Snacks: Depending on how far I’m riding, I bring an assortment of Clif Bars, Clif Blox, and Jelly Belly Sport Beans with me. I’ll stop by Green’s Nutrition or Artesian Natural Foods. Trader Joe’s is also a good stop for snacks. One of my favorite must-have snacks when I take a break is a York Peppermint Pattie, even better if it’s chilled.
Post-ride meal and drinks: After an especially long ride I crave a cheeseburger, fries and a beer. There are a lot of great burgers in town at Chuck’s, American Waffle Diner, or Flip’s, but my post-ride favorite is a Squeeze-with-cheese and bacon at Squeeze Burger. As for beer, I generally go for the double IPA or a good stout.
Below are two of my favorite rides in Stockton. I hope you enjoy them and be sure to check out the San Joaquin Bike Coalition website or Facebook page to learn about our organization and upcoming rides.
San Joaquin Bike Coalition
Downtown Stockton to Buckley Cove 12.5 miles round trip
Buckley Cove Park and Boat Launch is a fun place to ride out and see the delta. It’s a real treat to catch some of Stockton Sailing Club events and races, or just go out and watch the sun set. The best way to get to Buckley Cove is on the Calaveras Bike Path. The bike path is part of a 7+ mile paved cycling and pedestrian path that stretches from Buckley Cove on the San Joaquin Delta on the west to Holman and Cherokee Roads on the east.
Getting to the Calaveras Bike Path from Downtown Stockton is a snap! Take West Fremont Street to Baker Street and Kensington Way, through the beautiful University of the Pacific campus. Throughout midtown and the west half of Stockton, I think Baker / Kensington are some of the most biked roads. To get to Buckley Cove from there, head west (and say hello to that delta breeze) until you come to the end of the Calaveras bike path. At the end of the Calaveras bike path the designated bike route will keep you on the wide sidewalk to March Lane, turning left on March before cycling out and around Buckley Cove park.