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    Making the Pliny Pilgrimage

    I'm heading up to Santa Rosa tomorrow with a couple other riders from the South Bay. Plan is to ride Annadel and drink some Pliny the Younger. First time for both!

    The beer part I think I have figured out. Any tips or suggestions for riding Annadel? We're pretty solid riders on AM rigs. Hoping to get a good 2-3 hour ride in.

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    You need a local guide!! Someone step up. PACS will buy you a beer.

    I've been there 8x and have no idea where I'm going.

    Have fun

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    Lot's of route suggestions if you do a search. Just off the top of my head I'd say something that involves going down Lawndale and down the Burmas or Rough Go.

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    Heres a link to a pdf map of Annadel
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/480/fi...ochure2012.pdf

    This is a pretty standard route for annadel, 20+ miles. You can do it in 3 hours if you keep moving.

    Channel drive parking lot to channel trail> Warren Richardson> Two quarry> left on Marsh> Lawndale> right Lawndale paved road> Right Shultz paved road> Shultz trail> Ridge trail> right Marsh> left S. burma> right Warren richardson> left N burma> left Live oak> right rough go> right orchard> right on cobblestone back to channel drive parking lot. You can cut a couple miles off that route by staying on north burma to channel dr parking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    You need a local guide!! Someone step up. PACS will buy you a beer.

    I've been there 8x and have no idea where I'm going.

    Have fun

    fc
    But of course, free beer to anyone who wants to show us around. Also willing to reciprocate down here (Demo and Santa Cruz area).

    Fuenstock, thanks for the map and the recommendation - looks good.

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    What time do you plan on getting to Annadel?

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    Fuenstock's route will show most of the good stuff that Annadel has to offer. Just make sure you eat your wheaties first. That ride is a great workout with all of the fun downhills included.

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    Two words of advice:

    nohardtail & designateddriver.

    fc

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    A pristine bike free of dirt, scratches, and wear marks makes me sort of sad

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    Crap. What time of day was that video shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACS View Post
    Crap. What time of day was that video shot?
    1:35pm Today
    It was Also Lunar New Year so a few more folks than normal for a Monday...
    Good Luck!
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    Ooof. I drove by Saturday afternoon around 2pm and the line was about that long: all the way down 4th to the corner and halfway down D Street.
    Next year for me.

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    Saturday is not a good indicator. It is just a non-starter. Next year, the line will be twice as long.

    If you want no line, just show up on a week day at 11 am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post

    If you want no line, just show up on a week day at 11 am.

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    This should be true, but I arrived at 10:45 am yesterday (Monday) and found the line about the same as that video (almost to the corner). Second year in a row that I got burned. I'm done with Younger pilgrimage. Tried it three years ago and, although it's very good, I'm not waiting in line more than 15 minutes for any beer. Too much hype now. At least there's always annadel to make the trip worth it.

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    It's just a beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    It's just a beer.
    ^^^ this

    It's fun if you want to make an adventure out of it. Ride, hang out with the guys, etc., but no doubt, this beer is over-hyped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tburger View Post
    ^^^ this

    It's fun if you want to make an adventure out of it. Ride, hang out with the guys, etc., but no doubt, this beer is over-hyped.
    I should have said that second part as well because it's very true. I don't want to make it sound like it's not worth going up there for. I hear it's a great beer.

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    Third street ale works is a good alternative, or you could eat at Lagunitas in Petaluma.

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    Pliny the Younger is so direly overrated, as are all these other fancy beers. I would just prefer a Keystone Ice.

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    Making the Pliny Pilgrimage

    Yesterday was a holiday so more peeps than usual for monday at 1:30.
    Last year and year before went on a monday and Valentines day and walked right in.
    Lauganitas is closed on mon. And tues. so no go there.
    3rd st worked just fine.
    Next year we'll try it again but will not wait in line over 15 mins for a beer either.
    Drink up all!
    Tonight, Torpedo on Tap at my private club. 🍻
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    In regards to the Pliny and waiting in line, don't forget it is SF Beer week and many locations have it on tap for a specific time and place! All throughout the Bay area! Go online and Google SF Beer week. Click on the schedule and there you go!! Ride, Drink, Ride, Drink, Repeat!!!

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    it is overrated - i like elder better

    but, i will drink it today and I will hold your place in line.

    fuenstock suggested a great ride in the park, you just gotta be ready for a little suffering early on up 2quarry.

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    Making the Pliny Pilgrimage

    Anywhere to buy in Marin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zgroove View Post
    In regards to the Pliny and waiting in line, don't forget it is SF Beer week and many locations have it on tap for a specific time and place! All throughout the Bay area! Go online and Google SF Beer week. Click on the schedule and there you go!! Ride, Drink, Ride, Drink, Repeat!!!
    This is a decent suggestion but it is pretty much a non-starter. With hundreds/thousands of people looking at the schedule looking to share one keg, it is often the case that there is a long line and then they run out. That was last year. This year is worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    This is a decent suggestion but it is pretty much a non-starter. With hundreds/thousands of people looking at the schedule looking to share one keg, it is often the case that there is a long line and then they run out. That was last year. This year is worse.
    Toronado has a new keg every day this week I believe.

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