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 Napa to Davis, CA
Date: 2006-10-02
Distance: 114 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 5.84 Hours
Average Speed: 19.47 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 5,277 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Today was a day that I would have preferred to remain in the motel road and wait for a better day tomorrow. But then I did need to make my way towards Sacramento for tomorrow night’s train. Well, the county bus system was always a backup for days when one does not really want to cycle. Sometimes this back-up does not come to mind until later in the ride when one sees a bike rack equipped bus.  
  However, I set off. For the first part of the day was retracing yesterday’s trip for the first 20 or so kilometres, a low incline, steady climb of no significance. A supposed quick stop at the Thomas Keller’s bakery for a sandwich for lunch. Well, half an hour later I came out. Plenty of customers with polite slow service caused he long stop.

    At Rutherford, it was time to turn east towards the mountains. Highway 128 was wider than Highway 121, the route that I took down from the mountain. This highway was a steady climb at reasonable grade rather than demanding grades with tight corners.

  After a trip through vineyards the road bend into a narrow canyon. Closer to the summit, a flatter, wider plateau opened up. There was room for vineyards and farms. There were people living up here and an occasional restaurant. The school was very small with a few portable classrooms.

    After Highways 121 and 128 merged, there was some more climbing. The temperature kept changing and so did the clothes that I wore.

After the summit was reached by a reservoir, a long downhill ride was to be had.

  Some 80 kilometres into the ride the plateau on the east side of the mountain as reached. From here it was an easy ride into Davis. The weather turned warmer now that the influence from the ocean was halted by the mountain range.

The ride into Davis was simple. About half way from Winters a bike path ran beside the road. Closer to Davis the traffic increased.


Cycling Facilities




On the way out of Napa northward on a service road there was a rest stop for cyclists. With bike parking, tables and benches, shade, and a road map, cyclists can take a break on their ride. What is missing is one of those blue port-a-loos.




  Bike racks at the motel, a bike friendly business.  

Rural Roads