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Need suggestions for riding along PCH in California

My wife and I are going to be in Napa later this month and I have rented a bike from Dubbleju in San Fran for a day. We have talked about riding from SF down to Monterey, but I'm open to suggestions if anyone has better ideas. I've only got the bike for a day since we have other things planned, so I can't go too far out. Thanks for any ideas.

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Rather than going down the coast the whole way, I'd suggest taking Skyline (35) down the peninsula (maybe stop at Mothers for lunch), then taking 9 through the redwoods to Santa Cruz, and thence down 1 to Monterey. Both Skyline and 9 are regionally reputed rides, and they give you some different perspectives, but still get plenty of that pretty coastline.

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My wife and I are going to be in Napa later this month and I have rented a bike from Dubbleju in San Fran for a day. We have talked about riding from SF down to Monterey, but I'm open to suggestions if anyone has better ideas. I've only got the bike for a day since we have other things planned, so I can't go too far out. Thanks for any ideas.

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Howdy David,

You have some excellent choices:

South on the Peninsula to ....
1-Head South on 280, or 101, to 92 West.
Take it to 35 South (only option) and ride it to Alice's Restaurant for lunch in Sky Londa.
Continue to Hwy 9 West (Can detour on to Big Basin and continue out the otherside on Hwy 9).
Hwy 9 ends on Hwy 1. Take Hwy 1 South, to any number of beach towns (Santa Cruz, Capitola, Monterey, Carmel)
The ride back could have you head North on Hwy 1 and cut over to the inland side of the Peninsula via Hwy 152, Hwy 17, Hwy 9, Hwy 84 or Hwy 92.
Note: Hwy 1 up the Coast to S.F. just opened North of Hwy 92 at "Devil's Slide".
Note: Hwy 17 is not recommended for the feint of heart. It always has heavy traffic, very narrow, lots of tight high speed curves, many trucks, teenagers heading back from the beach, etc.. In other words a Nightmare, or an Adrenalin Rush.
I would recommend Hwy 84 (La Honda Road) for the return. OR, if you're in Monterey or Carmel and it's late, take Hwy 152 to Hwy 101 North and it's a straight shot to S.F..

Note: 17 Mile Drive in Monterey is NOT open to motorcycles.

OR,

Go North up the Coast:

Head across the Golden Gate bridge and take Hwy 1. Detour to the top of Mount Tamalpais.
Continue on Hwy 1 to ..... Any number of places, but I'm partial to Occidental for Lunch (Near Jenner, just North of Sonoma Coast State Beach by the Russian River and slightly inland), or plan on eating lunch in Bodega Bay at one of the ocean view restaurants.
Return on 116 along the Russian River through Guerneville out to Hwy 101.
It should should be early enough to continue East on "Mark West Springs Rd." which is also called the "Petrified Forest" and take that into Calistoga. The road dead ends on St. Helena Hwy. Head South to St. Helena. You'll pass lot's of wineries. Many places to pick for dinner, or if it's too early for dinner West on Hwy 12 to Hwy 121 turn South. Go West on Hwy 37 to Hwy 101. Head South on 101. In San Rafael take the exit, I think it's "Sir Francis Drake" to the West, out to Fairfax. Have dinner at Sorella Caffe (107 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax, CA 94930 ph 415-258-4520). After dinner it's an easy ride back to 101 South and into the city.

OR,

You could do Napa/Sonoma Valleys. Lot's of great roads and scenery. Let me know if you think you'd like the Wine Country better than the Coast and I'll give it some thought. I would think the Mrs. would enjoy Napa more by auto....lot's of winery stops.


Comments: If you put together a "route" on Mapsource and you have the time. A short pre-ride through S.F. along the West/Northwest of the "49 mile drive" is very cool. It's just a nice way to see some beautiful parts of The City in a relaxed and meandering way.

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Bill,
Thanks for the great suggestions. My wife does want to do the winery tours, but I'll save that for when I'm in the car. My primary desire for the day I have the bike is just to get in some great roads and scenery. I'm not hell bent on going any specific direction.


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[font=Comic Sans MS]Howdy David,
Note: Hwy 1 does NOT continue up the Coast to S.F. It is closed just North of Hwy 92 at "Devil's Slide".
Hwy 1 is no longer closed north of Hwy 92.

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Hwy 1 is no longer closed north of Hwy 92.
Cool, thanks for the update.
It apparently opened on August 4th.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercu...n/15196802.htm

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