Northern California - Riding down to Laguna Seca
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06-06-12, 12:42 AM
Thinking of riding down to Laguna Seca for the Twilight Ride:
Would appreciate any comments on the route, any roads to avoid, good places to eat lunch, etc.
Starting from the Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos:
06-06-12, 11:28 AM
Sounds like an ambitious and fun idea! A couple of thoughts from a Santa Cruz perspective (it has been decades since I last rode to Monterey, but my wife and I have been riding a tandem in the Aptos/Watsonville/Prunedale/Corralitos areas quite a bit of late). I would suggest Soquel Dr. all the way to Freedom Blvd, cross Hwy 1 and take Bonito to San Andreas Rd. I didn't much like riding Hwy 1 when I rode to Monterey so I would consider turning left on Trafton to get to Salinas Rd, then Elkhorn Rd to Castroville Blvd to Castroville, then MY County Hwy G138 out to Cooper Rd and on to Marina. You can get to Laguna Seca also from Reservation Rd via the East Garrison entry and Barloy Canyon Rd--the only catch is I'm not sure about gates being open for access so you might check with either the Ft Ord land management and/or Laguna Seca folks about that (not to say you can't find a way around locked gates on a bike, but it is a potential issue). Anyway, these ideas could help keep you off Hwy 1 the entire way and Elkhorn Rd is a beautiful stretch to ride (we just rode it a couple weeks ago on the Strawberry Fields Forever ride).
Lunch? Hmm... you could ride in to Watsonville and get some amazing (small) carnitas burritos at de la Colmena market on West Lake St. Aptos St BBQ just off Soquel in old Aptos village is awesome--just follow the smoked meat smells.
Hope this gives you some additional ideas, and have fun!
06-06-12, 12:57 PM
Thanks. I made a couple of modifications based on your suggestions including hitting the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail and hitting an REI on the way.
06-09-12, 12:05 AM
You can make the ride a little bit harder and ride through Fort Ord. No cars allowed and some good hills.
06-09-12, 04:32 PM
Haha, Yup, I remember doing the circuit and the road race through Fort Ord....I think I'll pass this time. I just want to make it to the track and do enough laps to make it 100 miles even.
06-14-12, 03:46 PM
I made it. 104 miles including 7 laps around the track. It was a blast.
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