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Old 07-14-2014, 07:41 PM   #1
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Northern & Central California Route Guidance

What are the roads, sites & restaurants in your neighborhood/region that should not be missed? What is/are your favorite pass(es) across the Sierras?

I've got a tentative route loosely planned so far. Embarking tomorrow after work:

Tuesday night in Tehachapi. Then breakfast at Lake Isabella, then follow the Kern River North, and eventually veer northwest toward the western slope of the Sierras.

Wednesday night in one of the little Western Sierra slope towns between Oakhurst and Angels Camp (just down the hill from Yosemite).

Thursday night in Truckee, just North of Lake Tahoe. Then cruising in the general direction of Lassen Volcanic Park, and the spectacular hwy 36 out to the Humboldt Coast.



Friday night in Fort Bragg, near the coast. Then cruise south, stopping in San Francisco for a beer at Zeitgeist, and check out the DIY place, Moto Shop. Cruise Big Sur south from there.



Saturday night in SLO or Paso Robles (wine time!)
Get home earlyish afternoon on Sunday

Might shorten that, but that's the plan so far. Can't really grab the Gmaps route on my home craptop. Will post it tomorrow from work.

Thanks in advance for any tips or guidance.

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:47 AM   #2
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Don't have time for a long post..but roads/places to research before you go:

Ebbetts Pass over the Sierra

Yosemite Bug Hostel (Mariposa) for dinner and place to stay. Good beer/food.

Gold Lake Highway off of 89, stop and check out the lakes.

Watch for CHP on 89, especially over blind hills/curves.

Highway 70 between Quincy & Hwy 99. Follows the Feather River, beautiful. Maybe then just bomb up 99 to Red Bluff to hit 36.

Awesome longer option:

Add Lost Coast Matole Road before hitting Hwy 1 to Fort Bragg. Tiny, narrow, rough, beautiful road, blind sharp corners, cows, but worth it. Might have small sections unpaved, IIRC. No big deal.

http://www.dangerousroads.org/north-...-road-usa.html

Great small pizza place/excellent local beer at Piacis in Fort Bragg.

look up Orr Springs Road, Stewarts Point-Kings Ridge for options coming down 1.

All I got for now.

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Old 07-15-2014, 11:44 AM   #3
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From big sur continue south on hwy1 and cut across nacimiento fergusson rd. Take a right onto jolon rd to interlake, make a right and go all the way till it dead ends on nacimiento lake rd (you'll be less than 1 mile from my house). Make a right and follow that till it ends at lake rd/ chimney rock and make a left and that will take you right in to Paso Robles. There are a few little detours you can take in the chimney rick area that are awesome as well if you have an extra hour or 3.

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