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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Heading to Cloverdale

It is good to be leaving southern California after living on the Coast Hwy for two months. We seem to always have that itch. As we were walking in the surf a bee stung me in the foot. I seem to get stung far too often.

Cloverdale is a small town in the north of Sonoma County bordering Mendocino County. When we arrived and stopped at the visitor's center, they happened to have a farmer's market just a block away. 

After getting some items at the farmer's market, we realized it was 3 pm and we hadn't had lunch and found this cute hamburger place.

The gal at the visitor's center gave us a map with suggestions of bike routes. She suggested that we ride up to Sonoma Lake since we were from Colorado and used to hills. Forget that we haven't seen Colorado in a year on our bikes.

It was a pretty good climb up to the dam with nice views of the vineyards. The riding here is much more pleasant than Napa with less people and traffic.

We went back to the lake's visitor center and met a couple of guys leading the Road Scholars on a bike tour. They gave us some tips on wineries to visit and things to see. Cycling tours are not cheap. $1500 for 4 days of riding with meals and hotel per person for this tour. There was another tour group just up the rode as we were heading back home.

There were plenty of hills and the wind made us work a bit. Mike was a good guy being the lead so I wouldn't have to work as hard against the wind.

We are here for a week and looks like it is a gem even if another bee stung me in the back of my leg this morning.


  1. Still looking for a decent farmers market since we left AZ, not having much luck. Enjoy the area, hope the bees leave you alone.

    1. The bees left me alone today while cycling. You may not have a farmer's market but the place you are now looks pretty darn great. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Cute little town—we buy organic cream from Cloverdale (I think it must be from there). Looks like another good bike ride, too!

  3. There are several small communities here that are kind of nice to spend some time.

    1. Not sure about the cream. We have seen lots of goats and sheep though.