Sub-36-Hour Adventure to Sebastopol

Some friends and I had been talking about a quick weekend adventure. We had in mind a ride that would leave our respective houses in the east bay, and with minimal logistics, hit the open roads for an out-and-back ride. During our ride, we thought that it would be a great idea to write a quick summary of our ride in a format similar to a cookbook recipe with a quick recap of equipment, route, lodging, activities, etc., so that it would be easy for someone else to replicate the ride or that we could quickly recreate a ride in the future.

So here goes…


Revelate Designs Pika Seat Bag
2 kits (The second kit is a luxury.)
Pair of thin pants
Pair of flip flops
Rain shell
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Extra tubes, patches, pump, etc.
Bars, gels, electrolytes, etc. (There are plenty of food stops on this route though.)


Day 1 – SF to Sebastopol
Day 2 – Sebastopol to SF


Fairfield Inn & Suites (This is about a mile from downtown Sebastopol.)


Marin Sun Farms – Great lunch spot on day 1, which was 40 miles into our rides.
HopMonk Tavern – We planned this as our evening spot, and saw the band Hot Buttered Rum for some late-night bluegrass.
Good Earth Natural Foods – This is a great spot in Fairfax to fill up water bottles (aisle 3) and grab a bite to eat.


This is quickly becoming a go-to option for a weekend getaway. It’s a super-simple format, it’s relatively easy to plan, it allows you to go further out in a day than most loops, and it just feels good to get away for an entire weekend. I’m looking forward to developing some more out-and-back routes and hoping friends and acquaintances will benefit from these mini adventures and also share some of their own.

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