Originally Posted by RodT
After you leave Yosemite, get on hwy 49 and head north, it's a great ride and it conects to hwy 89 just north of Sierra City. from there head north on hwy 89 to Quincy, then Greenville. At Canyon Dam take hwy 147 to Westwood, there is a great place to eat Called The Old mill Cafe, in Westwood there is a county road A-21 that connect to Hwy 44. That turns into hwy 89 and cuts over to Interstate 5, you are only on 5 for a short distance.
Since OP is interested in small towns, etc...
I once discovered a pretty nice ride that gets rid of the I-5 segment. About half way between Burney Falls St. Park and McCloud is Harris Springs/Davis road. Take that North up to McDoel on 97..then North to Klamath
The last time I rode Harris Springs Rd.. I saw one other vehicle, and it was the guy on the bike with me.
Not a lot of traffic.