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John Muir Slept Here!

| August 19, 2016 8:30 am

Range of Light
“Looking eastward from the summit of Pacheco Pass one shining morning, a landscape was displayed that after all my wanderings still appears as the most beautiful I have ever beheld. At my feet lay the Great Central Valley of California, level and flowery, like a lake of pure sunshine, forty or fifty miles wide, five hundred miles long, one rich furred garden of yellow Compositae. And from the eastern boundary of this vast golden flower-bed rose the mighty Sierra, miles in height, and so gloriously colored and so radiant, it seemed not clothed with light but wholly composed of it, like the wall of some celestial city. Then it seemed to me that the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light.” John Muir

On this the centennial anniversary of our National Parks, an uniquely American idea to preserve parks for our children, let us to pay tribute to John Muir, the father of the National Parks. Muir lived a part of his illustrious life in the Bay Area. His home in Martinez, a National Historic Site, can be visited on the Around the Bay in Two Days led by Sheila and Russ Stevens and many Contra Costa Canal Trail rides.

Another exciting part is that Muir’s first historic 33-day walk from San Francisco to Yosemite in 1868 went through our backyard. He “followed the Diablo foothills along the San José Valley to Gilroy, thence over the Diablo Mountains to valley of San Joaquin by the Pacific pass, thence down the valley opposite the mouth of the Merced River, … and up into the Sierra Nevada.” Although much of Muir’s ramble is paved over, Peter and Donna Thomas of Santa Cruz concluded in their book “Muir Ramble Route” that he likely followed the Coyote Creek to Morgan Hill, up to Henry Coe, Pacheco Fall, and then through Pacheco Pass. Following Muir’s footsteps gives a new meaning to many ACTC Bears and Goats rides!

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Chilly Chili Campout 3/16-18/2007

| March 16, 2007 11:56 am

by Jerry Schonewille

This 3-day campout at Sunset Beach is a long time ACTC tradition usually held in the middle of March. The odd name is derived from the typically cold conditions (chilly) and the Saturday night feast (chili). Sunset Beach is only about 40 miles from Los Gatos so riding to the campout Friday and back Sunday is a good option. I’ve been leading rides to and from the Chilly Chili campout the last few years with some riders going self contained and others arranging to have their gear transported.

Saturday includes a nice 40 mile out and back ride along Elkhorn Slew to Phil’s Fish Market at Moss Landing. Great early season camping and touring warmup.

Coalinga Loop Overnighter

| March 15, 2007 6:32 am

by Jerry Schonewille

This weekend adventure started over twenty years ago by Brad Wade. In recent years Pam Downs has led both a spring and fall edition. If you like riding lonely remote roads with little traffic then this tour is for you! The ride starts in King City and goes to Coalinga where everyone spends the night at Cambridge Inn before returning to King City the next day. You’ll cover about 130 miles total with 7500 ft of climbing. It is supported, sometimes by a dedicated sag driver, other times by sharing driving duties. You do not want to do this ride unsupported, particularly in the fall, as it can get very hot and there are no services along the way on either day.

King City is less than a 2-hour drive from the Bay Area and many people drive down Saturday morning and drive back Sunday afternoon. Others arrive Friday and spend the night at Keefers Inn.

In recent years this ride has been done in a clockwise direction but in October 2006 Pam tried counter-clockwise and many riders were pleased with the change. I suspect both directions will be ridden in the future. Last year Mylo and I turned this into a 6-day self contained tour and I expect to do that again next time. We discovered a great campground along the Salinas River right in King City so camping at San Lorenzo Park is definitely an option for those so inclined.

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