Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Los Altos Hills
I camped at Memorial Park a few weeks ago, and did a little riding around the area with my wife and another family friend (fairly casual riders). As everyone says, it's very nice. The section between Memorial Park and Pescadero is pretty gentle in both directions, and it's neat entering/exiting the redwoods (roughly at a little bridge that crosses Pescadero Creek). If you want to add a little bit of mileage and climbing, you can keep heading up the road a bit to a couple of other landmarks, i.e YMCA Camp Loma Mar, and YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. A little more traffic as the day progresses, but nothing very bad at all. You'll see the most cars at the Pescadero/Stage intersection, and you can avoid that intersection after getting the bread by going up North Street to Pescadero Creek, which goes by the Harley Farms goats.
I can't remember when the grocery store/bakery opens, wasn't open when I did an early morning ride with my wife, but open when I did a ride with my friend around 11am (lots of cyclists stopped there). They also make really great sandwiches with the garlic herb bread.