OK, road riders—looking for a loop ride with sweeping ocean views, quiet country roads, not many hills, and a coffee stop along the way? Take a 30-mile spin, starting from San Gregorio near Half Moon Bay. The first 13 miles roll easily south along Highway 1 and the San Mateo coast, passing beach after beautiful beach, as well as picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse. (We recommend starting early in the day to beat traffic.) If you can take your eyes off the road, you might glimpse migrating gray whales heading for Mexico. When you reach Gazos Creek Road, take a left turn onto the yin to Highway 1’s yang. This little-used ribbon of road passes old farms and a pumpkin patch, eventually rolling into the stoplight-free village of Pescadero. This last stretch of the loop on Stage Road has a few huff-and-puff climbs, but nothing that’s a serious thigh-burner. Easygoing road riders who like a little challenge: This loop’s for you.
TIP: In Pescadero, pull off for a coffee boost and snack at the Pescadero Country Store (251 Stage Rd.; open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Enjoy a break on the sprawling lawn before you saddle up to complete the ride.
Park at the corner of Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 84, about 10 miles south of Half Moon Bay. Ride about 13 miles south on Hwy. 1. Turn left onto Gazos Creek Rd. Go 2 miles and then make a left onto Cloverdale Rd. Follow this about 5.5 miles—going past the Butano State Park entrance. Make a left onto Pescadero Rd.—which takes you into Pescadero—and go .5 mile. In town, go right on Stage Rd. Follow this 7 miles to Hwy 84 (La Honda Rd.); go left and take this less than a mile to your car. Here’s a map of the area.