Fly, rent, ride in north CA for Thanksgiving

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Pappy541, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. tweeder

    tweeder Farkle Queen

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    Sorry I won't be able to meet you-I won't be coming down until most likely the day before Thanksgiving, after your visit to Alice's...

    If you are near Alice's make sure you hit up Hwy 84, Pescadero, Bonny Doon, Gazos Creek, Jameson Creek, Boulder Creek etc. Great day ride from SF to Alice's along Skyline/Hwy 35 to the coast via some of those backroads. But that's just my opinion...let me know if you want any specific suggestions.

    As far as between SF and LA-I have only one idea-make sure you stop in Clovis.




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    Have fun, ride safe, enjoy CA.
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  2. RodT

    RodT Been here awhile

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    This is the wrong time of the year to go to Tahoe, it's cold and there's a good chance of frost and ice on the roads. If the weather turns bad, Tahoe always gets snow. I would ride south for warmer conditions.
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  3. Willsfree

    Willsfree Free to Explore

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    This Thanksgiving could be a wonderful time for Cali riding. I just did a loop last week north of SF: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...nmFgDGT6XWmlRXqlA&oq=ft+&mra=ls&via=9&t=m&z=8

    Fall is my favorite time of year, clear skies, blue water and fall colors. Bring heated gear and balakavas though. It will be cool north or south.

    Tweeder's loop through the Santa Cruz mountains would be an awesome start from Alices and then take Highway 9 out of Boulder Crk to Santa Cruz and head south to Carmel. The stretch of Highway One to Cambria is not to be missed. I would personally turn around at San Louis Obisbo and take 101 to SF and then get on Highway One north and connect with the loop I followed last week.

    It is a big state, try not to waste your visit on the Interstates or getting stuck in the massive southern california cityscape.

    If you're going to try for Tahoe and the whether cooperates, you could loop through Yosemite:https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...khAGkAbZqFgDH_rXbwZxNQSg&oq=sf&mra=ls&t=m&z=8

    I've been over the Sierra passes many times during the winter, 120 will closed with the first snow, but clear skies at present.

    Sounds like you are planning a wonderful trip :thumb
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  4. Pappy541

    Pappy541 Been here awhile

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    Keep the info coming.
    I check in every day and make notes!

    thanks
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  5. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Nice loop, bit i got confused at FS1. Did you turn around and go back to the coast? Fs1 cuts through 50 miles to 299 and is an awesome road.
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  6. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    If the weather holds north of SF you and you like beer, you could plan your loops to end at some of the best breweries in the country. Lagunitas, Eel river (Fortuna), North Coast (Fort Bragg), Russian River(Santa Rosa), Bear Republic (Healdsburg) just to name a few.
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  7. Willsfree

    Willsfree Free to Explore

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    I rode the 60 plus miles through from Highway 36 to 299. Camped out on the ridge overlooking the coastal valleys. Made a warm fire and woke up to a frozen tent and frost covered bike.

    Google maps wouldn't show the path through the Blue Lake CA.

    I started the trip with a beer at Russian River in Santa Rosa.
    Two more brewerys to add...Mad River Burger Bar on 36 and Mad River Brewing Co in Blue Lake :thumb
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  8. brian777

    brian777 We're there!

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    I highly highly highly recommend this section of PCH:

    http://goo.gl/maps/WiA4E

    Carmel, CA to San Simeon, CA on Highway 1. Your wife might like a hearst castle tour as well at san simeon :)
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  9. AngryScot

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    Agreed, plus Cambria just south is a wonderful destination and some good eats and places to stay if needed.
    Madonna Inn is spendy but really fun americana wacky stuff, but the fillet steak is amazing!!!(ask for sharon, best waitress there :D)
    They also have a hot tub and spa for the wifey so you can gain honey credits :)

    Some great roads out and around that area too. Plus wine tasting etc.

    If you are up near russian river, add rio nido roadhouse to the list, great food and the owner is an inmate

    have fun!
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  10. ThirdBestFriend

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    Hey man! You are coming in Friday 11/22 and that's when I am going moto camping down at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Friday night/Saturday night. I already have the camping spot booked and am willing to share it on either night if you are interested.

    Leaving San Jose around 6pm if you want to ride down together Friday.

    PM me if interested.
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  11. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Long timer

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    quick, get the northern and southern california butler maps... all the road info you'll need for a week-long trip.... weather can be the biggest factor this time of year in which way you go on your travels....

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=598717
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  12. yobuddy

    yobuddy Been here awhile

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    If you want to ride the Sierra foothills I can tour guide you around on either the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving. If we don't get much rain/snow we could head up to Yosemite or Tahoe. Just throwing that out, happy to take you out. I am located about 90 miles east of San Francisco and 65 miles west of the Yosemite gate.

    Just throwing that out there!

    Bob
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  13. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    Damn i missed this! Would have loved to go on a ride! Maybe next time you are in the area! :thumb
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