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Cali folks,

If you had one day to ride, starting in Redding and ending up in Redding, what loop would you do?

I was thinking 36 down to the coast, then maybe coming back on 299. Looks good in Google Maps at least.

We'll be two-up; so I'd like something scenic and nice, but we won't be trying to make like Checa, and want to be able to have a nice leisurely lunch. I.e., the priority is to make it a nice day for the boss, rather than the kind of day I'd spend 1-up with the guys.

While I'm at it...lunch recommendations would be fabulous, too!
 

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36 is an awesome ride, one of the best in the country. That plus 299 wouldn't be bad, just expect more traffic on 299. ALso, very little fuel is available on 36. Another option would be a loop through the Trinity Alps - 299 to 3 and up towards Weaverville and Etna (stop in Etna at the old soda fountain, fun stuff), then on to Yreka, pick up 96 and head towards Happy Camp and down to Willow Creek, then back onto 299 to Redding.
 

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36 is an awesome ride, but it takes an awful lot of time to do it all the way to 101. It's only a hundred- thirty some-odd miles, but it takes better than half a day to do it. Then to turn around and head back "home"... Making a loop out of 36, 3, 299 is the same as 36's one-way distance and, well, it's a loop. Can't go wrong with any of those numbers, just don't get beat up by what doesn't show on a map... Time.
 

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LodiDon said:
36 is an awesome ride, but it takes an awful lot of time to do it all the way to 101. It's only a hundred- thirty some-odd miles, but it takes better than half a day to do it. Then to turn around and head back "home"... Making a loop out of 36, 3, 299 is the same as 36's one-way distance and, well, it's a loop. Can't go wrong with any of those numbers, just don't get beat up by what doesn't show on a map... Time.
Doesn't take me half a day. I do bend a few traffic laws, though. :D
 

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Thanks, guys...I had picked up on the time factor and had already started playing around with some alternatives to looping back to Redding. Was going to play with it a little then run it up the flagpole for comments. Instead, I'll just think out loud here...

I'm thinking get an early start, ride 36, then head south on 101. It turns out we don't have to be back in Redding that night, but in Sacramento by lunchtime the next day. So now I'm looking at maybe getting down to Calistoga by the end of the day. Haven't had time to look at that in depth, but at first glance looked reasonable as long as we just do a "get there" kinda ride after the 36 stretch. Thought a nice relaxing dinner and breakfast in Calistoga and a real easy next morning might be a nice break...we're covering quite a few miles on the trip and have a long day in the works for the day after the Sacramento thing.

The Boss doesn't really dig doing the twisties at any kind of speed, so I'll need to be very conservative with the scheduling for that part of the ride.
 

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If you're going to Calistoga from Sacramento, check out Highway 128. You can pick it up in Winters. It will add 30/40 minutes to the most commonly used approach to the Napa Valley, I-80 to 12 west, then, 29 to 128 north. From Sac to up valley it's about a 2 & 1/2 hr ride for me, but I just putt along.

(It pains me to write this now that I know I'm being tracked)
 
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