Beautiful Backroads in San Benito County

My Tuesday group rode from a spot near the little town of Paicines in San Benito County, out neighbor to the south.

At the Start is the Jon Kaplan memorial, to a member of our club who was killed on nearby state highway 25, by a distracted driver. That road has some narrow shoulders and some insanely fast drivers so we no longer ride on it, we stick to the lightly traveled local roads.
We Rode out and back in a big loop past the foothills seen to the right

There was a lot of climbing in the foothills, with a rest stop at the beautiful De Rosa winery. Just under 30 miles, with a great lunch afterwards in another neat little town, Tres Pinos. The only problem with these rural roads in this County are that they need some maintenance- lots of potholes and cracked pavement. It’s not the best for a skinny-tired road bike, but I took my Sirrus with fatter tires, close to being a “gravel” bike, and it was plenty comfortable.