The Gaia Festival is pleased to announce a new bicycle initiative for 2012, with two bike tours anyone can join coming to the festival from the north and south.
FROM THE SOUTH we have the Rock The Bike tour starting in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Bridge on Monday July 30th. (See details below) They will be traveling approximately 43 miles a day through Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties ending up at the festival on the evening of August 2. This tour is being hosted by the folks at Rock The Bike.
FROM THE NORTH we have the Emerald Triangle Bike Music Tour starting on Monday July 23 at the site of the Trinity Tribal Stomp in Junction City, California. (See map here) They will be traveling through Trinity, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties arriving at the festival on Thursday, August 2. There will be many musical stops along the way, along with some spectacular camping in the wild and wonderful NCAL mountains. This tour is being hosted by members of Clan Dyken and the Ginger Ninjas.
Anyone traveling with the Rock The Bike Tour or the Emerald Triangle Music Bike Tour will be allowed to enter the festival grounds early when they arrive on Thursday and camp out in the specially reserved area for bike riders.
Once at the festival make sure to check out the bicycle powered stage in the main music meadow with performances throughout the weekend between the main stage artists.
Be sure to check the website periodically for updates on the tours, including campsites where you can join up and places where there will be performances along the way.
Ride to Gaia Fest with Rock the Bike!
Route: San Francisco to Laytonville , CA
Total Distance: 174 Miles
Self-supported ride! No sag wagon. Experienced bike touring cyclists needed.
Monday July 30th - Meetup 9 AM
Departure: Golden Gate Bridge- San Francisco Side. West Sidewalk
Destination: Penry Park, Petaluma
Distance: 43 miles
Tuesday July 31st - Meetup 9 AM
Departure: Penry Park, Petaluma
Distance: 43 miles
Wednesday August 1st - Meetup 9 AM
Departure: Alexander Valley Campground, Healdsburg CA
Distance: 45 miles
Thursday August 2nd - Meetup 9 AM
Departure: Chekaka Recreation Area, Lake Mendocino
Destination: Gaia Festival, Laytonville
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Emerald Triangle Bike Music Tour
Are you ready for this? – Get on your bike and ride!
Over 300 miles in two weeks through some of the most scenic parts of California including the Shasta/Trinity National Forest, crossing the wild and scenic designated Trinity and Eel Rivers, Arcata and the Pacific Coast, The Redwoods of Avenue of the Giants, south along the Eel river and end up at the Gaia festival, a three day eco-music festival of epic proportions.
We’ll be riding with bike music pioneers, the Ginger Ninjas and bringing the music all along the way. Let’s just say this is guaranteed to be a blast. Riders of all ability and skill are welcome-you can do this!
July 21-22 Trinity Tribal Stomp – Junction City*
23 Casa de Castellanos – Hayfork*
24 Hells Gate
26/27 Kirtan Camp
28 Arcata Square*
Blue Lake Music Festival – Perigot Park*
30 House Party – Holmes*
31 Avenue of the Giants
Aug 1 House Party – Garberville*
2 Tan Oak Park*
3-5 Gaia Music Festival*
- Your Bike:
* Pump air in the tires, put oil on the chains, tuck in your pants leg so you don’t get a stain.
- Check your Quick Releases:
* Learn how to use them properly, they are essential for bike safety. Many people get this wrong, so watch this video to see how to use a quick release.
- Check it all over:
* Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly
* Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them
* Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride
Supplies:* Helmet, gloves, comfortable layered clothing, footwear, bandana (makes helmets more comfortable and absorbs sweat), hair tie for long hair.* Empower yourself not to need help: a patch kit, mini-pump, a knowledge of tube patching and/or a spare tube. Patching a tire is a skill that comes with practice, but worth the effort. Then when a cute somebody is broken down you can help them out!* Sunglasses/eyeglasses* Lip balm, sunscreen
* Lights (front and rear) should be in working order with fresh batteries.
* First Aid Kit – This is the type of item that is often neglected. My rule is = “Its better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”
* Bring WATER or your favorite beverage in a reusable container.
* Snacks to share, an energy bar, Cliff bar, fresh fruit is always good, vegetables, nuts, trail mix, goodies of your choice.
* A great way to record and share your experiences! Shoot pics of riders, bikes, and the places your go! At the end of the event, be sure to add them to the Rock the Bike Flickr Group or on our Facebook Page!
* We want these rides to be safe and law-abiding so that we keep a positive reputation in the community.