Ever hear the old saying that life's about the journey, not a destination? Out here in Northern California, we tend to take it a step further: Here, sometimes the journey is the destination. Transit time in our lovely region isn't just a way of getting from Point A to Point B – it's an eye-opener in and of itself. Just ask anyone who's ever taken a bicycle tour, big or small, around our neck of the woods!
California's rugged, coast-hugging Highway One evokes many images, most of which involve sun, surf, and sand. But on my most recent coastal excursion, I detoured away from the tempting blue Pacific and headed inland.
If you like a little "work" in your "play," then a bicycle tour of the rugged San Mateo coast may be your notion of an ideal weekend getaway.
California will provide the stunning backdrop for the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, a professional cycling race modeled after the Tour de France. From Feb. 19 to 26, 16 teams from around the world will compete across 600 miles of scenic California roadway from San Francisco to Redondo Beach.