Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stop and Sip

So many men. So little time. No, no, no, I meant to say that we are blessed to have so many bike routes to do in the Bay Area. Today, I explored Livermore, meandering through its countryside and its wineries, using a route taken from Ann Marie Brown's Bay Area Biking.

A few years ago, The Boyfriend and I had a pleasant outing visiting Livermore's wineries by car. He's been away on a business trip. If he's lucky, I shall take him on this bike tour.

The route starts at Sycamore Grove Park and I discovered quickly how bike friendly Livermore is -- with its paved trails and bike paths on roads. The roads are clear of glass, not smooth but not full of holes, and traffic is minimal.

On to Wente Vineyards where I once attended a friend's wedding. The area has changed though since then, back in the early 1990s. I encountered plump quail, dead birds, vultures, cows, horses, and goats. What's with the goats in people's front yards?

A lovely relaxing ride, nodding to other cyclists, seeing the countryside, and checking out wineries. Yes, I stopped. No, I did not sip. I'd like to go back and do a longer ride and before the weather becomes too hot to handle.

Just the stats:

19.5 miles
1 hr 30 min.
24.5 mph on descent
12.5 mph avg

1 comment:

Alison Chaiken said...

I signed up for the Primavera Century next month, which probably takes much the same route through Livermore that you went on today.