My turn to host a ride.
It is quite scenic on low traffic roads. Highlights will be riding thru Canyon under the redwoods, climbing Pinehurst to Skyline (short but steep) and Grizzly Peak, the views from the top of the Oakland/Berkeley Hills, plunging down Wildcat Canyon, the 3 Bears, and the nasty climb on Rheem at the end of the ride. Total mileage is around 53 miles for 4,700 feet of climbing.
Start at Lafayette BART station @ 7:30. (or a bit later if more convenient).
South on Moraga Rd. and St. Mary's Road to downtown Moraga and Pinehurst.
Northwest on Pinehurst under the redwood forest thru Canyon and up to Skyline over Oakland.
North on Skyline, then Grizzly Peak over Berkeley.
East on Shasta Road and East Park Drive thru Tilden Park.
East on Wildcat Canyon down to the San Pablo Reservoir.
Northwest on San Pablo Dam Road.
North on Castro Ranch Road.
East on Alhambra Valley Road.
South on Bear Creek Road, up the 3 Bears and back to Wildcat/San Pablo Dam intersection.
South on Camino Pablo Road thru Orinda.
South on Moraga Way.
Northeast on Glorietta.
East on Rheem with a nasty short hill and a steeper descent on the other side.
North on Moraga Road back to Lafayette.
After ride gathering in downtown Lafayette, plenty of places to choose from, I am thinking about Papillion on the plaza just across Sharp Bicycles.
Houdini (a.k.a. taxi777)