Despite the forecast of a 50% chance of light showers most of the day, and rain by the afternoon, Thomas, Larry, Nancy and myself were joined by Rob, a prospective member, to see if we could complete the Jersey Ride before the rains. Jerome met us at the Golden Gate Bridge making six brave
We regrouped in Sausalito and again at the bend of the bike path, where Rob took the direct route to Tiburon. Nancy mentioned an alternate route after the Camino Alto climb from the intersection of Corte Madera Avenue at Tamalpais Road that avoids the busy crossing of 101 and two onramp lanes we pass through, and we were all game.
Immediately after turning onto Tamalpais at the stop light, we then turned left onto Montecito Drive and a short distance down the road, is the bike path on the right side. Where the path had a split we stayed to the right and it appeared we were on a Rails-to-Trails path, which took us right to Paradise Drive after we crossed under 101. We continued on the path around the east side of The Village at Corte Madera where we picked up the normal route at San Clemente Drive and then back onto Paradise. It was unanimous that this was much preferred to the normal route.
In Tiburon, we lunched at Café Acri and then headed back, with a short lived tailwind. Once back on the bike path, we were riding into a full headwind, and Jerome took the opportunity for a quick tutorial in pace lines.
We completed the return trip via Fort Baker and underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, arriving back at Peet’s with barely a sprinkle all day. Jerome then lead the ride to City Gallery, where Ronman is showing his exhibit, Before Eve!