Hi, I couldn't get google maps to draw me a good route to show you, but this summer I biked from Sacramento (started at the airport) to Vacaville. It's about 40 miles on back roads and it was SO beautiful and amazing. You pass lots of fruit orchards, one of which is obviously abandoned, and an old barns you can stop to rest in. In vacaville I camped out at this location: pleasants valley rd and cherry glen rd, vacaville, ca. Plug it into google maps and choose the Satellite view, and you can see just to the southeast of the intersection there is a short driveway leading into a copse of trees in the middle of a wheat field. It's just trees in the middle, and it's perfect for camping. I actually slept in the wheat field for a couple weeks, sleeping bag only, when it was really hot in the summer. This is also about 1 mile from Animal Place Farm Sanctuary, if you are interested in visiting it you should try to coincide your trip with one of their volunteer orientation days. It's super fun if you are into that kind of thing.
This is the route I took, starting at the Sacramento International Airport. You should look at Google maps to familiarize yourself with the city portion before taking off.
Go south through crossfield way
Go south onto N Bayou rd
Cross river going west (you have to bike on the freeway here, but the bridge is the only freeway portion of the whole trip).
Take the first exit after the bridge to River Road/County Rd #22
Follow directly West 3.9 mi
Enter town, becomes E Main St 1 mi
Turn left @ County Rd #102 6 mi
Turn right @ #29 4.0 mi
Turn left @ #98 2.0 mi
Turn right @ #31 5.0 mi
Slight left becomes 93A 1.1 mi
Slight right becomes Russel Blvd 3.3 mi
Becomes CA-128/E Grant 4.7 mi
Turn left @ County #86/Pleasants Valley Rd 10.8 (fun hilly portion at very end when I thought I was going to die)
Turn right @ Cherry Glen
Turn right again, right away, at the gravel driveway with the abandoned mailbox
Getting to town (very easy):
Go back to Pleasants Valley Road and bike north (maybe 6 miles?)
Turn right @ Foothill Dr
Follow Foothill Dr a mile or two and suddenly you are downtown.
Also if you want to add an extra day I would recommend biking from vacaville to davis, ~20 mi. Just look at google maps to find a backroads route and write down the directions to take with you. Make sure your route includes Old Davis Rd, and when it crosses South Fork Putah Creek, you should stop and climb down to the river and go swimming or just check it out if it's not hot. It's all pristine and perfect, and there's a pool dammed up with a built-in waterslide. You could probably camp there too. Again look at the satellite view to get an idea before you go. You can see the dam on the map and even the little waterfall that is good for sliding down. I washed my one set of clothes there. This thread makes me wish I was still biking around.
Last edited by soyned; 01-20-09 at 02:44 PM.