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Old 08-03-09, 11:46 AM   #1
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from the east bay to sacramento

Hey there,

Has anyone ever rode from the east bay to Sacramento, or nearby. I am supposed to be in Sacramento this weekend, so I thought I might try to ride a lot of the way before I have my family pick me up. But is there a good route to take -- perhaps not -- but if you know of a route or combination of a couple routes, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

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Old 08-04-09, 10:34 AM   #2
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It has been a long time since I have done this. Getting across one of the bridges is now much easier. From the I80 corridor, the Carquinez bridge makes most sense. You can roughly follow 80 on county roads to Davis and then take the bike path along the north side of the Yolo causeway from Davis to Sacto.

There are also the river routes that follow 160 and/or 84. You need to cross the Antioch Bridge or come accross the 12 corridor to Rio Vista.

Depending on your time allowance, you might consider having your family ferry you to a departure point north of the Bay Area. (Cordelia for the 80 corridor, Brannon Island State Park for the river routes.)

I would suggest that you spend some time on mapmyride.com looking at possible routes.

All of the normal water, tubes, food, tools recommendations apply. Let us know how it goes, if you decide to give it a shot..

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Old 08-04-09, 03:41 PM   #3
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I've done Martinez to Old Town, via the Hwy 12 bridge in Antioch. Que sheet looks like this:

START Martinez AMTRAK

FROM
TOTAL LAST
0 0 South - Castro St. from AMTRAK parking lot
- L - Ward St.
- R- Court St. - becomes Pine St.
0.8 0.8 L - Pine at Jones, jog right, becomes Pacheco
0.8 continue south on Pacheco
5.1 4.3 L - Blum (just north of Hwy 4 overpass)
5.4 0.3 R -Imhoff, becomes Arnold Industrial Hwy; continue east
9.0 3.6 R- Port Chicago Hwy
9.0 Enter Hwy 4 East and continue on Hwy 4 East
10.8 1.8 Exit Willow Pass Rd.
10.8 L - Willow Pass Rd. at bottom of ramp.
10.9 0.1 R -Evora
13.0 2.1 L - Willow Pass Rd., continue east
17.5 4.5 Take Railroad St. overpass north
17.6 0.1 R - Central Ave.
17.8 0.2 R- Solari becomes E. 14th St. becomes Pitts-Ant. Hwy, continue east
20.9 3.1 L- at "tee", A St., Antioch
20.9 - Immediate R on 9th St. becomes Wilbur, continue east
23.9 3.0 Enter Hwy 160 toward Sacramento
31.9 8.0 Brannan Island Rec. Area, Rest Stop
39.9 8.0 pass through town of Isleton
41.4 1.5 L - cross bridge and continue on 160 on west bank
51.4 10.0 town of Walnut Grove, Rest Stop
58.4 7.0 R - cross bridge and continue on 160 on east bank
59.4 1.0 town of Courtland
63.9 4.5 town of Hood
71.9 8.0 L - cross Freeport Bridge
71.9 - R - South River Rd. (E9)
78.9 7.0 River Rd. turns into Gregory and drops off levee
79.9 1.0 R - Jefferson
83.3 3.4 R - 15th St., West Sacramento
83.4 0.1 L - South River Rd.
83.6 0.3 So. River Rd. jogs right and circles around east side of Raley Field
83.9 0.5 R - Capitol Ave., cross river on Tower Bridge
84.0 0.1 L- Cross Capitol Ave. at east end of bridge and enter Old Sac.
84.0 - continue north on Front St.
84.1 0.1 R - L St.
84.2 0.1 L - 2nd St.
84.5 0.3 2nd and I St., enter bus parking lot under freeway.
84.6 0.1 AMTRAK Station is on your right through the bus parking lot
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Old 08-04-09, 09:31 PM   #4
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some more questions

Thanks for your help guys

Bigbossman
The proposed route looks interesting but I have some questions.
The ride along river road seems rather pleasant (is there much traffic there -- since it doesn't look like there is much of a shoulder.

My real concern is getting there: following the directions you listed, I'm confused about how you get over the river/bay on highway 160. I'm pretty sure that's a freeway. Likewise, the directions lead you onto highway 4, but this also appears to be a freeway -- is there an alternate route you take?

You mentioned highway 12, but that doesn't appear on the directions you gave me. Am I missing something?

Thanks for you help.
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I've done Martinez to Old Town, via the Hwy 12 bridge in Antioch.
You are the BigBossMan! I cross the Antioch Bridge regularly, in a car. I always look longingly at the narrow shoulder, referred to as a bike lane. You have crossed it. My hats off to you! How was it?

When I did my rides I got a lift to Brannon Island State Park. The ride up 160 has lovely scenery and the small river towns respites for food and water. Maybe my cohones will spontaneously enlarge and I will give it a try!

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I've ridden from the East Bay to Sacramento at least 4 times. You didn't say where in the East Bay you're starting so I start in Orinda. I hate riding over bridges but I have no problem riding over the Al Zampa bridge. The Antioch bridge gives me nightmares just looking at it and I would not be able to ride over it.

