Sub-36-Hour Adventure to Sebastopol

Some friends and I had been talking about a quick weekend adventure. We had in mind a ride that would leave our respective houses in the east bay, and with minimal logistics, hit the open roads for an out-and-back ride. During our ride, we thought that it would be a great idea to write a quick summary of our ride in a format similar to a cookbook recipe with a quick recap of equipment, route, lodging, activities, etc., so that it would be easy for someone else to replicate the ride or that we could quickly recreate a ride in the future.

So here goes…

Equipment:

Revelate Designs Pika Seat Bag
2 kits (The second kit is a luxury.)
Pair of thin pants
T-shirt
Pair of flip flops
Rain shell
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Extra tubes, patches, pump, etc.
Bars, gels, electrolytes, etc. (There are plenty of food stops on this route though.)

Route:

Day 1 – SF to Sebastopol: https://www.strava.com/activities/261811850
Day 2 – Sebastopol to SF: https://www.strava.com/activities/261811844

Lodging:

Fairfield Inn & Suites (This is about a mile from downtown Sebastopol.)

Activities:

Marin Sun Farms – Great lunch spot on day 1, which was 40 miles into our rides.
HopMonk Tavern – We planned this as our evening spot, and saw the band Hot Buttered Rum for some late-night bluegrass.
Good Earth Natural Foods – This is a great spot in Fairfax to fill up water bottles (aisle 3) and grab a bite to eat.

Recap:

This is quickly becoming a go-to option for a weekend getaway. It’s a super-simple format, it’s relatively easy to plan, it allows you to go further out in a day than most loops, and it just feels good to get away for an entire weekend. I’m looking forward to developing some more out-and-back routes and hoping friends and acquaintances will benefit from these mini adventures and also share some of their own.

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