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Old 04-30-2007, 09:47 AM   #1
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SF to Eureka road advice

Got my kitchen pass for this weekend and am riding up to see an old buddy up in Eureka. Anyone have any suggestions? Any roads to avoid?

Right now the plan is to leave Friday afternoon, stay somewhere in between, and get in Eureka on Saturday late morning. Will take the more direct route on the way home Sunday.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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stay on 101, take the old redwood highway through humboldt redwoods.. or even 128 to the coast, through fort brag, then up and in to 101.

299 is nice for the ride back, but would put you on i5..

things to watch for, rains and floods. check the weather,... it rains a lot up there... should be past that season. hold your breath around scotia.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:20 AM   #3
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If the weather is good I'd take Hwy 1 all the way, maybe stay in Gualala or Ft. Bragg Friday night

It's abalone season so make motel reservations early
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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Yeah, HWY 1 all the way up!!

Stay in Gualala as suggested and get drunk in the evening at the Hotel bar!
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:29 AM   #5
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101 n to leggit, take the ave. of the giants.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:36 AM   #6
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This is what you want to do. Go up to Red Bluff on I-5 and stay there the night. Rooms are cheap to. First thing in the morning jump on Hwy 36 for a 130 miles of pure twisties fun. Best road in Ca. IMHO. That lets you out at Fortuna and Eureka is only 30 miles away if that. On you way home take the Coast route the wind will be in your back. Only bummer of the trip will be the Slap to Red Bluff.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:49 AM   #7
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Hwy-1 All The Way!

If the coast is clear it's tough to beat simply staying on Hwy-1 for an awesome ride all the way to Eureka.

If the coast is all fogged in and cold then there are some fun inland roads.
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Old 04-30-2007, 12:38 PM   #8
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Go up to Red Bluff on I-5 and stay there the night. Rooms are cheap to. First thing in the morning jump on Hwy 36 for a 130 miles of pure twisties fun. Best road in Ca. IMHO. That lets you out at Fortuna and Eureka is only 30 miles away if that. On you way home take the Coast route the wind will be in your back.
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This is what you want to do. Go up to Red Bluff on I-5 and stay there the night. Rooms are cheap to. First thing in the morning jump on Hwy 36 for a 130 miles of pure twisties fun. Best road in Ca. IMHO. That lets you out at Fortuna and Eureka is only 30 miles away if that. On you way home take the Coast route the wind will be in your back. Only bummer of the trip will be the Slap to Red Bluff.
I've actually been thinking the opposite route (coast Friday and Sturday, then 36 back on Sunday. Also looks like I'll run into a little to a good amount of rain on Friday & Saturday, so I'll probably wait to decide.

Thanks for the heads up on Abalone season. I'll make sure I have reservations if I decide to ride up the coast.
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The weather has been great up here for the last 10 days. I just rode a good portion of 36 yesterday, and the road is perfect. We have had morning fog along the coast, so the 5 to 36 to Fortuna might be the way to come up. But if you do that, you must definitely take the coast back, which means 101 to Leggit (HWY1) to the coast, and then south to your destination.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:22 PM   #11
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Hwy 1 as far as you can go, and then 101.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for the help. This looks like the plan. Would have liked to avoid I5 entirely, but I won't be able to leave until after lunch on Friday. Yahoo's new maps kick ass.

Friday (262 - 5:00)
http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&q3=red%....179046&mag=10

Saturday (167 - 4:13)
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Sunday (358 - 8:45)
http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&q5=9512...39.0917&mag=11
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:49 PM   #13
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That is an excellent route, if you keep your plan and nothing changes with my planned two-day trip, wave when you meet a red viffer on hwy36 Saturday.

If you have time going home, check out 128, 253 and 20 as possible alternatives switching between hwy1 and 101. Hwy1 is great from Leggett to Fort Bragg, but the rest doesn't rate as highly compared to the many other gems up there. However, if it's a hot day going along the coast has its obvious benefits.
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Old 05-12-2007, 05:06 PM   #14
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Had an awesome ride...about 800 miles round trip, excellent roads and perfect weather. I even stopped to take a few pix. None of this does justice to the scenery though.

Here is the beginning of HW 36 at Red Bluff

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Old 05-12-2007, 05:12 PM   #15
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Beautiful view midway through HW 36. About the only stop I made between Red Bluff and Eureka.

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