The Dream Ride staff has been busy this spring, planning and organizing each day’s route, lodging and activities. This is the first of several posts describing the fruits of those labors: our plans, as they shape up, for each day on the 2017 Dream Ride. Some details may change between now and October, so stay tuned to the California Dream Ride website for the latest details.
Folsom, a charming town founded more than 150 years ago, will be the host city for the first two days of CalBike’s 2017 Dream Ride. Sunday, October 8th (Day 0) is rider check-in at the Hilton Garden Inn. Since the official program won’t begin until about 4:00, arriving early offers a chance to explore other attractions such as historic downtown Folsom, the Johnny Cash Trail (so named in homage to the singer's famous Folsom Prison Blues), Lake Natoma and the region’s extensive network bike paths. As the sun sets, the tour staff and riders will meet with local cyclists for happy hour.
The centerpiece of the first day of riding (October 9th) is the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, or as locals call it, the American River Parkway. This multi-use, car-free trail runs over 30 miles from the Dream Ride’s overnight hotel to the lunch stop in Old Sacramento, through open spaces, woodlands, and parks along both sides of the American River.
Chances are high for seeing wildlife such as mule deer, coyote, snowy egrets, hawks and herons. Day One wraps up in Davis, one of only 5 Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Communities, and home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Day Two, the longest on the 2017 Dream Ride at roughly 66 miles, continues westward through the Sacramento Valley on flat miles, past acres and acres of row crops, fruit trees and nut orchards. Harvesting will probably be finished by October, though the landscapes will still be magnificent. There may even be hints of fall color on the hillsides. After passing through the farm community of Winters, the tour heads into the rolling hills separating this valley from the Napa-St. Helena-Calistoga wine region. Along the way, riders will tackle several moderate climbs and pass Lake Berryessa and the picturesque Lake Hennessey. Day 2 concludes in Calistoga over a glass of zinfandel.
What is the California Dream Ride?
The 2017 California Dream Ride is the California Bicycle Coalition's 4th annual fundraising tour. Experience the unique beauty and varied terrain of Northern California. Ride the American River Parkway to the vineyards of Napa, through towering redwood forests and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Pedal, enjoy and relax over amazing farm-to-fork meals. Stay in great hotels and make new friends! Learn more.
Participants are a diverse group of riders—men and women of a wide range of ages and cycling abilities. Some of us spend every weekend riding many miles; for others, this is our first multi-day tour. Some of us care passionately about bike advocacy; others are new to the idea of bike advocacy. All are valued, fully supported, learn a lot, and have a fantastic time.
Proceeds benefit the California Bicycle Coalition, enabling more people to bicycle, for the health, safety, and prosperity of all. This is the only ride in California that specifically raises money to support the dream of a more bikeable California.
Stay tuned to this blog and the Dream Ride webpage for more details and upcoming overviews of Days Three, Four, and Five.