The forecast called for another hot summer day in Santa Rosa. The best way to beat the heat is to head for the coast, where it’s usually 20 or 30 degrees cooler. Last week I pedaled out to Two Rock and Chileno Valley. Today I drove to Two Rock and parked at the church, putting me close to the ocean and in a position to explore the narrow county roads while looking for a route to the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean south of Valley Ford.
The county roads always end before reaching the ocean, transforming into ranch roads which are usually gated and marked as “private property” and “no trespassing.” But I figured there might be a way to get through. Perhaps I would encounter a rancher and be granted permission to ride to the water.