• Stuart Knoles


    January 26, 2013
  • Audrey Wagner

    Congrats! As stoker of a recumbent tandem, I sympathize with hauling a heavy bike up double digit grades. We too have a ride that was about 3 miles of climbing. The first time we, walked about 1.5 miles of it. The next year we were determined not to walk! We also were blessed with more than 4 hours’ sleep the second year and made it. So I am savoring your joy as well. Cheers,

    January 26, 2013
  • Jason

    Amazing views, awesome climb. You two are ageless.

    January 26, 2013
  • […] L.A. City Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander take up the city’s hit-and-run epidemic; Englander calls for impounding vehicles of drivers who flee, maybe he’s been reading my blog? The Times looks at Gil Garcetti, bike-friendly photographer and former DA — and father of current mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti. Long Beach’s biking expats are back in SoCal after returning to the scene of a beautifully challenging ride near Solvang. […]

    January 28, 2013
  • Mauricio Orantes

    Cool story and very well written. Congrats. If your in San Diego come stay with me.

    January 28, 2013
  • Experience pays! We’d love to have you do this as a slide show at Open Bike when you get back.

    Lot’s of love from PDX!

    January 29, 2013
  • bigschill

    that road is a hidden gem. Much nicer than 101 or San Marcos pass. Great story.

    January 31, 2013
  • Micheal Blue

    Great photos. When I go day trekking in south-central Ontario I like to take backroads. While they are rougher, mostly unpaved, and the gradients can get crazy (when crossing Niagara Escarpment), they offer better views and almost no cars.

    February 01, 2013
  • DP

    Cynthia’ s a champ!

    February 04, 2013
  • […] they did an article on Refugio Rd., complete with cool pictures and a great write-up. Check it out HERE, or by clicking on the images […]

    February 04, 2013
  • Amusingly, Google directions routes you this way on foot but not on bicycle. Looks like a fabulous ride. The view from the summit looks like it is worth the climb, let alone the screaming descent.

    February 05, 2013
  • […] California dreaming. […]

    February 08, 2013
  • I visit Solvang each March for training, from Ohio and do that climb each time, on a road bike. At the top, a turn to the left takes you up another 2000′ to a satellite array with spectacular views along a narrow spine of ridge, the ocean to one side, Santa Ynez Valley to the other. May be the best views I’ve seen from a bike. Regans old ranch is located up there but its since been acquired by a group. Heck of a place for a ranch. Refugio was bladed two years ago so it’s much better than when you rode it in 2008. Enjoyed your report.

    February 14, 2013
  • Rick

    Way to go. I was cheering for you.

    February 13, 2016
  • Kevin

    Hi Russ — I am planning a bike tour from SLO to Santa Barbara and trying to avoid the 101. This is a great route!! But from Refugio State Park, how do you connect to Santa Barbara at the Hollister exit without going back onto the 101?? Thanks

    November 13, 2016

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