It seems counter intuitive to load my bike and gear in the car while it's raining, but I do. It's pouring hard and heavy on the drive along Hwy 4 and continues to rain all the way to the start of the ride.
I arrive at the meeting point on Rivera Rd in Vacaville and am pleasantly surprised that there are other people who made the drive out here too! The rain has stopped and it looks like it's clearing up.
The ride is a go! We take Rivera Rd and continue on the rolling flat terrain on Pleasants Valley Rd for the next 12.5 miles. The scenery is beautiful; there's green everywhere! There's plenty to see along this stretch of road; horse ranches, old farm houses, orchards, grazing cows, ponies, chickens, turkeys and plant nurseries.
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There is a brief regroup at Solano County Park. Water and restrooms are available.