This ride saw a pretty substantial turnout, for such a short notice. Originally it was decided after the board had agreed on a date for the board meeting, and then decided to ride beforehand, which is why it got only posted on Thursday. The idea of going to China Camp (on San Pedro Rd near San Rafael) came from a ride I did last July around the San Pablo Bay. I then noticed how gorgeous that 11 mile stretch around Point San Pedro was, and that it would make a nice change to the Tiburon Loop.
Group on the Bridge – A Cove in China Camp
The ride departs from the Tiburon loop at Paradise Drive, where it gose north through San Rafael and San Quentin (well not really through, unless you’ve done something very bad). China Camp is located on the north side of the Point San Pedro. At the end of that road you can also admire the Marin Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, then the route goes towards Manuel T Freitas Pkwy, with a steep climb to a bike path that lead over the San Rafael Hill down to San Anselmo. The rest of the ride would be familiar to people coming from Fairfax.
Group picture in from of the Marin Civic Center ( see more on the web site)
Apart from the members of the board, Bill, David, Dave and Jerome, a surprising number of new or less new Spokers showed up: Erik, Don, Lesley, Jeff… They gave this ride a pretty serious pace.
We were then joined by Michael who had succesfully chased us since the Panhandle, and by Brian and Joseph coming back from their more butch ride to Point Reyes.
I put the GPS information on this website where you can get the GPX file, the map of the route and even the KML file if you have Google Earth, to retrace the route!