Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Central Coast, California, USA
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Originally Posted by jnbrown
Still apprehensive about riding on the west side because afraid of getting buzzed by angry drivers visiting the wineries, otherwise it would be my first choice.
I realize this would be different living there you might know how to deal with it. Would rather ride on roads with some shoulder and little traffic.
The high in Paso Robles is going to be 100 so we would have start early and finish by 1pm. I was also looking at options closer to the coast like Old Creek Rd out of Cayucos but wonder if its too steep on a tandem, looks like 10% for a few miles.
You're definitely more adverse to traffic than me, though having spent 20 years in the Bay Area makes this seem like car-free paradise. I've never had issues on Vineyard, the traffic is light and considerate. Chimney Rock/Klau Mine might be a good loop for you as there are only a couple of winery's back there and the road doesn't go anywhere else. It's pretty isolated, though we have hit some traffic when people are picking up/dropping off at a Boy Scout camp back there.
I'd avoid Nacimento Drive, at least during Summer weekends, due to heavy traffic headed to the Lake.
The routes through Creston will have even less traffic, though they are more inland and will be warmer.
We've climbed Old Creek on our tandem, there's maybe a half to one mile of real granny gear work. We haven't gotton our courage up yet to take the tandem up Santa Rosa Creek yet, so if you have Old Creek should be within your ability.
Highs this weekend are supposed to barely crack 90. We've had an unsually mild Summer.
Last edited by diabloridr; 08-12-11 at 05:53 PM.