Saturday, October 16, 2004

Healdsburg - Cloverdale and back --38.86miles

Another great ride. We started our ride in Healdsburg with a cup of coffee on the square then headed north on West Dry Creek Road. It was overcast and cool.....perfect for a bike ride. We got an early start and were ahead of the wine tasters who we usually share West Dry Creek with. We stopped at Ferrari- Carano Winery before doubling back on Dry Creek Road to Dutcher Creek Rd. If you haven't been to Ferrari-Carano, it's worth a stop. There is a beautiful, manicured garden and the tasting room and grounds are all, well ..........almost Disneyland-like; out of character with most of the other wineries in the Dry Creek Valley. It's its own thing and beautiful. Guess I'm trying to say it looks more like something that would be in Napa Valley.
We arrived in Cloverdale where there was a scare crow festival going on; very cute and small town. We crossed the Russian River on Crocker Road and headed south to Geyserville where we hoped to find a little luck. We continued south to Healdsburg and found our Mexican food there. We ate at El Sombrero Taqueria, probably the only place within sight of the square where you can get a meal for two for under $15 and have leftovers to take home. It was delicious!!! We were starved!!!
A common measurement of our rides are hills.........this ride had a few but all fairly easy. There was only one "grunt and groan" hill and it wasn't as bad as the hills near Tomales. I "wimped" out on the way back and asked to avoid Lytton Springs Road & good ole Chiquita Road (and her hill!!!) . We went straight into Healdsburg via Healdsburg Avenue, avoiding our "friend" Chiquita.
-go to ,"cycling, clip & go maps" for a complete ride description, directions and map. note: we discovered that in Cloverdale, First Street becomes Crocker......"Third Street, right on Main Street," left on First Street (not Crocker). You will be on Crocker after you cross the river, then right on River Road....


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