Posted by: dolan | June 13, 2005

Renee and Dolan’s Wild Ride

On Saturday we ditched our run and rode instead. We had booked a room at the Montara Lighthouse hostel, which was a nice relaxing break (yet only 30 minute drive) from the city. After a solid breakfast and a local coffee shop, we made our way down the coast through Davenport to a spot a mile down the road from the entrance to Butano State Park. We parked our car just off the road, changed into riding gear, and started climing the Butano fire road, up to the summit at 2300 feet where it meets China Grade (see here for ride details). The climb was magnificent, with great views punctuated by thick forested areas. At about 1500 feet an abandoned airstrip comes out from nowhere. We stopped for lunch at the summit, then follwed a roller-coaster of a downhill into Big Basin State Park.

Once in Big Basin, we hung a right towards the coast, and slowly climbed back over the coastal range, through redwood stands. Gazos Creek Road runs from one end of the park to the other, and it makes for a fantastic ride. Our only hitch was a small landslide with a large tree blocking the path. Well, that, and the unexpected full-headwind return to our car, punctuated by short, steep climbs. However, the last two miles downhill were bliss — a steep dirt road, thick forest, and a wonderful stream on the side of the road. Gotta love living in California.

6 hours later we arrived back at our car, exhausted, and drove back home. Yesterday we were sore, and I noticed that Renee’s front forks had blown out (again). Despite all that, the ride was one I’d definitely do again.

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