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Five Great Scooter Rides in the North Bay

By Leilani Clark


Chalk Hill Road Beginning scooterists will enjoy the vineyard views, meadows, redwoods and farm animals along this semi-hilly ride between Windsor and Highway 28.

Westside Road Take River Road to Wohler Bridge and head north on Westside Road into Healdsburg. A classic wine country ride through some of West County's most scenic climes, suitable for beginners.

Enterprise Road Starting at the southeast end of Santa Rosa, take Bennett Valley Road to Enterprise Road and bask in the oak woodlands, vineyards and sweeping pastureland. Make a stop at Matanzas Creek Winery on the way back to smell the sweet-scented lavender fields. Beginners can handle this one, too.

Chileno Valley Road The cows still outnumber the people on this ride through the emerald valleys between Tomales Road and the outskirts of Petaluma. A bit more challenging, this ride is suitable for more experienced riders.

Napa Valley For the ultimate (and more challenging) Napa Valley ride, start at Brown's Valley Market, Napa. Take Highway 29 up to St. Helena. From there, turn onto Deer Park Road and then Howell Mountain Road. Stop in Angwin for gas (you've got $3, right?) and then go toward Pope Valley. Take Chiles Pope Valley Road to Highway 128 east. Ride that down to Highway 121 and head back into Napa. A nice, long tour of the Napa Valley.


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