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Old 04-02-08, 11:37 AM   #1
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CA Zephyr + Bikes *Take 2

My bride-to-be and I are planning a train ride/bike tour to N. California in early July for our honeymoon. The link below is our route, going from Sausalito counter-clockwise. We'll plan to end back in San Francisco (mapmyride.com really bogs down around 170 miles, so I couldn't complete the route to San Fran).

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...lito/670752939

Specific questions I have are:
1. Are there any camping options near Nicasio or on the Point Reyes NS road toward Petaluma?
2. I hear the Nicasio Road and Hwy 1 east of Muir Beach are fairly treacherous. Your take on these roads and bike safety throughout the route (suggested riding times, etc.)?
3. Best way to get bikes from Berkeley to San Francisco? We'll be heading that direction sometime around 9 or 10am.
4. Hot springs recommendations along the way?
5. Cool things for non-drinkers to see in Napa Valley?

Any other general info/suggestions for this route are greatly appreciated! Thanks to those that responded to my previous post.

Thanks,
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Old 04-03-08, 11:40 AM   #2
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Can't believe nobody's chimed in yet. I can't help you on all your questions, but a few thoughts occur. First, most of the route you've chosen will be quite busy, not just Hwy. 1 and Nicasio. Given where you're coming from, you'll probably find the roads to be wide and comfortable to ride on, however.

Camping is available at Point Reyes, but I'm not sure there are developed camping options between there and Petaluma, so somebody else may have some suggestions.

Hotsprings: Quite a few options -- all developed -- around Calistoga. Soaking in a warm pile of peat is all the rage there.

Berkeley to SF: The best (only) option is BART. Bay Area Rapid Transit runs in a tube under the bay. Bikes are allowed except during peak commute times.

Cool things to see: The area's scenic, no doubt. In the heart of the wine growing region, tourism is heavily skewed toward wine. Not to induce panic, but many, many of the drivers you encounter will be tasting their way from one vineyard to the next.

I find the cost of accommodations (not camping) in the area to be criminally punitive, if you've not already researched that. Restaurants tend to be expensive and crowded. The best seem to require reservations weeks in advance.

Expect July temperatures to be quite temperate near the coast and quite torrid in the heart of the wine-growing area.

I don't mean to dissuade you from your plans, but these are things I'd like to know were I planning a honeymoon. (We took ours over at your home base. I hope you enjoy ours as much.)
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Old 04-03-08, 12:04 PM   #3
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Great info. We have yet to even crack a guidebook. We've gone back and forth between so many ideas and I've long wanted to ride the Zephyr.

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