Every Saturday and Sunday morning while most residents of Marin are still sleeping, avid motorcyclists are already out on their weekend morning rides. If you live near Shoreline Highway, you can almost set your clock to the motorcycle engine echoes as they come by right on time.
Of course, over the years I have let the squids take off earlier and have a half hour lead. If you want to ride with the post Sunday Morning Ride group, just swing by Starbucks in Tam Valley at around 8:00 a.m. If you want to be a part of the cherished mayhem of the official ride, you will need to meet up at the ARCO at 7:30 a.m.
There are many hidden gems in Marin county north of San Francisco for beautiful rides through the open hills, woods and oceanside. Marin Speed Shop highlights some great Marin county motorcyle rides for the passionate NorCal rider, including food stops that many locals don’t even know about. One favorite ride:
Lucas Valley Road, West
Nicasio Valley Road, North to Red Hill Road, Petaluma
Hicks Valley Road, West
Fallon-Two Rock Road, West
Whitaker Bluff Road, West
Valley Ford Franklin School Road, South
Dillon Beach Road, South/East
Stop: Tomales Deli + Cafe
Shoreline Highway, South at Tomales
Stop: Marshall Store in Marshall
Marshall-Petaluma Road, East
Hicks Valley Road, East
Point-Reyes Petaluma Road, North
San Antonio Road, East back to 101
With this beautiful weather, I think I’m going to take this ride myself soon! As I am from Mill Valley, I tend to favor the ride over the hill to Muir Beach and then by Stinson to Point Reyes.