Heart's Desire Beach

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I co-lead the club's Weds group ride starting from Nicasio out to Heart's Desire Beach with Debbie Miskell. We take Nicasio Valley Rd, pass the reservoir and turn onto Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd to Platform Bridge Rd. This section of the route is pretty flat with some small rollers in between. We turn on Sir Francis Drake Blvd for the climb on Olema Hill. This stretch of road is maybe under a mile with a steady gradient of 7-8%. We drop down to Olema and take Hwy 1 to Bear Valley Rd and ride along Tomales Bay on Sir Francis Drake Blvd through Inverness. There is a regroup at the Inverness Store for people that need to purchase lunch or drinks. There is also a Porta-pottie available for public use. We continue west on Sir Francis Drake for the climb up to Pierce Point Rd. The gradient on this climb fluctuates from 9%-11% and maxing out at 13%. The road eases up at the top as we make the turn onto Pierce Point Rd. It's a few little climbs before we turn into Tomales Bay State Park to drop down to Heart's Desire Beach for our destination lunch stop. This beach is a sheltered cove on Tomales Bay with plenty of picnic tables. Restrooms and water are available. After lunch, we make the climb out of the beach area back to Pierce Point Rd and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. We head for Point Reyes Station to our next stop at the Bovine Bakery. We return to Nicasio via Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd and Nicasio Valley Rd. Much thanks to everyone for a fun day of riding and socializing!

42 people came out for this beach outing.

41 miles with 2263' of elevation gain.

My start from Lucas Valley Rd adds 20 miles to the route.
Five other club members also chose to start their ride from Miller Creek Rd.
The Lucas Valley climb to the rock is under a mile with a 7-9% gradient.
Thank you Wyatt for the pull on Lucas Valley Rd back to Miller Creek!

61 miles with 3354' of elevation gain

Weather: Sunny & breezy with a starting temp of 67 reaching a high of 81

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  1. Joan Reinhardt ReissJune 16, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Thanks to you and Deb for another GREAT GPC ride.
    Good luck to you and Michael this week-end. We are thinking tailwind good thoughts.


  2. Nancy, Looks like you had a great time. You are really getting good at this blogging. Best of wishes to you and Michael for this week end.

  3. Thanks guys, we're aiming to finish the ride!
    weather forecast looks pretty good for this saturday

  4. nancy, good luck this weekend. you GO girl.

    chris w.