Bicycling in San Joaquin and Stockton; Lodi Bike Summit is August 15

Riders stop at Cosumnes River Farm, north of Thornton, during the Best Ride Ever!

Riders tour along Lower Sacramento Rd. in Lodi, as part of the San Joaquin Bike Coalition's "Long, Slow Distance Ride", held first Saturdays each month.

Perhaps you are a local bike rider who thinks “there are no safe places to ride in my city”, or, you have not discovered scenic by-ways locally to challenge you to pedal.

The Lodi Bike Summit, this Saturday, is for you!  The Bike Summit runs August 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, held at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi, CA 95240; best of all, it’s FREE!

The day starts with a leisurely bike tour of Lodi at 7:45, and the summit gets underway at 9 AM (secure bike parking available during the Summit).

At the event, you’ll discover cycling opportunities and new routes that will delight. You will hear experts share how the area can be even more bike-friendly, and how you can be part of the process.  Make your voice heard for future biking improvements in your city and the county!

I have cycled semi-steadily in San Joaquin County for about 23 years.  One of my favorite scenic routes was featured at the Best Ride Ever, when it stopped at Cosumnes River Farm, 208305 North Thornton Rd., just north of Thornton.  The Farm offers wine and olive oil tasting in a beautiful setting with a shaded outdoor patio and plenty of seating to share wine and good times!

Best of all, it’s just a mile north of Thornton, and a 1/2 mile south of the Cosumnes River Preserve. Thornton is a cute little town on the north edge of our county, with a new bakery and several stops for coffee.

Just north of the Farm is the Cosumnes River Preserve, which showcases the intersection of the Cosumnes River and Mokelumne Rivers. The preserve offers hiking and biking trails that take you through low-lying country around both rivers, showing off a portion of California much is it looked like to Native Americans hundreds of years earlier.

The several mile stretch is a great place to bike ride, sample local wines and olive oil, and appreciate the rivers that feed the San Joaquin Delta, and the flora and fauna that thrive in such an environment; start at the Cosumnes River Preserve, or Thornton, and enjoy these pretty and quiet back-county cycling options!

So plan a day, take the bikes, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy this beautiful country between Lodi and Thornton, right in our backyard!

And, please send in your favorite cycling routes, and a photo or two if you have them, and we’ll continue our series of “favorite cycling places” (send to my email, tviall@msn.com).

And, see you at the Bike Summit!

For info: Lodi Bike Summit, go to sjbike.org; for City of Stockton bike routes, stocktongov.com/files/BikewaysExistingMap.pdf; San Joaquin Bike Coalition, “like” their Facebook page and see their web site, sjbike.org; Stockton Bike Club, stocktonbikeclub.org; Consumnes River Farm, 28305 N. Thronton Rd., Thornton, 209.334.5544, bellindoro.com, and district11wines.com.

For additional travel inspiration, follow me at recordnet.com/travelblog, or contact me at tviall@msn.com.

Happy cycling in the west!

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