We recently rode in our second two-day Grand Cru ride from San Francisco to Petaluma and back to visit Lagunitas Brewing and other breweries along the way.
We rode out from the Embarcadero through North Beach towards the Golden Gate Bridge loaded with supplies and camping gear.
The obligatory shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from Chrissy Fields
Our first stop was Iron Springs Pub and Brewery in Fairfax. I had a Kent Lake Kolsch. I was a little surprised to not receive it in a Kolsch glass.. but getting it this way probably meant more beer for me.
A flight of beers from Iron Springs
We rode off from Fairfax, to climb White Hill
Then we rode through Nicasio. Beautiful green hills, blue skies and cows.
The group, riding along Nicasio Valley Rd
It’s It at the Cheese Factory. I was looking forward it all morning.
Rolling out after a short ice cream break
Petaluma – The Willowbrook Ale House. Had a really good burger lately? … With fries?
We saw the remnants of a police chase and car crash from our campground.
We headed to Lagunitas Brewing and got a flight.
At the bottom of the glass: “BEER SPEAKS”
This dude had a 4 wolf moon t-shirt. And a 3-wolf belt buckle.
A great burger… with fries! I wasn’t even hungry. I just got it because I had to.
This is Bud, rocking the mic.
Poor Eric – his tent was broken. Looked more like a bivy.
Dog outside of the bathroom
Aeropress coffee with Scarlett City Roasting beans. We had the Nicaragua Los Papales. (It was fine as a strong aeropress brew but at home, I find the beans to be slightly boring.)
We had brunch at Henny Penny’s before heading back south to San Francisco. In searching for information about this place online, I learned that in 2003, the owner of the restaurant was robbed in his home and died of a heart attack during the robbery. 9 of the 10 suspects in the robbery have been arrested..
Back to lighter stuff – this chili pepper sauce has the YouTube logo on it. I don’t know why. Apparently they have a lot of YouTube videos, including this one that ends with 1) a guy spinning a box of hot sauce bottles 2) a different guy kissing a hot sauce bottle
We all headed south to Novato to stop by Moylan’s Brewery. Most of the group stayed there and then stopped by Marin Brewing before catching the ferry back to San Francisco. We elected to ride all the way back to the city. Once we got back, we rewarded ourselves with a burger and onion rings at Gott’s. and a white pistachio shake.
May 9th, 2012
Here are some photos from the the AIDS LifeCycle NorCal day on the ride:
Gathering in Mike’s Bike’s in San Rafael prior to the start
I took this picture for two reasons. 1) I thought it’d look cool with the guy kneeling and talking on the phone. It didn’t turn out as cool as I’d thought. 2) Old school Trek Y-foil road frame.
Riders getting ready to roll out
and they’re off.. people were wearing bunny ears for Easter
1st rest stop: Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
peanut butter and jelly in graham crackers by Pierre foods
Ahhh! got a flat on the Nicasio Valley Rd climb.
Not a good bike day for me though I felt fine riding. Later in the day my rear wheel got pretty messed up from a pothole-filled descent. Eventually the rim so out of true that it was rubbing against the brake pads. I had to stop and do a little work on the side of the road.
View from Hicks Valley Rd
We cut through a more residential part of Petaluma – it was a nice little section of road en route to lunch
Lunch at the park. Turkey + havarti sandwiches from Boudin.
We did about 65 miles in all. I felt a bit tired towards the end was was climbing well otherwise. It was fun to see a bunch of other riders out (~400 total?) and to see all of the volunteers for the event.
April 28th, 2011
We rode in one of the official ALC training rides last Saturday. I took the GF1 along on what turned out to be a gorgeous day. Grand total: 92 miles of training ride, 108 miles total and I felt pretty good.
We started off in Portrero hill. We rode through Mission bay just after sunrise en route to the meeting point at the Presidio Sports Basement
Sun over mission bay
Riding along the Giants Promenade by AT&T ballpark
Fast forward to the climb up White’s hill from Fairfax along Sir Francis Drake Blvd.. A huge group of 20+ cyclists powered past us on the climb.
The always popular Rancho Nicasio. Lots of Dolce Vita riders representing.
I forget where this was – probably Point Reyes Petaluma Rd / Red Hill Rd
Beautiful shadows on the rolling hills
The cheese factory – Marin French Cheese Company
At the top of Wilson Hill Rd
Lunch at the apple box
Climbing back up the hill on Petaluma Pt Reyes Rd
I treated myself to an It’s It at the cheese factory
The view of San Francisco from Sausalito along Bridgeway
Looking west from the Golden Gate Bridge
Always a spectacular view
March 19th, 2011