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At the Start! (Minus Pamela)

Camp-On: Pescaderooooooo

Another summer, another epic camping trip with the fabulous Ride-On crew! Chava, Daniel, Frankie, Jorge, Jumana, Justin, Kearstin, Krista, Pamela, May, Nick and TBO — with Laura sending us off at the start and Bridget rolling with us until Daly City — set off for Marie’s Farm in Pescadero! We pedaled this route via Crystal Springs, Woodside, Old La Honda (I somehow managed to pull Iko up that loooooooong road that has some steep pitches in it!), La Honda, Pescadero Road and Pescadero Creek.
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Box Dog Bikes Summer Camp 2014

The fine folks at Box Dog Bikes organized their second annual camping trip that headed out to Anthony Chabot Regional Park in the East Bay hills this weekend. 16 of us rolled from West Oakland BART at 10AM to take the longer, 27-mile mixed terrain route with a lunch stop at the marina cafe. More campers joined in later in the evening to celebrate the summer solstice and enjoy the fine Vietnamese-theme feast provided by Lindy and Nick of Pedal Inn. Can’t wait to join in Box Dog’s next adventure!
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Camp-On: Glen Camp at Point Reyes National Seashore


 
Ride-On held our annual party in the wilderness, “Camp-On”, at Point Reyes National Seashore’s Glen Camp. A secluded location in the coastal forest, it requires either a 4.6-mile hike or a 6.3-mile bike ride to access it — both of which are challenging if you’re towing a heavy touring bike with you!

Our intrepid group this year included Bridget, Chava, Daniel, Ellen, Jorge, Jumana, Justin, Kearstin, May, Neil, Nick, Pamela, The Bearded One and myself — and it was the first Camp-On event that journeyed forth without a support vehicle! (Dustin and Kelly were greatly missed and thanks for helping to make the reservation for our spot!) As we sweated away in the summer sun, we biked close to 90-miles round trip. Here are the highlights: Arizmendi for breakfast and eventually rolling out before 11; getting our first two of four flats in Inspiration Point and Sausalito; TBO took the dirt route to Olema and hallucinated due to the heat and a lack of water and food: “I’m seeing phantom hikers on the Bolinas Ridge Trail”; a lovely picnic lunch in Fairfax (and seeing friends Ira and Mel); climbing White’s Hill in the scorching afternoon temperatures afterwards; getting another flat but meeting a cool couple that lives on San Geronimo Valley Drive that lent us a pump (and one guy wrenches for Xtracycle); beer stop in Lagunitas (and May pampered us by putting ice in our water bottles); one crew heading to the camp site with the other shopping in Pt. Reyes Station for groceries; bushwhacking through the steep portion of the trail to Glen Camp with much cursing, brought on by stinging nettles, poison oak and sheer exertion; a delicious taco feast for dinner with many beers, beers and more beers; scrambled eggs and leftovers for breakfast; a tough push-your-bike hike out of Glen Camp but rewarded afterwards with a most excellent descent (whilst dodging horse poop) back to Olema; taking the ferry back to the city from Larkspur with our last round of cold beers.

Here’s to our next Ride-On adventure — where will we end up next?

Rolling Out of SF

2012 Ride-On Portola Redwoods State Park Camping Trip

The Ride-On! annual summer camping trip headed to Portola Redwoods State Park this year. 12 of us rode together, and we also had a SAG wagon as one of our friends was injured and couldn’t ride.

Day 1: SF – Portola Redwoods SP (51.50 miles / 5708 ft)

Mission via Skyline/Canada Road/Old La Honda/Skyline/Alpine

Day 2: Portola Redwoods SP to Millbrae BART: (59.23 miles / 7617 ft.)

On the way back, several of us opted to take another hilly route on the way home via Old Haul Rode/Pescadero/Stage Road/Tunitas Creek/Woodside.

From Woodside, May, Chava and I continued on Canada Road/Skyline/Millbrae BART. May was a champ and rode all the way back to SF!