’s Eve — Part II

Continued from Part I. Last spring, a friend rode from San Francisco to Bakersfield in less than a day. Chatting over chicken pot pies two days later, he said he was looking for his breaking point and mused, with a quiet sort of delight, that he didn’t hit it. Infected by this madness, I’ve been … Continue reading

Riding Home for New Year’s Eve — Part I

A couple days after Christmas, I went on my usual bike ride in the East Bay Hills and reflected on 2011. There was as glaring gap in the year’s activitides — I had forgone an epic bike tour! With four days left in the year, it was decided — I was going to load up … Continue reading

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