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Rt 130, Lick Obs, San Jose area

Does anyone know if the 130 which goes up and past the Lick Observatory is sealed all the way thru to Livermore. From looking at the map, after passing the Observatory, it eventually becomes Mines Road before finishing in Livermore.

A couple of us from work are taking a run at lunchtime today and this route at 107 miles looked pretty good, probably would be a 2 hour lunch though. Any suggestions otherwise...starting on McCarthy Blvd in Milpitas?

Current other ideas are:
1. Calaveras Road over to the the 84 and into Livermore on the 84. Return is 64 miles.
2. Lick Observatory and return being 59 miles.

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Yes it's paved up to Livermore but not always in the greatest shape. There's also a paved road about 1/2 up to livermore that spurs to I-5.
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Does anyone know if the 130 which goes up and past the Lick Observatory is sealed all the way thru to Livermore. From looking at the map, after passing the Observatory, it eventually becomes Mines Road before finishing in Livermore.

A couple of us from work are taking a run at lunchtime today and this route at 107 miles looked pretty good, probably would be a 2 hour lunch though. Any suggestions otherwise...starting on McCarthy Blvd in Milpitas?

Current other ideas are:
1. Calaveras Road over to the the 84 and into Livermore on the 84. Return is 64 miles.
2. Lick Observatory and return being 59 miles.
THe road up to the observatory is in good shape and paved, but VERY twisty with lots of switchbacks. It's a slow ride up, but a fun one. Watch for gravel in the corners. From Lick out to Livermore is paved and in pretty good shape. I was up there a few months ago and it appeared they fixed the worst of the nast road surface, but there still are some spots to watch. Once you're off the mountain and start running the canyons it's in much better shape. Stop at The Junction for lunch!

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Plus watch for all the squids that can't handle the road and end up in your lane. Hopefully that is better on a weekday.

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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.

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Thanks everyone, all great info. We ended up going up to Lick. The round trip plus a good 20+ minutes at the top on a superb day made it 2 hours anyway. As I am an hourly worker, thats an expensive lunch! I liked the ride, a bit of gravel, but speeds were low enough that you had time to adjust for it.

I am looking forward to the run out Livermore on Mines Rd (or rather the other way). The road was effectively empty today midweek so......Bonefidebob, I'll give you a call on the next ride, probably in a couple of week. We may try the MtView side, run up Page Mill and along the main ridge. Is Alice's open during the week?

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Thanks everyone, all great info. We ended up going up to Lick. The round trip plus a good 20+ minutes at the top on a superb day made it 2 hours anyway. As I am an hourly worker, thats an expensive lunch! I liked the ride, a bit of gravel, but speeds were low enough that you had time to adjust for it.

I am looking forward to the run out Livermore on Mines Rd (or rather the other way). The road was effectively empty today midweek so......Bonefidebob, I'll give you a call on the next ride, probably in a couple of week. We may try the MtView side, run up Page Mill and along the main ridge. Is Alice's open during the week?
I believe Alice's is open every day. Don't forget to try 9 and 84 up and down, both sides! And keep me posted, you never know when I might be able to sneak out for a ride and actually meet you!

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May I suggest alternates for long lunch rides in the Mt. Hamilton area. I am using the Mckee Starbucks and the Capitol Starbucks only as start and end references. The reason I did that is because there is a very technical incline hairpin in Quimby road that would be quite challenging if you were to approach it from west to east (San Jose to Lick Observatory) but easy when reversed PLUS has a great view of the valley to boot. Hope you can open this garmin file. If not, I'll translate it to S&T.

Lunch options are:

JUNCTION (intersection of San Antonio Valley Rd and Del Puerto Canyon) for a realistic lunch ride.

Las Gaviotas (Patterson) for good Mexican food

Diablo Grande (located IN the clubhouse of the golf course). Decent lunch but the road going there is awesome!!!
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