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Old 10-09-13, 06:17 PM
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Is Hwy 152 Bicycle friendly? Santa Nella over The Pacheco Pass

I am planning a ride to Monterey, CA and the route takes me through Santa Nella, the only route is hey 152... going to be a total of 178 miles from where i am starting... just not sure about that section of road. I have driven it hundreds of time but never paid attention to see if it was rideable... thanks for any input...
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Old 10-09-13, 10:03 PM
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I've seen bikes on 152, but it seems treacherous to me. I've heard that Billy Wright Rd is an alternative, but has no services.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3505171

81 miles/5500'

FWIW, 152/156 is about 6 miles shorter and climbs about 1200' less.
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I've never ridden 152, but I have driven it. IIRC, the shoulder is fairly wide, but the traffic is heavy, fast, and loud, almost like riding next to a freeway. I'd call it 'bike-possible', not 'bike-friendly'. You would definitely not be taking the lane on the descent, unless you want to be a hood ornament on an 18-wheeler.
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I've never ridden 152, but I have driven it. IIRC, the shoulder is fairly wide, but the traffic is heavy, fast, and loud, almost like riding next to a freeway. I'd call it 'bike-possible', not 'bike-friendly'.
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Used to drive it a couple of times a week and I would never do it on a bike. You said you have driven it a lot too, so you know the winds make it treacherous. It would cause a lot of difficulty just keeping your bike upright and on the shoulder. Plus, I have seen big rigs blown sideways onto the shoulder many times. This is not a road you want to ride on.
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I have never biked east of San Juan Bautista, so I can't help much.

Oh hup's route, the Salinas Hwy/San Juan Grade is awful in San Bernadino county side, but that would be the uphill portion. The descent is in Monterey County, which is much better paved. I personally hate Reservation Road going by Fort Ord since at points it is 2 lanes with no shoulder (unless 4 inches is sufficient for you), but there are very few cars. I would try to cut over to the ocean sooner up north. Don't know how, let me think about it. Going down Hwy 68 is not a problem since it is 1-lane with a large shoulder, although you cannot take Hwy 68 all the way from Salinas.

EDIT: Another way to the Monterey MUP from San Juan grade is to Boronda Rd -> San Juan Rd -> 183 North -> Cooper Rd -> Nashua Rd -> MUP. I'll try to map it out. Some back tracking involved, but you hit the path sooner.

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Don't know where you are starting from, but another option is to use Panoche Rd (L1). westbound out of Firebaugh. It hooks up with 25, which will take you into Hollister. Google Panoche Rd. Firebaugh, CA.I used Panoche Rd several times when the Pacheco Pass was closed due to accidents. Panoche has very few cars on it. You need to be self-sufficient of you are going this way. Blossom Hill Winery is at the intersection of Panoche Rd and 25. You can get water there. I-5 to Tres Pinos is about 60 miles.
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Thanks for all the replies... Will be looking at the alternatives. Don't really feel like being a hood ornament.
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Let us know how it goes!
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Thanks for all the replies... Will be looking at the alternatives. Don't really feel like being a hood ornament.
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Yes, let us know how it goes. Be careful if your route takes you over Castroville Blvd in Castroville. Do not get on 156. Walk over the train tracks below, but don't get on that tiny portion of 156. Let me know if you need clarification (hard to map since mapping sites will not take you over the road I am suggesting).
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