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    Marin route question

    I'm in SF this week on business, and am taking Friday to do a 100k ride.

    I want to do something in Marin, and found this route over at mapmyride: Marin 60 mile ride

    I don't know the area at all, so was hoping someone could give me pointers, tips etc on these roads. I like climbing, but don't like busy roads with no shoulders...

    Thanks!!

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    I don't know Marin too well, but it looks similar to a route that was run this last weekend on this forum.

    If you're interested in getting on BART there's a flurry of local activity in the East Bay hills this weekend.

    Lanceoldstrong is hosting a ride on Friday covering the inner east bay through some nice quiet somewhat hilly territory. I'm getting a ride together on Saturday (see Easy Bay Hillls Ride 2 post) which overlaps some of that route, but spends more time on the Oakland/Berkeley ridge with some nice climbs through the trees and hopefully some very nice panoramic views of the bay.

    Both BF routes are ~50-60miles with 4-5000ft total climb and you could get to both by BART without much trouble.

    There's also the Low Key Hill Climb in Orinda on Saturday morning if you like more strenuous punishment!

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    Highway one and Sir Francis Drake have no shoulders and can get busy although traffic might be okay on a Friday. Fairfax-Bolinas Road is closed between Fairfax and Ridgecrest Blvd which is too bad because that would be a good way to do a loop but cut off some of the busier stretches of road.

    Here are some ideas you might use to try to make a new loop:
    * Start in SF and ride north across the Golden Gate Bridge and then head west on Conzelman road and do that loop through the Marin Headlands and then come back into Sausalito
    * Take highway 1 all the way past Stinson Beach and hang a right on Fairfax-Bolinas road and take this up to Ridgecrest. Turn right.
    * Follow Ridgecrest and bear left to go up to Mt. Tam.
    * When descending from Tam bear left again on Pan Toll and then left on Panoramic Highway
    * Take this all the way to Highway 1 and turn left again

    I tired for about half an hour to map this out for you but google maps is totally !@#%*@ up for that area when it comes to the routing of roads. Maybe it thinks some of the roads are one way or something?

    Anyway I think the above route would be around 60 miles and a little bit better traffic wise. Have a good ride whatever route you take

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    Here is one example of Google maps being reeetarded

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    Thanks silentben, I'll definitely check this out, I appreciate the info!

    On edit: I see what you mean about googlemaps, it really doesn't want to cooperate on some of those stretches!!

    Quote Originally Posted by silentben View Post
    Highway one and Sir Francis Drake have no shoulders and can get busy although traffic might be okay on a Friday. Fairfax-Bolinas Road is closed between Fairfax and Ridgecrest Blvd which is too bad because that would be a good way to do a loop but cut off some of the busier stretches of road.

    Here are some ideas you might use to try to make a new loop:
    * Start in SF and ride north across the Golden Gate Bridge and then head west on Conzelman road and do that loop through the Marin Headlands and then come back into Sausalito
    * Take highway 1 all the way past Stinson Beach and hang a right on Fairfax-Bolinas road and take this up to Ridgecrest. Turn right.
    * Follow Ridgecrest and bear left to go up to Mt. Tam.
    * When descending from Tam bear left again on Pan Toll and then left on Panoramic Highway
    * Take this all the way to Highway 1 and turn left again

    I tired for about half an hour to map this out for you but google maps is totally !@#%*@ up for that area when it comes to the routing of roads. Maybe it thinks some of the roads are one way or something?

    Anyway I think the above route would be around 60 miles and a little bit better traffic wise. Have a good ride whatever route you take
    Last edited by chipg5; 11-18-08 at 10:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipg5 View Post
    I don't know the area at all, so was hoping someone could give me pointers, tips etc on these roads. I like climbing, but don't like busy roads with no shoulders...

    Thanks!!
    A lot of that route has no shoulders, but the traffic should be light on a Friday, especially if you're going early. On Highway One, the cars that are there will be passing you pretty fast.

    The descent down Panoramic toward Stinson has some pretty tight hairpins; everything else is pretty straight forward. Stop to refuel in Point Reyes Station at the Bovine Bakery, and if you want, there is a bike path near the 35 mile mark that you can take to cut out a lot of Sir Francis Drake. Right before you get to Sir Francis Drake (which you would be turning left on), you should see a path to the right. You take that, go under a bridge, and emerge on a paved bike path that parallels Sir Francis Drake as you go through Samuel P. Taylor Park.

    Eventually, the paved path turns into a dirt path. If you want, you can turn left right before that happens and go back onto Sir Francis Drake. Or you can just take the dirt path; it's very road bikable. If you stay on the path, it will eventually dump you out at Sir Francis Drake, at which point there's only a mile or so left with no shoulder. Once you hit Fairfax, you'll be biking through residential neighborhoods the rest of the way.

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    Thanks ConstantRider.

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    Thanks guys, my ride was great, went Panoramic Highway to Rt 1 north to Point Reyes Station, then up to Inverness and back to Muir Beach via Shoreline (Rt1), what a spectacular ride! I'll be back for more!

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