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Old 10-20-11, 11:21 PM
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route help: Palo Alto to South San Jose

I will be riding from San Mateo to Morgan Hill this weekend, and could use some route help from Palo Alto to San Jose Airport.

What's a good route? I've done the ride before, and have only found roads that are either dangerous or boring or both.

I'll be carrying a bunch of stuff, so I'd prefer a relatively flat route, though it doesn't have to be perfectly flat.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-21-11, 08:45 AM
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You don't say (and I'm not going to guess) what qualifies as dangerous or boring for you, but I would suggest trying Google Maps bicycling directions. There are lots of different ways you could get there, involving varying degrees of danger, boredom and distance. Zoom in with Satellite mode or even Street View, and you can get a pretty good idea of what you're dealing with.
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Flat and straight routes are going to be boring and/or congested. Central Expressway is probably the most direct route.

The San Francisco Bay Trail is a prettier route, but somewhat longer and not all paved. You can pick up the Bay Trail near Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto then head south all the way to the San Tomas Aquino Trail in Santa Clara. Then its a short distance to the SJ airport.
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In city driving, danger and boredom are usually inversely proportional.

Take the bay route.
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Thanks. I hadn't known about the Aquino Trail; it will get me close to the Guadeloupe trail, which will get me to the Coyote trail, which is the point of the ride, really. I've ridden the Bay Trail before, though I haven't been down south on the peninsula for a year or so. As I recall, the Bay Trail mostly isn't paved between PA and Santa Clara, and though the online BayTrail map shows the trail going on the bay side of Moffat Field, as I recall, the Bay Trail wasn't actually open on the Bay side of Moffat. Has that changed? Is there a paved through route from PA to south of Moffat where I can pick up the Aquino trail? Thank you!

And I don't mind traffic; I just don't like roads like El Camino, with non-stop malls with distracted turning traffic, or very busy roads with 0 shoulder.
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Bay Trail is paved in Palo Alto (parallel to Bayshore Rd) and Mountain View (through Shoreline Park). Only the Sunnyvale part around Moffett Field is dirt. The Bay Trail is paved again in Santa Clara to where it connects to the San Tomas Aquino trail.
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Thanks for the pointers. I got off the paved Baytrail in Redwood Shores somehow, and was unable to reconnect. I ended up on Middlefield through its various name-changes for a long, long way. It wasn't exciting, but it wasn't unpleasant, except through parts of Palo Alto where there was no shoulder.

One question: There were shopping cart people and obvious painted over tagging on the northern end of the Coyote Creek trail. Have cyclists been harassed there? It's such a lovely trail, but I'm wondering whether, in the future, I should avoid cycling solo there.
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Yes, a buddy from SJBC was attacked by two thugs there under the bridge but escaped unhurt.
I normally start riding on Coyote Creek trail from Silver Creek Valley Rd. and go South.

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One question: There were shopping cart people and obvious painted over tagging on the northern end of the Coyote Creek trail. Have cyclists been harassed there? It's such a lovely trail, but I'm wondering whether, in the future, I should avoid cycling solo there.
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