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Davis - SF ride(5 posts)

Davis - SF ridetachShoppe
Nov 27, 2001 11:28 PM
does anyone know of a ridable route from Davis to San Francisco. street names etc... I'm mainly interesting in going from Davis to Napa and down through Marin. But any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Try the AAA "Bay & Mountain Section" mapcory
Nov 28, 2001 9:18 AM
I've ridden all around there, but not recently, and it's changed a lot in the last 10 years. If you're an AAA member, their medium-scale maps are good for planning trips like that. "Bay & Mountain Section" is actually the old name--it changed a few months ago--but they'll know what you mean. It covers from Reno to the coast, and from about Truckee south as far as Santa Cruz. I've used it to lay out a lot of rides. It's free to AAA members.
re: Davis - SF rideBrooks
Nov 28, 2001 1:53 PM
Rode from SF to Boston some years back. The hardest routing was from SF through Marin to Napa and Fairfield (Solano County). The AAA map suggestion is a good one. You may want to call some bike shops in each area for specific bike-friendly routes.

Good Luck.
Krebs Cycling Mapschar
Nov 28, 2001 7:40 PM
Available at most bike shops, great maps. There was a Sacramento-San Francisco map he put out, I gave it to a co-worker, I haven't seen it in the shops lately, this would be the one to get. I've been thinking SF to Sacramento then up to the Sierras this summer, probably go the Delta route.

Info from the Wine Country map
(831) 685-bike
Here's a good route....Starliner
Nov 28, 2001 8:58 PM
First, get a map with main roads labeled.

From Davis, take Russell Blvd west out of town. It'll take a few bends with other roads forking off, but after not quite 15 miles you'll ride into Winters. 35 miles to go until Napa.

In Winters, stay put on the road and continue straight toward the mountains just beyond and onto Lake Berryessa. (If you want to grab a meal, turn left onto the main drag and go a few blocks until you see a cafe at the corner of a building on the right, before leaving town.)

A few minutes of riding will get you to the mountains, and you will soon be riding along a fairly flat, winding road with a stream on your left and beautiful rolling hills to your right. After several miles, you will encounter a dam ahead, and the road will climb up to the top.

There, you might want to pull over and admire the cliffs and the lake behind the dam. Continuing from there, the road climbs and descends in cycles for awhile. One of the climbs has earned the name Heartbreak Hill, but you probably won't be climbing it in the middle of a road race during the heat of summer.

By now, you're riding on Highway 128. After around ten miles from the dam, you'll reach a junction point where 128 continues on to the right, and Highway 121 goes to the left. You'll want to take Highway 121 all the way to Napa. There, at the junction, however, there is a restaurant and store which you may want to fuel up at, because there's nothing between there and Napa but road and rolling hills.

My ancestors came to California in 1849 and settled in this area you'll be going through during this part of the trip. After maybe eight or ten miles, you'll begin climbing up the side of a high cliff, with the rural vineyards of Wooden Valley gradually falling away to your left while the cliff rises above your right shoulder. Be patient, after a couple of miles you'll reach the top and begin your final descent, a three mile ride into Napa Valley.

From Napa, I would forget about going to Marin County direct. Traffic is too thick, too dangerous, and it's a task.

Instead, ride south on highway 29 to Vallejo which is 15 flat and easy miles south of Napa. There, go to the marina and take the ferry boat to San Francisco. It'll drop you and your bike near Fisherman's Wharf. From there, cruise west through the Wharf, the Marina and onward toward the Golden Gate Bridge, which is the best way I can think of to get to Marin County from Napa without taking your car or getting run over by one.

Sounds like a nice trip. You'll see a lot of different scenery and changes of pace.