Rode out to Sacrameto through the delta this past Sat to get a quick ride in to start off the weekend. Kimbo's folks came out for their spring break, and Margaret wanted to celebrate her 70th b-day with her grandkids at one of their favorite places... the Railroad museum! So I took off at 5 am, and arrived 15 min after the family, and got to the spend the rest of the weekend with them. I wanted to ride through the delta as it's unfamiliar territory for me. I've been to Rio Vista to kiteboard a handful of times, and I've driven through Walnut Grove and Isleton on hwy 160 from Tahoe when traffic on 80 is heavy, but you really don't get to know a place until you've biked it.
I do recall the narrow shoulders on most of the route, so I was a bit weary of that, but there wasn't that much traffic, so it ended up being ok. I will say that, you should avoid the highways as much as possible, as that's where the traffic is. If you look closely at my route after Isleton, that's what I did... crossing the river as necessary when 160 crossed it. I think next time, I'd cross the Rio Vista bridge and follow Steamboat Slough on Ryer rd... I'm guessing that'll be even less traffic...
It's really not a popular cycling area, as I didn't pass a single cyclist until mile 85.... when there's a bike lane, and you are relatively close to Sacto.
|the toll plaza... asked the nice lady if I had to pay.|
|Do this ride early... as there are plenty of wineries here... and winos on roads without shoulders and bikes... don't mix well|
|these small towns, Walnut Grove, Rio Vista, Isleton, Courtland, Clarksburg all had at least one market and some had some decent looking places to eat. So if you aren't in a hurry... check em out.|
|The next morning... I ran with these folks along the Sacramento River trail up to the Railroad Museum!|
|Nikko likes the Yepp!|