Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin and then on to Chicago.

Now, on the way home with stops for cycling in Santa Fe, Sacramento and the wine country, and then Seattle. From there by bicycle back home.

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
from Dixon to Santa Rosa, CA
Date: 2006-09-30
Distance: 140 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 7.62 Hours
Average Speed: 18.44 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 5,054 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



The ride for the day started pleasantly enough as the flat road north passed through walnut groves. Balloons were rising slowly into the sky. Spandex cyclists were everywhere to be seen. The sun beamed down. A westerly wind was present.

  Entry into Winters was across an old railway bridge on a rail-trail. From there it was a westerly cycle towards the mountain range that separated the flatlands and Napa.

  This was an enjoyable ride through flat farmland. The sunflower fields were drying down. The tomato fields were being harvested. The walnut trees were being shaken and the fruit were collected. Some fields were freshly ploughed. The wheat field were being harvested.

The road slowly started to rise into the mountain canyons. The climb was pleasant with the yellow fields, the trees sparsely spotted on the hillside. The first peak was reached. Then the second peak was passed over. The road was narrow, twisty, and busy with weekend travellers.

  Then came the third peak. This one was more difficult to reach the peak. The slope incline increased. It took energy.

  After that came Napa and really busy roads. The paved shoulders kept on disappearing and then reappearing. The ride from Napa to Santa Rosa was not as pleasant as more time was spent on watching the traffic behind.

    By the time I reached the motel I was tired.

    It would have been more enjoyable to cycle along the quieter roads lined with vineyards. For that I was too tired. It was too late in the day. The temperature was dropping. More importantly these roads would be hillier. By the time I got to Sonoma County I had done my share of hill climbing for the day. The original plan was to stay at Napa but the weekend crowd form the Bay made than not an option for Saturday night.


Cycling Facilities



Small Municipalities Cycling Facilities


The trip went through the municipalities of Winters, Napa, Sonoma, and into Santa Rosa. While extensive search for cycling facilities within these municipalities was not done, casual observation showed that each had cycling facilities.


It becomes very obvious that new construction projects and repavement were normally with bike lanes. The national program that requires some funds to be included for cycling seems to provide good benefits for cycling.

  As an example, Winters had a rail-trail into the town.  
    Napa had bike lanes and so did Sonoma. Santa Rose had bike lanes and bike routes. Now calling a bike route means more than just putting up signs, which is the case that was encountered. Santa Rosa also had very wide paved shoudlers on a major road into the city of 150,000 people.

Rural Roads Cycling

Rural Roads

As mentioned previously, paved shoulders came and went. The width of paved shoulders varied from extremely narrow to really wide. The pleasure level of cycling really improves with width. So would the appeal to less confident cyclists or potential cyclist.