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CA Bike Tour: Chapter 2 Dry Creek Valley

No wine county bike tour is complete without spinning through California’s Dry Creek Valley. Bicycling Magazine ranks this part of Sonoma County among its top ‘must ride’ biking vacation spots in the world. The terrain is diverse and beautiful and “…there’s a wine tasting, it seems, on every mile.

Viticulture and wine making in this part of Sonoma wine country date back to the early European settlement of the Dry Creek Valley in the 1850’s. The dream that started with Gold Rush fever, mellowed and aged to perfection in a glass of dreamy Zinfandel.

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California Bike Tour Guest Journal – Day 3

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Today is the rest day (although of course there are advanced cycling options for the hard core) and I am happy! We slept in and then made our way to the hot tubs to work out yesterday’s ride over coffee. The views here at the Bodega Bay Resort take your breath away while the crashing waves of the ocean are the soundtrack to another beautiful morning here in Northern California. The weather is a bit rainy and overcast, cooler than we’ve had the past few days, which is actually quite nice.
We enter the Bodega Bay Resort Dining room for breakfast to find a roaring fire and a wall of panoramic windows overlooking the bird sanctuary and ocean. It is a place I could spend hours. The friendly staff served us an incredible breakfast of crab cakes Benedict and blueberry pancakes (guilt free since we biked 50 miles yesterday!) and we lingered awhile over coffee. Ah vacation!!!
Cy came in during our meal and offered to bring us to the opposite side of the bay for a walk along the headland. Walking on the headland path was one of the best experiences of my life. The path was no further than 8 feet from cliffs that plunged in to the Pacific. Birds and animals were all around us, and Luke even found a slug the size of a small child (at the least the slimy thing seemed that big!) As the path progressed along the shore, Cy spotted some spouts of water out at sea and before long we were being treated to a spectacular show by a family of grey whales. This was my first time seeing a whale and the majesty of that animal is something I will never forget. Walking this path was remarkable in every way.
After an afternoon of relaxing, dinner tonight was on our own. However we were all enjoying each other so much we made the decision to go out together. Even though it was our guide’s night off they happily volunteered to drive us all to a restaurant and then pick us up – now that is service. We are enjoying our new friends (which currently feel like family) and this bicycle tour so very much. Off to bed now, for it is another ride tomorrow!
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