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Old 08-29-2020, 05:40 PM   #1
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Road riding conditions on 9&35 in Santa Cruz Mtns

Hey all, I was gonna take a ride in the Santa Cruz mtns now that the smoke is clearing out.

I was thinking of taking the 9 to Santa Cruz or maybe the 35 to La Honda, but Google Maps shows La Honda may be closed west of Skyline.

Anyone have any tips on riding back there? Roads pretty clear or debris? In the areas near where the fires were, would you recommend a filter mask for particulates?

Thanks in advance, I'm stoked to ride tomorrow, just got new tires. ��

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Old 08-29-2020, 05:49 PM   #2
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The fires aren't out yet, and residents are just being allowed back in. Even if roads are open, its be a good time to ride somewhere else. IMO

Hwy 25 maybe.
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Old 08-29-2020, 05:56 PM   #3
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The fires aren't out yet, and residents are just being allowed back in. Even if roads are open, its be a good time to ride somewhere else. IMO
Oh thanks I didn't realize that. Yeah that's a good idea I'll head elsewhere.
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Old 08-29-2020, 09:46 PM   #4
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According to Apple Maps most of Hwy 9 and a lot of Skyline and Mt Hamilton we’re closed as of Sat AM
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:01 AM   #5
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Huh -- Google & Waze only show the 9 being closed on the Santa Cruz side just after Skyline, but that's it. I just opened the Apple and yeah just like you said they have Skyline & La Honda closed. Huh, usually the Goog is more up to date but I guess I'll just take a cruise down Uvas or something else today.
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Old 08-30-2020, 01:59 PM   #6
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Front of 9 is open, 35 is open, 84 is open (at least to La Honda).
Backside of 9 is closed at 35. Pescadero westbound is closed at Loma Mar.

Still tons of smoke on the backside of the hill (84 and Pescadero).


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Now lets talk about your use of "the" before highway names.
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Good resource is this CalTrans map, turn on full closures from the QuickMap options.

I rode 84 up from Woodside on Wednesday (8/26) and it was closed from Alice's towards 1, 35 was also closed heading towards 9. Friday (8/28) both 84 and 35 were open.

Be super careful of wildlife! I had multiple encounters of deer running across the road.
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Now lets talk about your use of "the" before highway names.
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Good resource is this CalTrans map, turn on full closures from the QuickMap options.

I rode 84 up from Woodside on Wednesday (8/26) and it was closed from Alice's towards 1, 35 was also closed heading towards 9. Friday (8/28) both 84 and 35 were open.

Be super careful of wildlife! I had multiple encounters of deer running across the road.
I had a flock of turkeys crossing the road in front of me on 35.
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Those roads are closed. The CZU Fire is not even 50% contained and they are trying to keep people out to keep houses safe. Enter an evacuated area is against the law and they will put you in jail if you have no business there.
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Those roads are closed. The CZU Fire is not even 50% contained and they are trying to keep people out to keep houses safe. Enter an evacuated area is against the law and they will put you in jail if you have no business there.
Experiencing the very real threat of fire and evacuation certainly changes ones perspective on motorcycle riding, doesn't it? Suddenly it drops to the bottom of the list of 'essential' activities. Makes me realize how easy we normally have it that we can devote such time, money, and thought to our sport.
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Experiencing the very real threat of fire and evacuation certainly changes ones perspective on motorcycle riding, doesn't it? Suddenly it drops to the bottom of the list of 'essential' activities. Makes me realize how easy we normally have it that we can devote such time, money, and thought to our sport.
Well...for me, bikes are still my transportation and still “essentials” (by choice, I must say). In fact, I don’t have a car but occasionally I use my wife’s. In my home country and in many other parts of the worlds, motorcycles are the cheapest way to afford a vehicle.
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Happy to see it looks like 4-corners and Alice’s are undamaged. Was hoping to ride up that way but do NOT want to trip up the CalFire folks - sounds like 84 / Kings / Tunitas might still be clear and not disruptive to any of the locals.
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PSA: Proper reference to highways in Northern California

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...the 9 to Santa Cruz or maybe the 35 to La Honda...
Exxxxscuuuuuse me, but here in the Northern California, highways are simply refered to by their number. No precedent "the". So your quote would properly be "...9 to Santa Cruz or maybe 36 to La Honda..."

Thank you for your attention.
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