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Old 01-31-09, 10:57 PM   #1
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Wife suggests a trip to Half Moon Bay. Says I can take my bike. Should I say yes?

We'd go in April.

Any nice rides around there?
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Tunitas Creek Road is right down the street. That is part of the Tour of California route.
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There are also some paths along the coast. And of course you can always just ride along the hwy and enjoy the amazing views. The weather should be pretty good. Bring your bike and enjoy it!
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A nice 50 mile route would be to take Hwy 1 out to Tunitas Creek, climb that, descend Kings Mountain, take 84 to the coast, and cut across Stage Road back onto Hwy 1. About 5200 feet of climbing (or ~52 miles and 5400 feet if you take a "shortcut" up Old La Honda).
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Heck yeah! You name it, it's here.

- Long flat ride? Go along the ocean for 45 miles without a stop sign or light down to Santa Cruz.
- Hills, you want hills? Just pick 'em. It's about 2500 ft. to Skyline Drive. A number of routes to take up to there.
- Quiet country roads with no cars? Moooooo, baaaaaaa, quack quack. Lots of scenic, quiet farm roads like Stage, Verde, Lobitos Creek, and others.
- Redwood trees? Got 'em.

Yup, nice riding here. Weather is incredibly nice in April. Let me know when you come. I'll ride with you.

Oh, btw, I live there.
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A nice 50 mile route would be to take Hwy 1 out to Tunitas Creek, climb that, descend Kings Mountain, take 84 to the coast, and cut across Stage Road back onto Hwy 1. About 5200 feet of climbing (or ~52 miles and 5400 feet if you take a "shortcut" up Old La Honda).
Don't forget the loop out to Pescadero (Pescadero Road to Stage Road). If your time is limited, I would rather do that than Kings Mountain.

I think the SF peninsula coast (roughly Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz, from the coast up to Hwy 35) is the best bicycling area in the whole Bay Area. Every road is great for bicycling, except for Hwy 92 and Hwy 17 and maybe uphill Hwy 84. If you don't have time to explore them all, the must-do roads are Tunitas Creek Road, Pescadero Road, Alpine Road, and Stage Road.

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I recommend this route. Data courtesy of Klimb. The turn-by-turn directions are a little funky, so plot the route on a map to verify. You can buy food at Skylonda, Pescadero, or San Gregorio. There are also a water fountains and toilets at a couple of public parks on Pescadero Road.

Start at CA Hwy 1 & CA Hwy 92
proceed on CA Hwy 1
and go 4.5 miles, climbing 110' and descending 20'
to CA Hwy 1 & Purisima Creek Rd (140').
Go straight on CA Hwy 1
and go 1.9 miles, climbing 80' and descending 50'
to Lobitos (170').
Turn left onto Lobitos Creek Rd
and go 4 miles, climbing 620' and descending 300'
to Tunitas Creek Rd & Lobitos Creek Rd (490').
Turn left onto Tunitas Creek Rd
and go 4.5 miles, climbing 1,410'
to Starr Hill Rd & Tunitas Creek Rd (1,900').
Go straight on Tunitas Creek Rd
and go 1.3 miles, climbing 160'
to Skyline Blvd (CA Hwy 35) & Kings Mountain Rd (2,060').
Turn right onto Skyline Blvd
and go 0.7 miles, climbing 210'
to Skyline Blvd (CA Hwy 35) & Swett Rd (2,270').
Turn left onto Skyline Blvd
and go 2.2 miles, climbing 140' and descending 260'
to Skyline Blvd (CA Hwy 35) & Bear Gulch Rd (west) (2,150').
Turn right onto Skyline Blvd
and go 2.6 miles, climbing 60' and descending 750'
to CA Hwy 84 & Sklyline Blvd (1,460').
Go straight on Skyline Blvd
and go 1.6 miles, climbing 300' and descending 60'
to Skyline Blvd (CA Hwy 35) & Old La Honda Rd (1,700').
Go straight on Skyline Blvd
and go 5.8 miles, climbing 680' and descending 180'
to Skyline Blvd (CA Hwy 35) & Page Mill Rd (2,250').
Turn right onto Alpine Rd
and go 3.4 miles, climbing 150' and descending 810'
to Alpine Rd & Portola State Park Rd (1,590').
Turn right onto Alpine Rd
and go 3.9 miles, climbing 20' and descending 1,160'
to Alpine Rd & Pescadero Rd (450').
Turn left onto Pescadero Rd
and go 4.4 miles, climbing 600' and descending 810'
to Memorial Park (240').
Turn right onto Pescadero Rd
and go 5.9 miles, climbing 60' and descending 250'
to Pescadero Rd & Butano Cutoff (50').
Go straight on Pescadero Rd
and go 1.4 miles, descending 20'
to Stage Rd & Pescadero Rd (30').
Turn right onto Stage Rd
and go 7.4 miles, climbing 700' and descending 670'
to CA Hwy 84 & Stage Rd (60').
Turn left onto Stage Rd
and go 2.7 miles, climbing 410' and descending 360'
to CA Hwy 1 & Tunitas Creek Rd (110').
Turn left onto CA Hwy 1
and go 1.7 miles, climbing 100' and descending 40'
to Lobitos (170').
Go straight on CA Hwy 1
and go 1.9 miles, climbing 50' and descending 80'
to CA Hwy 1 & Purisima Creek Rd (140').
Turn right onto Purisima Creek Rd
and go 3.9 miles, climbing 280' and descending 20'
to Purisima Creek Rd & Higgins-Purisima Rd (400').
Turn left onto Purisima Creek Rd
and go 5.7 miles, climbing 340' and descending 690'
ending at CA Hwy 1 & CA Hwy 92 (50').
For a total of 71.4 mi, 6,480 ft climbing and 6,530 ft descending.


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Old 02-01-09, 10:25 PM   #8
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While I can't imagine asking or waiting for a wife for permission to bring a bike, let's just say the riding around here is way better than Davis. Unless you prefer flattish riding into the wind....
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