|Climbing above the valley fog on Geysers Road|
Dan and I headed out to Healdsburg in Sonoma County for some riding this weekend. Our target: the Geysers.
|On the first climb|
I've ridden this loop before, but not since my crash. It features a hard climb in three bits, topping out at about 2700 vertical feet, then a glorious lengthy descent that somehow adds another 1000 feet or so of climbing. It's rugged and remote, with extremely limited car traffic. Wonderful views all around: the Alexander valley on the first climb, the remote Mayacamas Mountains in the middle bit, and the Sulfur Creek canyon at the end. Detailed route information and profile are here. We did the route from south to north.
|Cattle ranches near the first "summit' of Geysers Road|
|Looking back on Geysers Road after the ripping descent from the second "summit"|
|The road becomes rough and often single-laned in the second part of the descent. Really fun, but watch out for the potholes!|
|Historic bridge that crosses Sulfur Creek|
|Wonderful rough rural road runs along Sulfur Creek. Often one-laned, the road includes several gravel sections. Super scenic!|
|Yes, the creek is really this weird green color. The white stuff is sulfur|
After a snack and water break in Cloverdale, we looped back to Healdsburg via Asti Road, Theresa Drive, Dutcher Creek Road then Dry Creek Road back to town. What an awesome ride.
4200 feet of climbing