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Old 05-12-2015, 06:23 PM   #1
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A ride through the Montezuma Hills

Today I headed south for a look at the Sacramento river and surroundings. A few miles from our foothill home and I was in the flat of the Sacramento Valley, cruising a nice two lane road past nut orchards and fields of alfalfa, young sunflowers and tomatoes. After 25 miles I reached the southern edge of Solano County where gently rolling hills begin. This area is mostly dryland pasture and grain fields.

A bit farther on and I am on a mostly deserted road that winds through an area called the Montezuma Hills. The hills run alongside the Sacramento River, and during much of the year cool ocean air rushes inland along the river to the hot central valley. These hills are a perfect place for hundreds of large wind turbines since they can coexist with fields of grain as well as sheep and cattle.

As I ride through the roller coaster hills, the turbines appear to be rising up and down out of the wheat fields.

There are no real towns along the road, only a couple of crossroads. Birds Landing has a watering hole so it warrants a sign.

The small town of Rio Vista lies alongside the Sacramento River. This drawbridge raises to let sailboats and cargo ships pass under on the passage to and from the Port of Sacramento.

I stop for lunch at Foster's Bighorn, a place locally famous for its huge display of hunting trophies including over 300 animals, birds and fish. These were bagged by a Mr. Foster back in the 30's and 40's. Definitely not the type of place to take an animal lover.

I used an iPhone in Panorama mode to grab this shot of a small part of the display.

After lunch I crossed the river and headed a bit farther south. Besides farming and wind turbines, this area is famous for its great wind surfing and kiting. Being a week day and too early for the big wind to crank up there was only a single kite out on the water. But normally later afternoons and weekends see hundreds of sailors out blazing across the river and jumping big swells.

One last look at the river before heading home.

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Old 05-12-2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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Looks like it was a terrific ride. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

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Liked your ride was good fun
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:38 AM   #4
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That's one of my favorite afternoon rides outa west sac.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:06 AM   #5
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Beautiful ride, beautiful bike! Thanks for sharing!
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