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NorCal to SoCal suggested routes?

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Bill the Cat, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Bill the Cat

    Bill the Cat Active Member

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    Hey fellas,

    In May, I'm going to SoCal for a moto tour and I have to get there a day early. The rally point is just past the grapevine. So I'm interested in members routes from SF. Routes I have in mind:

    1. Hwy 5- straight shot, lots of truck traffic, boring, but probably the most efficient.
    2. Hwy 99 - no experience with this one. Could be interesting, passes through a few towns where there could be congestion.
    3. Hwy 1 - most scenic, but longest, and takes me the farthest west (can't get much farther than the coastline). Ridden it before, but it's always different.
    4. Hwy 101-25-198-33 - this looks like a lot of country backroads.

    Any suggestions? Secret routes?

    Many thanks,

    Dave
     
  2. Georryan

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    Highway 5 is generally faster, but its only two lanes and if you get a lot of trucks and a bit of traffic it can get backed up as people are trying to get ahead of slower drivers.

    99 has been reworked and now has 3 lanes most of the way which makes it much better in terms of congestion.

    Obviously if you have time and are not traveling on a weekend, highway 1 is beautiful and a bucket list item. I plan on trying to take a trip south that way later this year. It all depends on what you want to deal with in terms of traffic and what kind of time you have on your hands. I usually take I-5, but lately have been taking 99 and its great. If time were not an issue, and it was about the trip more than the destination...I'd take highway 1, or some combo of 1 and 101.
     
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  3. SoCal RS

    SoCal RS Active Member Contributor

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    Hwy 1/101 for sure if you have the time. If short on time maybe a combination of the I-5 and Hwy 1/101, cutting across the 166 or 46.
    South of the Grapevine? Castaic?
     
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    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    The way things are going lately, weather-wise, I would stay clear of Highway 1 south of Monterey. If it was me, I would take 1 to Monterey, then pick up G16 to Carmel Valley and on to Highway 101. That will get you past the big construction project at Prunedale, which sometimes holds up traffic for an hour to two on the weekends.
     
  5. Bill the Cat

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    Thanks for the info on 99. I've never been on it. Hwy5 always cracks me up. California has some really beautiful scenery, and some really great road, and sometime the two combine. Then there is the 5, which is all of the ugly put into one road.
     
  6. Bill the Cat

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    Close to Castaic - Lebec, I believe. I'll look into the 166 and 46.

    Thanks Pat!

    Dave
     
  7. Bill the Cat

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    Thanks Richard. Yeah, I was thinking of avoiding Prunedale by 101 to 25 which takes me through Hollister and around that squeeze. Prunedale is trafficy even without construction.
     
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    Hwy 5 is a much faster and easier way to get to Lebec from NorCal. And you can do 80-85 most of the way without getting hassled by the CHP. I would take that route and save the scenic rides for the tour.
     
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    how about 395 on the east side of the state ? plus there are other routes off the main HWY's , all of the routs south depend o how FAST you need to get to you destination .:rolleyes: :cool: :)
     
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  11. SoCal RS

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    Thanks Jeff
     
  12. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Anyone that plans to tour California any time during the next year needs to be aware of this map that was in my newspaper today. Some of the best riding in the state is now gone and who knows when it will be back. :( The residents that live in the Big Sur area have to hike a half mile across a foot path around the collapsed bridge to access their side of highway. Supplies are being brought in by helicopter paid for by the residents. Talk about isolation. But the 450 residents do say it is nice an quiet now. 001.JPG
     
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