Black Point

Marin County might be the wealthiest in California, but you wouldn’t know it from this odd little pocket east of Novato.

After riding nearby last week, I consulted a map to double-check my route. It didn’t take long to notice this hidden—practically remote—area along the Petaluma River and the northwest shore of the Bay. The tangle of narrow roads and access to paths through the wetlands made it look like territory that required exploration on two wheels.

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7 response to "Black Point"

  1. By: MrGrumby Posted: November 14, 2019

    I’m glad you avoided imprisonment by leaving the marker alone. I’d have had to bake you a cake with a file in it, and I’m not a good baker.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: November 14, 2019

    I think I could enjoy living in that fancy penthouse on the railroad bridge. Two problems though: I probably couldn’t afford it, and even if I could, The Feeshko would shoot down the idea.

    I’m thinking of conducting a personal moratorium on reading your posts. Every time I see your Ogre I fly off into a rage of jealousy. As I mentioned earlier, I’m ready to buy one, but I can’t find one. Even though Surly is based here in the Twin Cities, not one bike shop has one available for sale unless I want a size “small.” I’m not gigantic, but I’d never fit on a small. My brother works for Park Tool and his biggest customer is Quality Bike Products. Even his connection cannot get one for me. They have no stock at all and there won’t be any until the 2020 models come out–whenever that is. I WANT ONE NOW!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 14, 2019

      It might make one heck of a man-cave!

      As to the Ogre, I also had much difficulty tracking one down. I expected it would be easy to find a fully built one ready to go. Never happened. It was still tough to get just a frame, but my LBS eventually acquired one and they built it up for me after much discussion about my preferences. They assured me the price would be about the same. Ha! But ultimately I was glad I went that way, because it ended up just like I wanted, and now the Ogre is definitely my favorite.

      The only downside is that without shocks it is really not a true mountain bike. I can go a lot of places on it, but it’s not not quite up to the kind of rocky single track that local guys fly over with ease. Hmmm. Maybe that’s the fault of my age, legs, and lungs, not the Ogre….

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 15, 2019

      Hi Greg,
      I checked Champaign (IL) Cycle who handle Surly bicycles — the have, or can get Surly Ogre frames, but only list S and XL. Here is the kicker, you can pick it up there, but they cant ship it!

      So just curious, eBay has everything they say……………….

      Well, they do have Ogre frames — from Austria!! — $999.99 with free shipping.
      Not very practical, but its interesting anyway.

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Surly-Ogre-27-5-29-Frame-set-2019-Model-S-M-L-XL-BLACK/283420534329?hash=item41fd2e2639:m:mfGhCs1Xf5agQLRi9k2LFYA

      Hope you find one sooner and closer than that!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 14, 2019

      Wow, Rich! Great find!

      But kind of odd, because the SMART train definitely does NOT cross that bridge. No way. Video from 2015. Must have been some kind of test. (You can see guy in orange vest by the tracks on the bridge as the train crawls across.) There is talk that maybe in the future service will expand in that direction, but SMART has its hands full (and is under all kinds of pressure) trying to do what it has already promised, like build a bike path along the whole train route.

      In any event, a cool video. Thanks for sharing it.

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