California’s El Camino Reál

An epic, 825-mile bicycle adventure connecting California’s historic Spanish missions

Established between 1769 and 1833, 21 Spanish missions aimed to settle “Alta California” and solidify Spain’s conquest of the “New World.” Though the missions were dismantled when Mexico took control in 1834, they set the pattern of settlement and gave California its uniquely Old-World Spanish flavor. Our 825-mile bike expedition connects these missions in a 16-day spring 2021 trek.

El Camino Reál

The vast distances make it best to cover these 825 miles by bicycle (though a 55-day walking trip is also possible). Owner Sandy Brown covered the territory in 2020 and is now welcoming bike pilgrims to join him April 10-26, 2021.

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