Willow – Coleman – Ocean

Despite narrow lanes, lack of shoulders, and sometimes heavy traffic (including plenty of RVs), I ride up and/or down the coast on Highway 1 at least a couple of times each year, most recently back in January. I pedaled steep Coleman Valley Road once, with Jeff, back in November 2015. I went halfway up unpaved Willow Creek Road as part of another ride last month.

Today I decided to stitch chunks of those three rides into one fairly challenging loop.

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5 response to "Willow – Coleman – Ocean"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 17, 2019

    You certainly have some beautiful places to ride — not sure about all the climbing — the entire relief of Illinois is roughly 1000 feet and you did over double that. And thats over nearly 400 miles, not 27!
    Beautiful photos as always, particularly the one near the summit, and the ones along the coast.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 18, 2019

      I always enjoyed my riding when I lived in Bloomington-Normal, but there’s no doubt Sonoma County offers more varied riding terrain that tends to be more photogenic than most fields of corn and beans. The hills and the ocean can make it easy for me just to point the camera in any direction, click the shutter, and make me think I’m a great photographer. 😉

  2. By: Lah Posted: July 17, 2019

    I love your mirror picture. I have only one in a round mirror….taken in the rain a few miles from Mont St Michel, but it isn’t nearly as good as yours. I don’t think my body or my bicycle could handle rough terrain like I see in several of your rides. I’m impressed!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 18, 2019

      Many of the driveways on some of our rural roads have those big circular mirrors, and they always beckon me to stop for a reflectie. As to handling the terrain, we all have different preferences and capabilities at different stages of our lives. I was impressed by the two women—not all that much younger than me—who went up Willow Creek on road bikes, something I would never try. And of course the friendly roadies on Coleman Valley and Highway 1 could blow me away any day of the week. No sense in trying to measure myself against them. I try to do as much as I can as well as I can, and that’s all any of us can do.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: July 21, 2019

    That was a fantastic ride! I loved the primeval forest and all that gravel climbing. Heavy headwinds with heavy traffic would be a real bummer of a way to end the ride though. I have done the same – taking the lane when necessary – in times of harmonic convergence. The 10 seconds of their life that I take is worth them not taking mine completely!

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