Cycle17 and Overthere share some riding in Sacramento/Davis, California over Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s the ride report.
Day 1 Davis to Winters, CA
35 miles @ 14.6 mph avg. 67 degrees cloudy, windy, scattered showers.
First let me say that Davis is an amazing city to be a cyclist. Clean, friendly and bike lanes and bike signals are everywhere. A great cycling experience! Now to the ride… We started out right from town and road at a modest pace through many of the streets Saturday morning. I think we both hoped that the clouds would part and the sun that California is famous for would make an appearance, but it was not to be. Our ride took us out on a beautiful bikeway that was like riding on our own little superhighway for cyclists. Despite the weather there were other cyclists along the route to Winters. The agricultural fields and Olive groves we rode through were very scenic despite a strong headwind blowing right at us 75% of the way out. I tried to stay up front most of the way and act as a windblock for my petite partner. We even had to avoid a sprinkler system at one point, but still we soldiered on like good Bike Forum disciples! The route which was very nice with some flat terrain, and lots of false flats and fast rolling hills(small bumps). We arrive in Winters and Overthere led us to a place called “Steady Eddies” which is quite obviously a regular hangout for cyclists of all levels. Eddie’s is a very quaint little place that smartly caters to the abundant cycling traffic. The ride back was fast and fun once we got warmed back up. Overthere showed that she had some speed and the wind did almost blow me off the road during a sharp turn once, but my MT Biking skills served me well and I got off the gravel and back on the asphalt without incident. Despite the somewhat chilly temperatures, the wind and some light showers, the ride was still very enjoyable and my ride partner was pretty awesome to hang out with as well.
Day 2 Sacramento- American River Trail
37 miles @ 15.3 mph avg. 77 degrees, sunny, warm and breezy
You California cyclists are some lucky mo’ fo’s! That’s all I’ve got to say…. Haha! What a beautiful ride this was. We only rode a portion of the A.R.T. but the scenery was amazing. Ducks, cranes, squirrels, rabbits and a giant pheasant were a few of the things I saw during this ride. The MUP had a moderate level of traffic, but many sections we rode felt like we owned them to ourselves. I gave Overthere a few tips on cornering and before I knew it she was taking series of twisty turns pretty fast. This ride was just right for a Sunday ride. We even got to share a three rider paceline for about 8 miles coming back as a guy passed us and we sucked his wheel for a few miles before returning the favor. Overthere ended with about a 2.5 mile turn at the front around 21 mph. Did I mention that this little dynamo can ride?.... Yep.
The time off the bikes was fun as well. It included tickets to a game between the A’s and my RedSox which was a great treat even though the sox lost. A few great meals including all you can eat sushi, some pasta, wine and of course great company. I can’t wait to visit the Sacramento/Davis area again.