Free Like a Hawk

The Hawk Special: pack up your bike the morning of, and jet out of work on it, headed straight for the Marin headlands. On the way, stop for the biggest burrito you know about and head into paradise. Once you're across the bridge, the golden hills beckon, the campsite a beacon nestled in the trees at the top of a big hill. Watch the sun set while you eat your burrito with friends, drink whiskey with your friends and sleep under the stars (or fog). Awake with the chirping birds, treasure the rising sun with your coffee, then bomb down the hill, cross back the bridge and go back to work.

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Escape to Wild Cat

Reserving a camp site six months out is a gamble. Six months out it is hard to know if you'll be free. Six months out on the California coast you can't know if the weather will be fabulous or atrocious. Fitness? Who knows! These questions are immediately deemed irrelevant by putting the option of an escape to a new place on the calendar. In the end it didn't matter - we were free, the sun shone bright, our legs got us up the hills and back again. 

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Don't Talk About it, Sea About it

Getting ten great friends for a weekend away is always a good idea. Even better with a sublime location - this time around, Sea Ranch. A humble community on the Sonoma Coast, a few hours north of San Francisco, unified by a distinct and striking architectural style, with minimal services and gaudiness, Sea Ranch is a gorgeous destination. But this was to be no standard beach weekend. No - this was a epic bike weekend, as the time on the coast was the be bookended by the 120+ mile ride from San Francisco to Sea Ranch.

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A Weekend Fit for a President

Living in San Francisco, the best things are within shockingly easy reach. When holiday weekend temperatures in a rain-filled winter hit 75, there is nothing to do but enjoy every possible minute of it. Spirits soar as skin darkens in a land where the profound natural beauty accentuates every bit of laughter and cheer.

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Our backyard seen anew

The first rain in what seems like years brings fresh perspectives as much as it refreshes the land around us. With serious rainfall, daylight savings time and cooler temperatures, it seems like the endless summer might actually have an end date.

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Day 4 // In the fjord lands there aren't too many roads...

The man who ran the hotel in Kinsarvik was a mountain biker, but he understood cycling as a whole; the bliss of the journey, the enjoyment of pedaling, the thrill of speed. The biggest downfall to road cycling is the necessity of sharing the road with cars, but our hotelier had a solution. If we were to start our day with a ferry ride across the fjord, most of the day's journey would be on much smaller roads with m much less traffic. As always, little trumps local knowledge.

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Day 3 // We descended along a waterfall...

There are different kinds of good days on the bike. Some good days are just that, effortless excursions filled with vistas, friends and food. They blend together and while you can't pinpoint exactly what was so good about a certain one, you look back fondly and with a smile.

Day 3 was the other kind of good day; the kind that throws so much at you that your jaw hurts from dropping all day. The kind where new never ceases and limits seem infinite. The kind you can picture from beginning to end without hesitation or doubt.

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Endless Summer

Its technically fall, but you'd never know it here in California. The sun continues to shine strong, the optimism of warm weather has mostly kept the fog at bay. Warm mornings keep leading to warm nights, despite the dwindling hours of daylight that grace our skies.

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