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Mount Tamalpias

By James - 1/22/2005

It is a sunny day today, one of the first since a handful of storms have pounded the Bay Area since Christmas. Even though I have some minor fixes to do to my bike, grocery shopping and have to get fitted for a tux, I blew it off and headed out to Marin County and a loop I have driven, but never ridden. I threw together my video equipment, dressed for a crisp weather and headed out.

Through Berkeley and Richmond the sun was shining and a breeze was blowing off the bay. As soon as I descended from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge the temperature dropped by ten degrees and I rode into the fog. It didn’t clear until I got to the base of Mount Tam, where I found my first problem. I had planned to ride Highway 1 along the cliffs to just before Stinson where I turn up Mount Tamalpias and ride the twisties of Panoramic Highway to the summit and then back to Highway 101 and back to the East Bay. But the portion of Hwy 1 I wanted to ride was closed, I am assuming from storm damage. My loop now became a round trip. Even at 11am there was a considerable amount of traffic until I pulled off of Panoramic Hwy and rode to the summit. I guess everyone in the Bay Area wanted to take advantage of the good weather.

I took video of it, and even though the batteries ran out halfway down the mountain, I got some good footage. Take a look . . .

Map of the area.

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