The California Dream Ride route is carefully planned to provide riders with the most gorgeous vistas and, wherever possible, separated bike paths or quiet neighborhood streets with great pavement and little traffic. Our support staff are experienced and attentive to your every need, along the route and with all details of dining and lodging.
2019 California Dream Ride
** Due to the flooding that occurred in the Russian River area this past February, we have unfortunately been advised that our planned lodging will not be ready for our group. Our thoughts are with our neighbors to the north who continue to be affected.
Please note the newly updated itinerary for Wednesday and Thursday.
Sunday, 9/22: Check-in day, Folsom
Your tour starts in Folsom, a League of American Bicyclists Silver level “Bike Friendly Community.” With over 95 miles of bike path including the new Johnny Cash trail, Folsom Lake, and the historic downtown area to explore, consider arriving early to take in the local scenery.
Rider check-in begins at 4 p.m., with orientation and dinner immediately following at 5 p.m.
Monday 9/23: To Winters (64 miles, 900 climbing feet)
After a delicious breakfast, the ride begins with a beautiful 30-mile bike ride along the American River on the Jedidiah Smith Memorial bike trail. With abundant wildlife residing near the river, there will be plenty of opportunity for “oohs” and “awwws.” We'll stop for lunch in Old Sacramento at Hoppy's Railyard Kitchen, another favorite local hangout, then continue on thru Davis and to Winters for the night. Our stay will be highlighted by lodging at the long-awaited, brand-new boutique hotel, Hotel Winters, winetasting at Turkovich Family Wines, and dinner at the historic Buckhorn Steakhouse.
Tuesday, 9/24: To Calistoga (54 miles, 3100 climbing feet)
Today’s ride will take the group through a variety of scenic terrain. From the farmland and orchards surrounding Winters to the rolling hills of Lake Berryessa and on towards the stunning vineyards of the Napa Valley, today will be an epic experience. After a full day in the saddle, you’ll be able to relax poolside in the soothing mineral waters at the hotel in Calistoga following a sumptuous catered dinner and wine provided by Clif Family Winery. Consider scheduling a massage at the hotel spa!
Wednesday, 9/25: To Santa Rosa (56 miles, 2200 climbing feet)
After another hearty breakfast, your ride will continue thru Jimtown and Healdsburg, popular cycling destinations with great roads and lovely wineries. The Dry Creek General Store provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing lunch among the vineyards, with time to do a bit of wine tasting. Single-lane bridges and quiet country roads will take the group to River Road, which follows the Russian River and passes through a centuries-old redwood forest. We'll continue south from Forestville, wrapping the day up at the Best Western Garden Inn in Santa Rosa.
After dinner, riders are encouraged to catch a lift to Sebastapol for a screening of Motherload, hosted by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. Motherload is an award-winning, inspiring documentary about cargo bikes by filmmaker Liz Canning, a Marin Co. resident.
Thursday, 9/26: To Corte Madera (65 miles, 3000 climbing feet)
Today’s ride is epic! After leaving the hotel in Santa Rosa, we'll pedal along country roads towards Tomales, making our way to Highway 1. Lunch at the Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. After lunch, we’ll head east through yet another lush redwood forest at Samuel P. Taylor Park. With a little luck, we’ll catch Joe Breeze at the Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame for a personal tour! Tonight we'll have a leisurely evening by the hotel pool, with a BBQ dinner and movie.
Friday, 9/27: To San Francisco (42 miles, 2200 climbing feet)
While the miles on our final day together appear to be fewer, our last day promises to be packed full of fun! The morning starts with a ride around Tiburon Point, through Sausalito and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Upon entering the City by the Bay, we’ll have lunch on the waterfront at Crissy Field, ride through Golden Gate Park, and explore much of the city’s wonderful bicycle infrastructure before heading to our hotel downtown. You won't want to miss our last evening together and farewell celebration at the speakeasy located in the fabulous Barrel Room.
PLEASE NOTE: The Dream Ride itinerary, including overnight destinations, restaurants and daily mileage, is subject to change at the ride director's discretion. Please direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.