Day 1: Auburn to Sacramento

On Sunday, April 19th three Organic Valley Farmers and 3 Organic Valley employees embarked on our Cycling for Sustainability California adventure. The day started briskly at 6:30 am on the crest of the American River Canyon Overlook Park, where we unpacked our bikes that had made a treacherous journey from Wisconsin (flat ties and snowstorms). With all derailleurs and clipless pedals in place we were ready to hit the road. Our new friends and seasoned cyclists from Raley’s, led the way beginning with an epic downhill taking us from 1000 feet above sea level to 0 in a matter of minutes, reaching speeds of 40 plus miles per hour.  This first leg of the day brought us to Raley’s supermarket in Granite Bay where we were welcomed with open arms by an additional 30 Raley’s employees eager to join the tour.

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After a refuel with Organic Valley Organic Fuel we were charged and ready to discover the beauty of the American River Parkway in Carmichael, CA. Packed with over 8 million users a year, more than Yosemite National Park, the trail is coveted by bikers, runners and dog walkers alike. After a 25 mi stretch, we reached our first pit stop on the trail and eagerly listened to Matt Ocko the Project Manager of the American River Parkway Foundation talk about his passion for the park and its future preservation.

Day one of cycling ended 15 miles later as the Sacramento and American River converge and we approached the boardwalk of Old Sacramento. Famished, but energized by the charm of the city we wrapped up the day with Raley’s over lunch and a Deschutes Freshly Squeezed IPA. Cheers we said, to the prospect of another 6 days of riding, building relationships and soil conservation education.

Literally, have to hop on my bike or I’ll be left behind! Cheers!

Cycling for Sustainability is an adventure series. To see all of the posts from this series click the “cycling for sustainability” tag at the top of the page.