Swift Industries Summer Solstice Campout

Seattle-based bag company Swift Industries organized a worldwide “Summer Solstice Campout” this weekend, aka #swiftcampout, that inspired folks to get together for some fun outdoors adventures on the longest day of the year. Jenny, Sean and Manny (employees and fans of Rivendell Bicycle Works) secured a scenic spot at Lake Chabot for 50 friends. Emily led a mellow “not-Manny” ride, while Manny plotted a route that followed his weekly “Taco Tuesday” trails. TBO and I couldn’t stick around as our Iko’s under the weather at the moment — but we had fun on our 30-mile mixed terrain jaunt in the East Bay Hills and hanging out with folks for a few hours afterwards!
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Seagull Scavenger Hunt: Biking the “49-Mile Scenic Drive”

I know the “49-Mile Scenic Drive” was originally created to showcase San Francisco’s attractions by car — but I’ve always wanted to ride the entire route by bike (plus it makes it way easier to navigate the crowds and traffic through the city.) TBO and I found this version online (I believe it was created by the SFBC), so we used it as the basis for our adventure. It deviates a bit from the actual route, so we’d hop on and off at very points to stick with the seagulls. And the original route ends on 280 North, so obviously we skipped that part!
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