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Ride Destination: Sunol

By James - 8/10/2008

A great ride for those in the East Bay or San Francisco is down to Sunol. Starting from Highway 24 take the Old Tunnel Road exit. Old Tunnel Road turns into Skyline Blvd which winds its way through several East Bay Regional Parks. Hang a left on Redwood Road and you will carve through a redwood lined valley and climb up over a ridge and descend into Castro Valley. Cross the freeway and get onto Palomares Road. Palomares winds through oak trees and farmland, the rolling hills guiding your way. You will pass old barns and vineyards and eventually enter a steep forested ravine. This tells you that you are getting close to the intersection of Niles Canyon Road. Left on Niles and follow the signs to Sunol.

Sunol barnSunol is an odd place. A small town surrounded by cities. It is the only place I know of that elected a Labrador retriever named Bosco as mayor. They reelected him to office several times but unfortunately he died while in office. There are two decent restaurants in town, a cafe next to the railroad tracks and Bosco’s, named after the departed mayor. After a bite, I usually turn around and go back the way I came. If you are in a hurry, 680 is nearby and Niles Canyon will take you to 880 through Union City.


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