Back in October, some friends and I went on a sweet overnighter via bicycle – Here’s a recount:
The Sacramento River delta area nestled between the bay area and Sacramento are a maze of sloughs, levies, farms and vineyards. John Boyer, the owner of Edible Pedal,and I decided it would be a blast to take a couple of days in October and ride down to Brannon Island.
It’s a leisure cruise through a myriad of riverways, country roads, and both native and non-native history.
Relics of old farm trucks turned food delivery vehicles, migrant farm workers feasting on Sunday barbecue, harvest festivals, pumpkins and children.
It’s about 50 miles to Brannon Island from Sacramento.
My friend John Lucas builds custom steel and aluminum cycle trucks that scream “Sell Your Car”. Lucas showed up for the ride with his single speed cycle truck wearing jeans, flip flops and an old brim hat. After 40 miles or so, he said his feet hurt a bit, but other than that, he managed the round trip total of 100 miles without incident.
Although paying for camping is not my usual routine, since we had a group of 6 or 7, it seemed best. The campground on Brannon is a state run outfit.
A casual ride with friends and great October weather.
8 thoughts on “Two Days in the Delta”
This looks like an awesome trip! I’ve been trying to get to know the local biking overnight trips around the area. I just did 4 days up to Chico and back with my 4-year-old and we’re heading out to Pine Grove next. We try to follow CentralCaliforniaCycling.com’s routes since they’ve served us well in the past but we’re always looking for new places to check out. This one looks beautiful. We’ve ridding down the Delta to the Ryde hotel for a buffet brunch but never camping.
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the comment, Elle. We, at Edible Pedal, are doing another overnighter on March 2 and 3, from Sac to Winters to Putah Creek.. It’s about 40 miles each way and is family oriented; in fact there is a father and his 1.5 YO going. Look for a facebook event entitled “The Berryessa Breakout” and sign up! Or just meet at Edible Pedal at 8:30 am on March 2nd.
Thanks Linus… for the pics and talking me into going on the trip 🙂
Hey John! Are you coming back from The Philippines any time soon? We’ve got another trip planned on March 2nd… Headed out to Putah Creek. Hope You can join us.
At great trip it was indeed. I really enjoyed riding with this group of eclectic cyclist. I really enjoy the pics this article.
I’m guessing You don’t live here any longer? We are doing another one coming up on March 3rd and heading toward Lake Berryessa. There is a facebook event entitled “The Berryessa Breakout”. Check it out..
I want in on this!! Looks like an awesome time. I always wish I had rode in that direction a little more when I lived in Sac.