Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Thanks for the ideas everyone...had a great ride, about 750 miles all up, over two absolutely beautiful days in January....almost like a NZ summer :-).
Here are some of the highlights:
1. A hotted up Jetta or Honda and I broke free of the pack along the 1 on Big Sur and had a pretty good 10 miles or so nose to tail running the corners.Two cops pulling over a victim sobered us up and we went our separate ways.
2. An interesting cutoff highlighted by David out of Cambria..Santa Rosa Creek Road...not great riding but very ineresting seeing back country as the locals must see it.
3. The 166/33/58 was less interesting than I had hoped, though Tina at the cafe in Maricopa was a character. Near the end of the 58 (near the 101) there is the 279 north. This is quite a different road, being a single lane varying from 1-2 lanes wide. 8 miles long. Very tortuous. I thought it was OK until I met a high-speed car coming the other way..now I would advise a fair bit of caution, though its still fun to ride briskly.
4. The best road in the entire trip I thought was the central 10 miles lengthof the 41 in the section between the 46 at the north and the 101 on the south. This was an great 10 miles of curvey road, ideal for the LT, worth the whole ride (I did it twice). If you can brave the blind crests, its a very fun road. Highly recommended.
5. Indian Valley Road (thanks Doug) was pretty lonely as well and though I over-cooked one corner from being too tired (cut short the riding not long after and hit the 101 home), its a pretty good road for something so close to home.
Overall, I thought it was a great intro to the area and really, who could ask for more on a relatively easy ride, close to two huge population centers. Thanks everyone.
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....
"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam