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Old 02-10-09, 12:54 PM   #1
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Talk me out of it! (Driving to Sacramento.)

I'm thinking about driving to Sacramento to see you-know-what this Saturday. Almost 12 hours, 750 miles, and all that in my Jeep Wrangler. Cheapest airfare to Sacramento is about $450 so that isn't worth it. I wouldn't bother driving 12 hours to pick a spot by the side of the road and watch the peloton go by me in 30 seconds flat. But Saturday's stage is the prolog timetrail. Start and finish are close by, and the entire course winds around downtown Sacramento. That's worth watching no? Here's the route. Am I crazy or should I go for it?

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Old 02-10-09, 02:00 PM   #2
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I found an Alaska Air round trip price for $209. Alaska flight 372 departing Fri, Alaska flight 367 returning Sun. Looks like Delta may have some deals as well. I like to use mobissimo.com for initial flight searching, then book directly through the airline website.
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Old 02-10-09, 02:42 PM   #3
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I watched most the 1984 Olympic road race in the LA area, at a steep climb on the course. It was kinda cool with the crowds and all, but I had to leave. We watched the last 30 minutes of the Mens race on TV at home...and it was great to see the race for the complete laps and see the sprint at the finish.

So...pay your money, take your choice
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Old 02-10-09, 03:07 PM   #4
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I found an Alaska Air round trip price for $209. Alaska flight 372 departing Fri, Alaska flight 367 returning Sun. Looks like Delta may have some deals as well. I like to use mobissimo.com for initial flight searching, then book directly through the airline website.

That's $209 each way. Their site is misleading. With taxes and fees it comes to about $450 roundtrip.

San Fran roundtrip is only $200. But I'd have to rent a car and drive 90 miles each way to Sacramento.
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I went down from Eugene last year for 4 stages, it's much more than the racing, it's a huge party. If you can swing it go to Santa Rosa for the stage there, it was the most fun last year for me, plus there is great riding in the area in the morning before the race activity starts. The race in Sacramento takes over the Capitol area of downtown, it will be a fun time, and should be excellent racing if it isn't raining.

I'd say go for it, it's a great time!

It can be a PITA but check Amtrak. But driving allows you to take your bike if you'll have time to ride.
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Stay overnight in Grants Pass, or just on the south side of the OR/CA boarder. I personally could never do that drive in one day (and I've driven it a lot). I have friends who have driven to Redding in one day, but never as far south as Sacramento. It's a long, boring drive.
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Can't talk you out of it - because I'd love to go down and watch. Just can't swing it.
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Stay overnight in Grants Pass, or just on the south side of the OR/CA boarder. I personally could never do that drive in one day (and I've driven it a lot). I have friends who have driven to Redding in one day, but never as far south as Sacramento. It's a long, boring drive.
I have made that drive several times. My parents live just outside of Sac. It does take about 12 hours. The worst part is that we always start when I get off work [13 hour shift]. Late night driving is the best because no one is on the road so you can keep no less than the posted speed limit.
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do it and take lots of pics to share, i would if i could
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Old 02-11-09, 01:25 PM   #10
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Train?

I know Amtrak to Emeryville is about $100 each way. That'd be cheaper than flying.
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Calculate the pounds of carbon you will be putting in the air and take Amtrak.
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Don't even think about Amtrak, the Coast Starlight is almost NEVER running on time. It will take you 20 hours of travel to get there.
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Thanks all. I've looked at Amtrak. It takes almost 21 hours to get to Sacramento per schedule. I'd need to leave here at 9 AM on Friday morning to arrive at 6 AM Saturday. And if the train is more than 6-7 hours late I'd miss the race.

I'm driving. Already reserved a room for Friday and Saturday evening. I'll take lots of pictures!
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Stay overnight in Grants Pass, or just on the south side of the OR/CA boarder. I personally could never do that drive in one day (and I've driven it a lot). I have friends who have driven to Redding in one day, but never as far south as Sacramento. It's a long, boring drive.
I do Seattle <-> San Jose a lot (840mi). I wouldn't even consider stopping for the night on that trip. Turning a 1 day trip into a 2 day trip just makes it seem that much longer.

Be warned, there will be plenty of rain which will make standing outside somewhat less pleasant.
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Old 02-12-09, 07:27 PM   #15
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I live outside of Sac about 16 miles. Our local weather guy just said Friday night's storm will drop snow down to about 2000'. If may be hitting some pretty foul weather from Ashland to Redding. Might want to back up your plan with an option to stay in Ashland and come over the hill on Saturday morning if the road is bad.
The good news is that they are forecasting a break in the weather on Saturday from about 10-3. Then another storm comes in - with a lot of wind.
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Update as of 18:24. The weather system coming in on Friday is the same as the previous post. You will have trouble getting over the hill from Ashland to Redding. The Sunday storm is now forecast to pack more punch with strong winds and cold temps. The snow level will be up around 4000'. I think you will be in for two VERY long drives if you attempt the journey. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you can watch it on Versus and not spend 30-40 hours round trip.

We were going to ride our tandem down to watch the prologue, but now, I think we will take rapid transit. This sucks.
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Old 02-12-09, 11:14 PM   #17
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Damn. Thanks. I'm looking at the storm now. Big ******* coming in off the coast NW of Sac right NOW. I planned to leave here early Friday morning. I wouldn't hit CA until Friday afternoon. Your channel13 7 day forecast on their Web site is partly cloudy with a chance of rain. That's what I went by.
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I drove bellingahm to san diego,2 weeks ago, then flew back. it cost me 68+ plus all those bs taxes to fly san diego to bham. Nice drive though.
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Rain started this morning about 02:00 and stopped around 09:00. It was a strong rain for us (but probably just a light mist for you guys). Expected to start again. Here is the weather guys forecast - "Morning rain will give way to showers through a good portion of the day. Cold air will keep snow levels down to those areas that have been seeing snow (1500'). Through the late afternoon we will see another wave of rain and an increased chance for thunderstorms. Occasional showers will continue through the night and into Saturday. Another stronger storm will move through Saturday evening and into Sunday. Expect stronger winds with periods of moderate to heavy rain that will last through Sunday. Snow level should actually rise a little with this second storm. Your friendly neighborhood meteorologist, DIRK VERDOORN".

KCRA is probably the best and most accurate. Here is the link, click on any of the boxes to see what is going on.
http://www.kcra.com/weather/grid.html
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Tourmalet: I'm curious if you made the drive?! I would have done the same but I'm glad I didn't now that I've seen the the past 2 stages. Wow! They really got our weather which I'm not complaining since we got their nice weather in return. I was able to ride the whole weekend with some really nice days.
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Old 02-17-09, 02:17 PM   #21
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I never cease to be amazed at all of you riders in the PNW. You can ride in the worst conditions (by our standards) and have a smile on your face. I'm a wuss if there is a chance of rain. I guess the tables turn when we ride in 90+ degrees and feel fine, but I am humbled by the conditions you consistently have to ride in.

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