|On West Dry Creek Road|
|Sequoia getting ready for a long day's ride|
|Early morning shadow on Old River Road|
|Golden Pasture on Mt House Road|
Dutcher Creek Road is a very nicely-paved road that has a hump half-way through, and with vineyards dotting its landscape. Dry Creek Road is my next turn, but I made a mistake and turned right instead of left at the intersection of Dutcher Creek and Dry Creek. After a mile or so of increasingly desolate landscape, I entered Lake Sonoma Recreational Areas, which was unexpected from my planning. I realized that I made a mistake and turned around.
|Solar-Powered Farm House and Vineyards on W Dry Creek Road|
|Russian River near Healdsburg|
|Wildflowers near Cheese Factory|
|Sequoia in Sausalito with the City in the Background|
My bike performed very well, even with the rear load, I never felt like I was fighting my bike. On both climbs and descents it was easy to handle. The tubing was not overly flexy under the load I was carrying, yet give just enough to produce the planing effect, especially when I am on my big 50T chainring, which was most of the day. Now I get to take it apart some and get more powerful brakes, which shall be appreciated when I need to carry a real touring load in the future.
Other photos of the ride are here:
Here is the route on MapMyRide: