Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 37 – A Few Miles to Mill Valley

Today’s ride was so pleasant as most of the miles were traveled on back country roads or bicycle trails, even if we did end up at the wrong hotel and had to climb one more hill to get to the right one and it was a doozy of a hill – a short one that I walked about 1/2 of, once my front wheel came off the ground.

Our B and B served the two stage breakfast, coffee at 8:00 and breakfast at 9:00 (blueberry pancakes and sausage – um um good). During the “coffee hour” we struck up a conversation (imagine that) with a couple who had retired to Groveland, CA from Silicon Valley. They have horses and the B and B was set up with stables for the horses. We shared our cycling stories and they shared their horse camp stories. They have a daughter in Haymarket, VA.  We have similar interests – grandchildren, traveling, sailing. Their retirement home is a ranch near Yosemite.

After leaving the B and B and Point Reyes,

Fog on the mountaintop, leaving Point Reyes Station
Fog on the mountaintop, leaving Point Reyes Station
Platform Bridge, right before the Cross Marin Trail
Platform Bridge, right before the Cross Marin Trail
Detail of mural on the Platform Bridge
Detail of mural on the Platform Bridge

we had a gentle downhill ride for about 6 miles where we joined the Cross-Marin Bike Trail for another six miles.

Cross Marin Trail
Cross Marin Trail
Grasslands on the Cross Marin Trail
Grasslands on the Cross Marin Trail
Good morning to you too!
Good morning to you too!

After a lunch stop in Lagunitas, we traveled the highway miles on a route with a wide shoulder into Fairfax.

wide shoulder on Sr. Francis Drake Rd
wide shoulder on Sr. Francis Drake Rd

At this point we left the highway and traveled through several small towns; Fairfax, Ross, San Anselmo, on village streets – dedicated, signed bike routes – very pleasant. We arrived in Corte Madera at the hotel only to find out we were at the wrong one and had to go a few more miles to Mill Valley to the right one. We were able to go the last few miles on the Sausalito-Mill Valley Bike Path.

Mill Valley-Sausalito Bike Path approaching San Francisco Bay
Mill Valley-Sausalito Bike Path approaching San Francisco Bay

The closer we get to San Francisco, the more dedicated bike lanes, bike paths and bike trails we are finding.

Tomorrow morning we head to the Golden Gate!