Sample Schedule

Here’s the schedule for September 23-24, 2023 along the traditional route. We have variations and innovations every year, but this gives a good overview.

Saturday

5:30 am Volunteers arrive at Spirit Rock

6:00 Cyclists arrive at Spirit Rock

  • Drop off food donations and baggage
  • Prepare bikes, go to registration

6:30 Bell Rings, gather for brief meditation and announcements
Dharma talk from Zachary Smith of SF Zen Center

7:45 Bell rings – relaxed riders depart
8:00 Bell rings – majority of riders depart

Rest stop – 14 miles – Hicks Valley Road
Rest stop – 30 miles – Two Rock Elementary School

11:30 Lunch – 50 miles – Stone Creek Zen Center
12:30 Dharma talk 
1:30 
Blessing of the bikes and departure

Rest stop – 64 miles – Vicinity of Old Felta Schoolhouse (to be determined)
Rest stop – 80 miles – Asti Road

Arrive KOA campground – 84 miles – Showers, swimming, appetizers, yoga, QiGong
3:00
– Riders begin arriving.
5:30 vegetarian dinner
7:15 dharma under the stars

night-meditation(mod)Evening Meditation at Campground in prior year

Sunday

5:50am quiet bell, optional morning meditation
6:30 breakfast
7:40 Monks chanting as bicycles depart

Rest stop – 14 miles – Rock Shop

10:00 – 32 miles – City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Tour, meditation instruction, lunch

Rest stop – 36 miles – Lion Park

Arrive Abhayagiri Monastery – 54 miles – Showers, tours, photos

4:00 to 5:00 Dharma talk, chanting, giving thanks, closing ceremony
4:45 cleanup, lost & found, saying goodbye
5:15pm departure of charter bus

8:00 Arrive Spirit Rock – return to where we began and know the place for the first time. Collect bikes and gear, and head for home!