Event & Route description

“Support and Gear” (SAG) vehicles are available along the route and will come to your aid.  Each day has rest stops and lunch. We have Saturday dinner, but only snacks on Sunday evening.

Riders are encouraged to be as self-sufficient as possible. Carry basic tools, repair your own flat tires, and bring your water bottle.  You should be in good physical shape with the intention to complete the ride on your own power. 

If you’re attending the pilgrimage, don’t rely on these route sheets and GPS files. These are historical and not updated with changes for the current year.

Routes on Ride with GPS

Day 1: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44298307

Day 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44309796

Routes on Strava

Day 1: https://www.strava.com/routes/3139411028028211208

Day 2: https://www.strava.com/routes/3139411967991979394

Maps with Cue Sheets (PDF)

Day 1 Part 1

Day 1 Part 2

Day 2

Day 1 — 85 miles, 5k climb

Spirit Rock (Woodacre) to KOA campground (Cloverdale)

Early start at Spirit Rock. The earlier you arrive, the more relaxed you begin the day.

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Drop off food donations & gear bags, get bikes ready, and head for the registration table. 

After meditation and announcements, we roll north along a beautiful route. Morning chill burns off, the views are spectacular. After two rest stops, we stop at Stone Creek Zen Center for lunch in Graton, and Sessei Meg Levie offers a dharma talk.

Late afternoon we arrive at the campground for showers, swimming, yoga, appetizers, and a big dinner. Monks from Abhayagiri offer a dharma talk and a chant. Sleeping in tents or under the stars!

Day 2 — 54 miles, 2.2k climb

KOA to City of 10,000 Buddhas (Ukiah) to Abhayagiri Monastery (Redwood Valley)

A cool and calm morning ride gives way to a bustling hour on the edge of the 101. Soon enough, we’re back on picturesque roads to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas where we tour the campus, view the murals and statues, receive meditation instructions, and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon we have the final push through vineyards and river crossings culminating at the Abhayagiri monastery built on the hillsides of Redwood Valley. The monks offer a short talk and chanting. We pilgrims offer thanks and donations of food supplies. 

Still vibrating with the energies of the day, we head for home! Some pilgrims in vehicles, most on a charter bus. After dark, we arrive at Spirit Rock where we began, collect belongings, and say goodbye. Another year of bicycle pilgrimage is complete.