And yet another nice ride yesterday! Four of us left the Denny's Diner in Newcastle about 10:00 am and wandered north through the foothills and angled down toward the valley floor and crossed the dam at the Camp Far West reservoir and rode on up to Marysville and across the Sacramento River, through Yuba City and west on Highway 20 for a few miles to the turnoff for Sutter. Sutter is a small town that seems lost in the 1950s, and is nestled near the south eastern foot of the Sutter buttes. We have done this ride before but had not measured the distance around the Buttes, so this time we did and found it's 42 miles to go from Sutter, around the Buttes, and back to Sutter. Fortunately there is a pretty good Mexican grill (restaurant and bar) where we filled up with a nice meal and a Mexican beer.
To return home we took Highway 20 toward Grass Valley which is mainly flat and straight on the valley floor but begins to rise and fall as it winds up into the foothills. It is a pretty nice road now, but 30 years ago and before it was a narrow and rough road with frequent tight turns up in the hills, so it is much improved and a joy to ride if there is no traffic in the way. All in all it was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a beautiful sunny day. It was raining two days ago and will again tonight, so we were fortunate to catch the break in the weather.