Sunday, July 10, 2011

Honor America’s Heroes
Bicycle Across America
Summer 2011—One Fire Station at a time
Day 2
The Gold Country Bicycle Tour
Dixon, California

June 17, 2011 -- Friday. This morning I woke to a flat tire. I could not find the leak. It turned out to be a pinched tube.

My early morning start on Day 2 was delayed due to the flat tire. My Brother-in-Law, Robert, took this photograph as I got underway.

My route, beginning in Dixon, first took me through the beautiful farm country to Davis, California.

I used a map provided by Jim Fisk at

Jim is one the people responsible for the Solano Yolo BikeLinks Map. This colorful map includes portions of Sacramento and Napa Counties.

The Solano BikeLinks Map is a resource for bicycle riders in Solano County. It also identifies some separated multi-use pathways suitable for pedestrians.

This map encourages residents and visitors to bicycle by designating the suitability and comfort of many of the roads in Solano County.
Click here to download the 2009 Solano-Yolo BikeLinks Map (11.3 MB pdf).
Thank you Jim and the committee that map this great service.

Leaving the city of Davis I pedaled toward Sacramento and the American River Bicycle Trail. The Trail is adjacent to the Western Terminus of U.S. Highway 50, our primary bicycling route across the USA.

Arguably one of the most successful and beautifully paved bike paths in northern California, this 32-mile gem of a trail stretches from downtown Sacramento eastward to Folsom Dam. Also known as the Jedediah Smith National Recreation Trail, the American River Bike Path is nearly 100% separate from vehicle roads (a mile or two shares the road). The route hugs the American River as it ever so gently gains roughly 450 feet elevation as you ride from west to east.

The trail is well maintained and mile markers are posted, starting at zero on the western end. You can start from a dozen-access point and ride for as long or short as you like. In between the two trailheads, the path leads through a rich riparian environment, graced by an abundance of birds.

You’re never far from civilization since the bike path leads past many residential and commercial neighborhoods and city parks (some of which have historical significance). I exited the trail at Watt Avenue in Sacramento.

"Gonzo" Gonzales, his wife Elaine and their neighbor recommended a nearby hotel. It was perfect.

I spent the evening making necessary adjustments on my bicycle and panniers. 

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