Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Perfect Day Ride

point reyes road

Sometimes, it all just comes together. There are some things within your control when planning a day ride, like where to go, who to go with (even if it's just yourself), and making sure your bike is well maintained. Packing a good lunch doesn't hurt either. Your choice of roads and terrain are somewhat within your control, and scenic roads with rolling hills and light traffic are hard to beat. We had all of this going for us on our latest day ride, a trek out to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, but the one thing we can never control is the weather. Fortunately, the sun gods were smiling upon us that day. But don't take my word for it. Here's the weather report that was posted at the lighthouse:

point reyes lighthouse weather report

This was not an exaggeration. We really lucked out. And yes, we did see whales spouts during our lunch break. You can also see a note about elephant seals in the area. Viewing marine mammals is a bonus in itself, and it also means that part of the road is closed to most motor vehicle traffic this time of year, with the exception of shuttle buses and private vehicles with disabled occupants. Otherwise, the area around the lighthouse would be mayhem. Elephant seals and migrating whales attract a lot of people.

I can't think of anything that would have made this ride better. This one was pretty unforgettable. I suppose the best way to find the perfect day ride is to ride as often as possible. Sooner or later, it will happen.

point reyes sunset