Trading Bikes for Horses in Fort Bragg
Carla and I trade one ride for another by getting off the bike and onto the horses at Ricochet Ridge Ranch, two miles north of Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast.
Imagine our surprise when for the zillionth time on our way north from San Francisco to Oregon we stop to take a walk in 110 degree heat (sometimes ya just gotta get off the bike) on the back streets of abandoned Williams and find a line of people outside La Fortuna Bakery waiting for their burritos, chili rellenos, and tacos. If you're hungry when you go by, it's definitely worth a stop and a lot better than the fast food places. Here's the 411 and reviews of other Highway 5 eateries.
My own version of a health insurance policy is to escape from the details of life to soak in hot mineral water. I always feel light and loose in my joints for weeks after. One of my favorite retreats is Wilbur Hot Springs about two hours north of San Francisco, or more, if you wind through wine country and other scenic routes.
Soaking my bones in hot mineral water coming right out of the earth is THE best way to offload stress and relieve pillion-butt. Throw in an expansive view over sweet-scented ponderosa pine and cedar forests across a sage-covered alpine meadow in the high Sierra and, voila! I am back to center – back to appreciating life.
The explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala sailed into San Francisco Bay in 1775 on a mapping expedition and used Angel Island as a base, naming it in the process. The island can be reached by a 10-minute ferry ride from Tiburon in Marin County, just 30 minutes north of San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the largest and lushest of the Bay Area's islands and contains one square mile of mountainous terrain covered with native and exotic trees, grasses and wildflowers. For more than 600 years it sheltered a Miwok Indian hunting and fishing tribe, who traveled to and from the mainland in tule reed boats. But you can just hop off the motorcycle and onto a ferry for a look at the San Francisco Bay from a completely different perspective.