When I lived in Sacramento I loved to do this Sausalito Moto Coffee Run on a cold, clear day in the winter. Wearing the warmest gear I would meander along a curvy route through Berryessa and Napa before finally hitting the freeway for a short time. Next, coffee at a favorite cafe in Sausalito is a perfect midday stop to warm up. Or, if hungry the menu offers a wide range of delicious hot dishes. The best seating is outdoors at a table on the sidewalk to people watch while sipping a delicious latte or capucinno, artfully delivered by the barista.
After this delicious coffee warmup, head south a short distance to vista points overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Making a loop via Field Rd from Conzelman Road to Bunker Road offers an exhilarating view of the Gulf of Farallones. It is just spectacular. Sometimes I would repeat this loop a couple of times as it can be thrilling on the motorcycle. The loop passes Battery and Missile sites still standing from when the region was a part of the Presidio Army Base. If time permits Rodeo Beach and the Marine Mammal Center is a short jaunt off the loop byway of a left turn from the intersection of Field Rd and Bunker. If time is short, make a right and follow Bunker Road through the tunnel and back to 101 North and home to Sacramento.
This trip to San Francisco is full of fantastic riding and offers a laid back time of blending in with the tourists, multiple photo opportunities, conversation and relaxation in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. I would leave about 9 AM from Sacramento and return about 4 in the afternoon thus completing an easy PAVED 238 mile ride before dusk. Perfect.
Here’s a mapped overview of the ride; links to google maps and gpx files are at the end of this page:
Sights on this ride include:
Lake Berryessa Glory Hole, Napa Wineries, Sausalito City Harbor Drive, San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Richmond San Rafael Bridge, San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, Downtown San Francisco Sky Line, Angel Island, Treasure Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Richardson Bay, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Rodeo Beach, Marine Mammal Center, Bunker Road Tunnel
For a google map of this ride CLICK HERE
To download a free gpx file of this ride CLICK HERE