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Gear Up With Backroads

I had the opportunity to participate in a Backroads bicycle tour through the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. On our tour was a writer for TravelAge West Magazine. She summed up the experience so eloquently, that I decided to publish it on my Black Label Travel website. So the credit here goes to Valerie Chen, who so graciously allowed me to publish her article here. Enjoy!


“I think I can, I think I can,” I chanted in my head, wiping off the sweat from my brow with one hand and switching gears with the other.

I was on an abbreviated version of the California Wine Country cycling trip through Napa Valley and Sonoma with Backroads, and I had just clocked in mile No. 16 of the day’s ride. My legs felt jelly-like, and the thought of idly imbibing a crisp chardonnay or an oaky merlot felt far more seductive than the monstrous hill looming before me.

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