To The Lighthouse

Point Reyes Station, California

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Riding through the Point Reyes National Seashore is a voyage to another land, or at least to another landmass. Everything on the far side of Tomales Bay is part of a different tectonic plate than the rest of North America. It’s a transient sled of rock that first emerged from the ocean down around Mexico a few million years ago. It has been bumping and grinding its way up the coast ever since. In the great quake of 1906, it leaped northward 20 feet in a single bound. The long, thin bay is the visible evidence of the San Andreas Fault, that restless seam between the two plates. Over there, on the other side, it is, both literally and figuratively, a world apart.
75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes

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75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes

by Bill Oetinger (The Mountaineers Books)

Riding through the Point Reyes National Seashore is a voyage to another land, or at least to another landmass. Everything on the far side of Tomales Bay is part of a different tectonic plate than the rest of North America. It’s a transient sled of rock that first emerged from the ocean down around Mexico a few million years ago.

It has been bumping and grinding its way up the coast ever since. In the great quake of 1906, it leaped northward 20 feet in a single bound. The long, thin bay is the visible evidence of the San Andreas Fault, that restless seam between the two plates. Over there, on the other side, it is, both literally and figuratively, a world apart.

© 2014 Bill Oetinger/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Point Reyes Station
Distance: 44-62 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Riding Time: 4-6 hours
Season: All year, although winter may be rainy
Driving Directions: Directions to To The Lighthouse

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Apr 2018