Charming Chileno

Rolling countryside, very few hills, and an ice cream at the end. That's what you'll get on this…

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Rolling countryside, very few hills, and an ice cream at the end. That’s what you’ll get on this on this 27-mile (round-trip) road ride that’s as nice for novices as it is for veteran riders. This spin leaves from downtown Petaluma, passing beautiful old Victorian homes before rolling out to rural outskirts and farms. At 11 miles comes the punch line, Chileno Valley Road, one of the more popular roads for cyclists, and for good reason: it’s a gently rolling ribbon of quality pavement through wonderful country scenery. While winter and spring turn the hills electric green, late summer’s tint is tawny and golden. Take a shortcut back into town by way of Helen Putnam Park. A short and steep climb takes you up and over the park, then onto residential streets, where it’s a short ways back to the start.

BITES BONUS: Petaluma Creamery (621 Western Ave., Petaluma) is home to Spring Hill Jersey Cheese—and some mighty tasty ice cream. Pop in after your ride for a double scoop of Lavender and Meyer Lemon. Delicketylicious!

Start near Walnut Park in Petaluma. Take 4th St. to Western Ave., where you turn left. In a couple of miles Western Ave. turns into Spring Hill Rd. Stay on Spring Hill Rd. until it reaches Valley Ford Rd. (9.3 miles from the start). Make a left then quickly a left again on Tomales Rd. Go 2 miles on Tomales Rd. After 11.5 miles from the start, turn left onto Chileno Valley Rd. Follow this road 12.5 miles until reaching Helen Putnam Park. Go through the park on the paved road. In 1 mile you’ll drop onto Dublin Ct.; turn left. Then quickly turn right on Windsor Dr. and left on D St. which takes you back to downtown Petaluma.

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