Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Francisco north bay
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It is a favorite of mine. You can park at the Yountville Veterans Home, or there is a park in Y'ville not far from there. (all I have on this computer is google maps and I don't see either) Get on Yount Mill Rd for a scenic little bit of the valley, it will take you to highway 29. Ride north to Oakville Cross Rd and then over to Silverado, ride north to Zinfandel and back to 29...just criss cross the valley between the two roads as often as you wish to see the 'hidden' valley.
Once in Calistoga, find a place to refresh, there is a deli in the Depot, ride out to Silverado and enjoy a wonderful return to Yountville, I usually return via Yountville Cross Road.
Riding around wine country can be exciting and the expression for the drivers who have done a bit too much tasting is saying they are "Tasted" . That said, Silverado has nice wide shoulders along the route I posted, 29 I don't remember so clearly, but I don't remember any problems, except the RR tracks are at a sharp angle, poorly paved and have warning signs for cyclists that sould be heeded. If you go through St Helena, it will be a bit of very tight traffic for the duration, but it, like the rest of the valley, is just a small town.