Red Rider and I committed to a century a month on our Tandem this year. So far we have ridden organized centuries once per month and really enjoyed them. This month we did not sign up for any organized centuries and with my traveling and her schedule we found ourselves trying to figure out what to do. We decided to follow the path of our last century, a local ride, and stop at our favorite winery in Napa for lunch. We started from home at 7:30 headed for Wooden Valley. There were flower fields and orchards in abundance.
We rode out of Wooden Vally and climbed Mt. George, dropping down into the Napa Valley. The following view is looking back into Wooden Valley from the top of Mt George and the ridge in the far distance, with the radio towers, is the ridge separating Wooden Valley from our home town of Vacaville. The climb is slog with quite a bit of 10-14% grade and some sections registering up to 24% for a brief but brutal bit.
The descent into Napa is fantastic. Over a 1000 ft of descent into the beautiful Napa Valley. We hooked it onto to Silverado Trail and headed for St. Helena. Silverado trail has a fantastic bike path on both sides of the road. It is wide and uncluttered. We met up with quite a few bikers from the Napa side, enjoying the 75 degree weather. The view into the valley is quite nice.
Eventually we wound up at V. Sattui, an award winning winery that only sells through their membership online and at the winery. We had a fresh basil, fresh mozzarello and tomato panini and we put some smoked salmon on it for grins. After lunch we could not find pie so we settled for huge chocolate chip cookies.
We are cellar club members there and we went to the private cellar for a little tasting, not to much, just a taste for the road.
It was Fifty miles to Sattui and we spent 1.5 hrs there so we were well rested for the climb out. We went up to Lake Hennessy and on to Lake Berryessa. The valley floor is down to 45 feet and the top of Cardiac Hill is 1100 ft. We descended into Winters and hit the wall. The wind was straight into our face and sustained at 20 gusting to 30 mph. We slogged our way home and thank goodness it was only 20 miles of the wind. We got home just in time to change clothes and bail out our dogs from doggy day care. Bought a sixer of Smithwicks ale and ordered pizza in. We are now sitting here nicely buzzed from beer, pizza and miles. We did learn one thing and that was on organized rides you stop about every 20 miles and snack. We had plenty of water and stayed hydrated but we did not eat enough. We hit a wall about 8 miles from the house and had to stop and eat a clif bar and gu before we could go on . Next unsupported ride will have plenty of snackies to get us through. 100.2 miles, 6250 ft of climb, overall moving average 16 mph.