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I recently had the pleasure of a full day of cycling with my son while exploring some new territory. We headed up to Monte Rio early one Sunday morning with bikes in the back of our truck (no safe route from Sebastopol for a kid and too far for riding anything else to boot) and parked by the Monte Rio Community Center. We were able to take Old Monte Rio Road and other small roads east to Guernewood Park with only a short stretch on Hwy 116, then up the canyon on Monterosa and a big climb up Old Cazadero Road. Since Old Caz is closed to car traffic in the middle, traffic was very light and we even saw only a single other cyclist. After reaching the summit (roughly 1200 ft.), we had a quick descent on dirt to East Austin Creek and lunch before a last short climb over the ridge to Cazadero.

We can both heartily recommend the bakery on Cazadero Hwy, just south of the tiny business district. Fueled by pastries, we returned to downtown Cazadero to drop in the general store, and then took Austin Creek Road all the way back to 116, with a long stop and dip into Austin Creek along the way. Another short distance along the highway brought us to Duncans Mills, another bakery, and the final stretch back to Monte Rio along Moscow Road. A very fine day.