Sample Pilgrimage Route
“Support and Gear” (SAG) vehicles and Rest Stops will be available along the route and will come to your aid. But, because of the nature of the event as a volunteer effort, riders are encouraged to be as self-sufficient as possible. Please carry basic tools and be prepared to repair your own flat tires, and be sure to carry plenty of water. All participants should also be in good physical shape with the intention to complete the ride on their own power. We recommend all riders take advantage of the training rides organized by other riders. This will get you in shape and provide the opportunity to meet other members of our cycling sangha!
Final Route maps will be at the start on our first morning.
Day 1 — 84 miles
Spirit Rock Meditation Center to Sae Taw Win Dhamma Center to KOA Campground
On our first day we will meet early at Spirit Rock. An opening ceremony will spiritually fuel us for today’s 84 -mile journey. Several organized Rest Stops along the way will provide water, energy drinks, and snacks, along with a little good cheer and words of encouragement. We’ll stop for lunch and a talk at Sae Taw Win II Monastery.
The route first heads north from Spirit Rock through Nicasio, Chileno Valley, and Two Rock. We’ll skirt Sebastopol before reaching Sae Taw Win in Graton. There are three decent climbs of about 300 feet each this morning. After lunch we’ll ride through the vineyards of the Dry Creek valley before a short climb toward Geyserville and final run in to the KOA campground. After our final big climb there will be time for a swim, shower, and great meal prepared by the Kitchen Coordinator and Volunteers.
The day will end with a short evening Dharma program at 8pm, then early to bed!
See the 2011 day 1 route at: RideWithGPS.
Day 2 — 53 miles
KOA Campground to City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to Abhayagiri Monastery
An optional early morning meditation will begin the day. After the prepared breakfast and packing up, riders hit the road early. We’ll wind through more vineyards and tackle a short portion of Hwy 101 in the morning. No big hills today! After slipping into our “modesty” attire, we’ll enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch and a short tour at the City of 10,000 Buddhas. In the afternoon, we’ll follow the Russian River past Ukiah, Calpella and Redwood Valley. With a shorter route today, we’ll reach Abhayagiri by mid-afternoon for tours and the closing ceremony. Invite your friends and family to meet you there (and perhaps give you a ride home)!
See the 2011 day 2 route at: RideWithGPS.