Weekday riding is for some riders a rare luxury, and this week I was reminded just how luxurious they can be. I'm not working right now, and Monday night a friend reached out to see if I could show some visiting Brazilians some of our local roads. So on Tuesday I met up with Lynn and Lygia who were visiting from Rio on their Moto Guzzi Stelvio.
My friend who'd contacted me had highlighted a map of great Marin and Sonoma country roads for Lynn and Lygia to follow, and it included some of my favorite backroads, but since it was a weekday, and they'd never been here before, it seemed worthwhile to try out some of the routes I usually avoid due to overcrowding. We rode straight to Tam Junction to pick up Hwy 1, then over the hill towards Stinson Beach. A brilliant road, and recently re-paved! Normally I avoid that section of Hwy 1 like the plague due to its usual crowding with frightened sightseers, overloaded minivans, stoned out surfers, and HOG chapter rides. On Tuesday is was nearly empty at 11 AM. Woo-Hoo!
Hwy 1 was so empty I even agreed to ride through Bodega Bay! And even better, my head didn't explode!
In the end, it was a great day of riding. Lynn and Lygia fly down the road on that Stelvio. We only rode goat trails for fun, not for the purpose of avoiding crowds. If you get a day off, you should try a weekday ride on a road that's normally too crowded. Like me, you may find you'd forgotten just how much fun can be had on a tourist road when the tourists are gone.