Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Re: Cool Roads
THE LOOP -
THe SF Ba Area's ultimate ride IMHO. Highway 9 out of Saratoga for a bunch of twisties up to the 9/35 junction. Then down 9 to Boulder Creek for about 3 times as many twisties. Hang a right at the stop sign on 236, then on about 8 miles to Jameson Creek Rd. A left and up the Santa Cruz Mountains on a tight, twisty, and sometimes bumpy (but still fun) road to the top of the mountains on Empire Grade. Handg a left and blast your ass off on sweepers for 12-15 miles to Pine Flat Rd. A quick right, rip down through Bonny Doon, and on through more cornering fun out to Highway 1, the PCH. Up the coast through Davenport, around Swanton Rd (just because you can), back onto 1, and up to Gazos Creek just after the lighthouse. More tight twisties and then big, high speed sweepers to Pescadero Rd. A right onto that and more fun through the mountains and monster sequoias with lots of bends, then a tight sweeping right around and out to Highway 84.
For me Highway 84 from the Pescadero Rd junction to Alice's Restaurant at the top of the mountains is ABSOLUTELY MOTORCYCLING NIRVANA!!! 14 miles of the best turns weaved together that God, man, Satan, or a drunken highway worker could have every threaded together. Shit-eating grin type of riding, know what I mean??
At Alice's connect back with Skyline Dr. (Highway 35), hang a right and blast the 25 miles back to 9. Rip a left and drop back down the mountain into Saratoga. Then find a place to stop, pop off your helmet, smile and reflect on a perfect ride.
It is as it was intended.... exquisite.
San Jose, CA
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