Originally Posted by rmg08057
Does anyone know if the 130 which goes up and past the Lick Observatory is sealed all the way thru to Livermore.
I just rode this route a couple of weeks ago. It's definitely paved the whole and in decent shape. There were a few patches of sand/dust on the West side of Mt Hamilton, probably from rain a few weeks ago, but they might be gone by now. There are also some spots on Mines Rd that are dusty and show signs of recent construction. Overall it's a great route though.
If you're only going one way I'd recommend starting in Livermore and going up the East side of Mt Hamilton. The East side turns aren't as tight and the road is in better shape, and I think it'd be more fun to carry the speed up there. I always slow down anyway when going down, so the tighter turns and crappier pavement on the East side won't be as annoying.
Here's a google map to the route I mean. The waypoint in the middle is a little bar and grill called The Junction, it's pretty much the only place to stop on this route, on weekends there are usually a few motorcycles and bicycles in the parking lot -- I've never been in. If you're actually thinking of eating lunch, this is pretty much your only option along the route.
Mines Rd to Lick Observatory
I haven't been on Calaveras Rd. into Livermore for a couple of years. It's a pretty narrow road with lots of twisties. If you're pressed for time I'd consider skipping it. 84 into Livermore is fine, but there's usually traffic. They're turning it into a major route, looks like it'll be divided 2 lanes each way all the way through when they're done. Right now there's just a lot of construction on the only twisty part of the road, right outside Livermore. Still worth taking, but don't expect much.
Of the roads you mentioned, Mines Rd and 130 up the East side of Mt Hamilton are the gems for a bigger bike. Calaveras and the West sids of Mt Hamilton would be more fun on a supermoto.
If you're looking for company for this lunch ride, let me know -- I'm in Mountain View but it's a quick ride on 237 over to where you are.