Our San Francisco tour begins at the Harbor Court Hotel near the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Here a small, intimate group of enthusiastic cyclists meets for informal introductions and orientation before heading out. Our journey take us along the San Francisco waterfront, and Presidio. Our first stop is Fort Point for a “pause naturelle”. We continue through Pacific Heights with its unique and grand homes, ending up in the Haight-Ashbury for lunch. And while some of us may linger here over coffee, others may continue on to the Twin Peaks Summit where they will be rewarded with absolutely stunning views of the entire city and the bay. Continuing on for another 13 miles we pass through San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park and the Legion of Honor. Before us looms the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge. Making our way across this iconic structure, we check in at Cavallo Point for a tranquil evening and gourmet dinner.
After an extremely restful evening at Cavallo Point and a healthy, hearty breakfast at its Murray Circle Restaurant, it’s off once again, this time to the remote Fairfax-Bolinas Road. A cyclist’s paradise, the Fairfax-Bolinas Road affords riders with spectacular views of rolling hills, wooded hillsides, mountain ridges and Crystal Springs Lake. Fascinating manmade structures also abound along this route.
On to Ridgecrest Road. Well off the beaten path, Ridgecrest Road is what Undiscovered Country is all about. Ridgecrest Road remains as pristine as it was decades ago as you glide through some of the most magnificent scenery and corridors of greenery in all of California. How fortunate we cyclists are to be travelling at speeds that allow us to savor every moment of our journey. Our final assault of the day is to the top of Mount Tamalpais with breakaway options to Muir Woods and Muir Beach. Mt. Tam., as it is commonly known, is Marin County’s highest peak at 2,571 feet. On a clear day, the vista is nothing short of breathtaking — San Francisco and the bay area, the Marin County hills, Mount Diablo, the Farallon Islands — 25 miles out to sea. Soaring Redwood groves and oak woodlands stand majestically as you silently pedal through miles and miles of absolute splendor.
From Mt. Tam., we return to Cavallo Point for our second night’s stay and dinner once again at the splendid Murray Circle Restaurant.
Up early for breakfast and our final adventure to the Marin Headlands. After cycling under the Golden Gate Bridge we arrive at the Marin Headlands. One of the most exquisite areas in the Golden Gate National Parks, the Marin Headlands encompasses the entire end of Marin County. The differing terrain alternates between soaring hills and unbelievably steep cliffs. Through the scenic roads of Marin County, we arrive at the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
After returning to Cavallo Point, we shower, change and check-out — embarking on a ferry ride on San Francisco Bay from Sausalito to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Exhilarated and exceedingly proud of our accomplishment, we anxiously look forward to the next exciting tour offered by Undiscovered Country tours — always taking the road less travelled.
This was the best bike trip i have ever been on. First of all: great people. Susan and Laura were wonderful - fun, thoughtful, interesting, knowledgeable, kind, smart, organized. The hotels were great, especially the Santa Ynez Inn - WOW! I have been in the Paso Robles to Solvang area many times but never on the great roads we traveled this trip. And the food! We ate like kings at fantastic places. The bikes are all excellent carbon frame and extremely well maintained. Before the trip, i was sent a tape measure and asked to measure various dimensions of my bike and when i arrived for the six-day tour a perfectly sized bike awaited. The saddle was great and the bike was outfitted with the pedals i needed. Each day our fearless guides took turns riding with us or taking our luggage by van to our next destination. Somehow, in between all this, beautiful picnic spreads magically appeared just when we needed it. Truly, a great, great trip! Can't wait to take another Undiscovered Country Tours trip.
TripAdvisor March 2012