mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful

Late this morning I drove down to the former Hamilton Army airfield—now a pleasant residential neighborhood with old hangars transformed into tidy businesses and offices—where I’ve pedaled a couple times before. Having already explored some of the trails through marshes and wetlands along the Bay in that area, I wanted to revisit some of that riding and take a look at nearby areas more or less adjacent to a couple of recent expeditions (Rush Creek Open Space and Black Point / Day Island) but separated by uncrossable Novato Creek.

Although it hasn’t rained in almost a week, the low-lying terrain along the Bay remained swampy in some places. That meant the Ogre variously rolled over and/or through pavement (not much of that), chunky gravel, hardpacked dirt, crushed limestone, grass, dried mud, squishy mud, deep mud, muddy puddles, and sheets of standing water.

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8 response to "mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 29, 2019

    Looks like an interesting route Bill. And I am sure National Geographic will be contacting you soon for rights to use your photo, I never understand why other cyclists do not return a wave when one passes another.

    Interesting about a pig on a leash. Too bad you didn’t get a photo of that.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: December 29, 2019

      Interesting about a pig on a leash. Too bad you didn’t get a photo of that.

      My ace support crew said the same thing.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 29, 2019

    Very interesting route, and great photos.
    Thats roughly in the vicinity of Mt Tamalpais isnt it?

    The reason I ask is I just watched Klunkerz (the History of the Mountain Bike) and wondered if you ever were up that direction.

    Im gaining interest in doing the MTB trails at Kickapoo Park near Danville — at the least novice/family trail 🙂

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: December 29, 2019

      I was a little north of Tamalpais. Its distinctive silhouette was visible throughout this ride, but I couldn’t aim the camera in that direction because the sun was hanging so low over the mountain and blinding me. Jeff and I took the easy way up Tam last year:

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: December 30, 2019

      Rich, this evening I found a spectacular aerial view (although a few years old) of the territory where I was pedaling on Saturday, with Mount Tamalpais looming in the background. I added it to the bottom of my report, and it should give a really good idea of where Tam is in relation to Hamilton Field and Bel Marin Keys and environs.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: December 29, 2019

    Great set of pictures, Bill! I like the shots with the timer, interesting and different from points of view. Sounds like a fun ride exploring potential paths and being almost alone in the marshlands.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: December 30, 2019

    That looked like a very nice exploration of the area – always fun to try to work out routes even if they end up being dead-ends. It must be nice to have coastal and mountain environments to ride in.
    Check out the local ‘pig on a leash’ story from earlier this year in the town where I work. I had actually seen this guy walking this pig a year or so ago when I was in town, before all the kerfuffle. I can attest that it is a very big pig.

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