Here's the basic route. Once you get to Georgia St in Vallejo, you are on the Adventure Cycling Western Express route, so you can be sure this route is reasonably bike-friendly has been ridden by many. If you go this way, you should plot it out on a map first to make sure I didn't leave out a street or reverse a left/right.

Start in Orinda and take San Pablo Dam Rd towards Richmond
Right on Castro Ranch
Left on Pinole Valley
Right on San Pablo
Left on Parker
Right on San Pablo
Cross Al Zampa Bridge
Left on Sonoma
Right on Magazine
Left on Laurel
Continue on Steffan
Right on Georgia (you are now on the ACA Western Express)
Left on Columbus
Right on Lake Herman
Left on Lopes
Right on Cordelia
Left on Pittman
Continue over freeway on Suisun Valley
Bear Right on Ledgewood
Right on Mankas Corner
Left on Mankas Corner
Continue on Waterman
Left on Hillborn
Left on Lyon
Left on Cherry Glen
Left on Pleasants Valley
Right on Putah Creek
Left on Stevenson Bridge Rd
Right on on Davis bike path next to Russell
Right on A
Left on 3rd
Right on L
Left on 2nd
Right on Mace
At top of overpass turn left onto bike path
Continue on CR 32A
on left enter Yolo Causeway bike path
Cross Yolo Causeway
At end of bike path turn left on West Capitol
Cross Tower Bridge
You are now in Sacramento
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My real concern is getting there: following the directions you listed, I'm confused about how you get over the river/bay on highway 160. I'm pretty sure that's a freeway. Likewise, the directions lead you onto highway 4, but this also appears to be a freeway -- is there an alternate route you take?
Both the bridge and that section of the HWY. 4 freeway are legal (and reasonably safe) for bicycles to use the shoulder. But there is no physical separation from the motor vehicle traffic and the Antioch Bridge can be intimidating for some cyclists. It's a decent climb with fast moving traffic quite close. Great views from the top though. The Carquinez I-80 (Zampa) bridge to Vallejo has a nice separated bike/ped path and the Martinex - Benicia (I-680) bridge is getting one shortly (finishing touches being done now with the official opening 8/29).
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Both the bridge and that section of the HWY. 4 freeway are legal (and reasonably safe) for bicycles to use the shoulder. But there is no physical separation from the motor vehicle traffic and the Antioch Bridge can be intimidating for some cyclists. It's a decent climb with fast moving traffic quite close. Great views from the top though. The Carquinez I-80 (Zampa) bridge to Vallejo has a nice separated bike/ped path and the Martinex - Benicia (I-680) bridge is getting one shortly (finishing touches being done now with the official opening 8/29).
Yes - you have to get on Hwy 4 for a little bit - on at Port Chicago, off at Willow Pass. Legal, wide shoulders, and pretty quick. The bridge from Antioch to the other side looks intimidating, but isn't in reality. The crosswind at the top can be interesting, but it is a gentle climb and a shallow descent, and the lane is wider than it looks.

There are a lot of variations for taking or paralleling 160 though the Delta, and I've ridden out there several times without issue. The narrowest bit is coming into and going out of Isleton, but that isn't too bad. Lots of little towns for water and food.

The idea is to start at the Martinez Amtrak, ride with the wind to old Town, have lunch, and take the train back. It's a fun ride.
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Well thank you all for your help. I'm very excited about my ride tomorrow. Since I'm starting in Berkeley and I am afraid of the bridge from Antioch, I think I'm going to go over the Al Zampa bridge. This seems like a nice route, with some good farm scenery. (ztmlgr can you confirm? Pleasant Valley road seems very pleasant)

I'm sad I won't be going along 160/River Road, this seemed like a really nice route. But it will give another route to look forward to.

Thanks again for all your help.
I'll post a ride report on Saturday.
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Well thank you all for your help. I'm very excited about my ride tomorrow. Since I'm starting in Berkeley and I am afraid of the bridge from Antioch, I think I'm going to go over the Al Zampa bridge. This seems like a nice route, with some good farm scenery. (ztmlgr can you confirm? Pleasant Valley road seems very pleasant)

I'm sad I won't be going along 160/River Road, this seemed like a really nice route. But it will give another route to look forward to.

Thanks again for all your help.
I'll post a ride report on Saturday.
jw

It's a very nice stretch of road. Enjoy the ride!
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The Antioch Bridge really isn't so bad. We've been over it several times on our tandem. 160 is a nice road, with lots of bird watching opportunities.

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(ztmlgr can you confirm? Pleasant Valley road seems very pleasant)
That's PleasantS Valley Rd, plural on the "pleasant". And yes, it is pleasant. Here's a shot.



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Going to visit family in Orinda, wife & kids are driving but I decided to make a nice solo ride out of it so I will be doing the Sacramento to Orinda direction over the Carquinez. My route is pretty similar to that posted by ztmlgr's (in reverse of course) except adding a few miles since I am starting in Folsom. Perhaps we will cross paths on the way. I will be on a blue Giant with a red jersey. Enjoy.
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