Recommended Self-Guided Tours
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Points of interest and Places to Stop
- Nice old general store with live music on weekends: http://www.sangregoriostore.com
- Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill in Davenport, California: http://www.whalecitybakery.com
- Good sandwiches on the way: http://www.scopazzisrestaurant.com
- The best place to check out bikes and people and get a good meal: http://www.alicesrestaurant.com
We at Dubbelju like to share our knowledge about local roads and rides. Below you will find an example of a one day tour we would map out for you depending how much time you have and what you would like to see. Please ask us for suggestions if you are renting for a longer time period or if you like to explore different directions.
San Francisco: Along the Ocean and Through the Redwoods
Enjoy this spectacular one day, 170- mile ride out along the Pacific Ocean and back into the City over the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The ride begins at Dubbelju in San Francisco. We will show you the fastest and most pleasant way out of the City. Just 20 minutes south of San Francisco, we will pass Mavericks, site of the famous surf competition, where perfect, massive waves up to 60 feet are formed, exploding with such ferocity that some can be recorded on the Richter scale. The legendary Highway One (Pacific Coast Highway) will lead us south all the way down to Santa Cruz, the quintessential California beach town, which stretches into Monterey Bay. Nearby, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s vintage rides include the 1911 Looff Carousel and the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster.
From Santa Cruz we will turn north, heading up Highway 9 to Boulder Creek, where we turn west on Highway 236 and ride into Big Basin State Park, California’s oldest State Park. Established in 1902, Big Basin is home to large groves of ancient Coast Redwoods. Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 2,500 years old, some may pre-date the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, and fascinating natural and cultural history.
Highway 236 will loop us back to Highway 9 and then onto Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard). This ridge road will surprise you with spectacular views over the San Francisco Bay on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. One of the highlights of Highway 35 is the famous Alice’s Restaurant, a place where families, motorcyclists, hikers, equestrians, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, writers, musicians, locals, and travelers can all come together to enjoy a great meal. You will definitely see interesting bikes and bikers at Alice’s.
Continuing through a redwood forest on 35, you will come to the intersection of Highways 35 and 92. You can take 92 to the 280 freeway and be back in the city in an hour; alternatively you can continue west on 92 and ride back to Highway One and the ocean, and enjoy a nice sunset before you head back into the City.
This 170-mile full day ride can also be shortened to an 80 mile loop depending how much time you have.