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Old 08-10-2020, 08:19 PM   #17
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Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Capitola
Motorcycles: Yamaha FZ1
Name: Dan
Hwy 17 is my daily commute and I've ridden it 4,000+ roundtrips. In that time I've cut people out of their seatbelts after a vehicle crossed into on coming traffic, been 5 seconds behind a fatality that closed the road at Cats (I U-turned and took 9 home), been 12 cars behind a deadly semi crash that closed 17 for 10 hours at Bear Creek (no getting out that one) and had my bike totaled by a driver who lane changed over the top of me. I love 17 and think it's a great ride -- but I'm guessing you need more saddle time.
If you decide not to wait, avoid the commute times (even now) and southbound consider exiting at Summit and take that to Old Soquel. The agro increases on the Santa Cruz side of SB 17. The return doesn't much matter. Good luck.
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