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I'm also a little unclear about where you are and therefore where you're headed to get to Ukiah. Keep in mind two things:
1. This is some of the most ecstatically perfect bicycling territory ever developed in the history of the universe. You are choosing between extra-sublime and extra-extra-sublime. The worst thing that could happen based on your worst decision will still be better than most folks' best memories of their tours elsewhere. You can do no wrong.
2. California is surprisingly urban. As in surprisingly unsuburban with respect to other states -- it's a state where people live disproportionately close together and don't ruin nearby open spaces with suburban subdivisions and shopping malls. (OK, we're good at ruining things, too -- just not as much, proportionately, as the rest of the country.) So compared to a state like Iowa or Wisconsin or Mississippi or Indiana or Texas, all of which have marvelous little overlooked, undertravelled state or county roads with almost no traffic passing through nostalgic old off-the-map communities, California has specacular little roads leading from one dense place to another that are way more travelled than you wished. It's a tradeoff -- many more pleasant, unnoticed backwaters elsewhere, lots more highly discoved spectacular vistas clogging the roads here in California.
So -- Know that you basically can't hope to find a way to have a bad time. And know that, during your whole ecstatic journey, you'll be menaced by auto traffic on narrow roads and challenged by big grades up and down.
Still, you'll love it! Just improvise and do it. Ukiah is a cool little city. Surrounded by excellent little places. Try to take your time, and don't plan ahead too much if you can help it.
Last edited by Takara; 03-30-08 at 09:14 PM.