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Beautiful Hwy 1 roads...

Old 12-26-04, 09:38 PM
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Beautiful Hwy 1 roads...

Took a quick 30mile ride in central coastal California Christmas morning, staying with family at a coastal rental.

From Cambria to Cayucos. I would highly suggest to anyone interested in cycling California Coasts to try Hwy 1 in this area...huge 8ft shoulders, nice road conditions, quaint towns, and awesome Pacific Coast scenery. Too bad I forgot the cam...

Four * in my book...much nicer than the North Coast Hwy 1 in my area of Sonoma.
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So where are some good rides around Sonoma?
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Here is one of my favorites...usually with perks like good oysters, company, and a pub or 2...plus views.

1. Petaluma to Marshall 23Mi one way. Start in Petaluma, CA...head NW on Bodega Ave, slight climb thru cow country, turn left on Tomales Road past the USCG Training Center...keep going to the cute town of Tomales(the Diekmans General Store, and the bakery/cafe across the street are really nice, additionally you can head West from Tomales on Dillon Beach Rd. to the Town of Dillon, which is a dead end, but has a nice beach and "Elephant" rock formations on the way). Take a left on Hwy 1 to head South to Marshall, nice coastal windy roads...not much shoulder, but the roads are in ok condition...great scenery, and MAKE SURE to stop at the Marshall General Store for some of Cathy's BBQ Oysters and atmosphere...it's the funkiest, most wonderful place in the North Bay!
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We'll try that route out next time we're in Santa Rosa visiting family! Hopefully we'll also have our bikes! Thanks for the route tip Lufty!
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Visit srcc.com for Sonoma county rides. My favorite is Coleman Valley to the coast, back over bay hill road... Check the ride list for details. It also depends on how many miles and how much climbing you like. There are difficult rides like Skaggs Springs, the Geysers and the short but steep Sweetwater springs. One reason I still live in Sonoma County is the rides... it's getting quite crowded though. Not like it was 20 years ago.
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I use to live in Santa Barbara and took the Amtrak many times to San Francisco and ride back via the 1; it's a spectacular 3 to 4 day ride (depending on if your sight seeing or just riding to get back as fast as you can). It's a ride that everyone who lives around that region ought to do, you'll never regret it, in fact you'll regret not doing it someday!!
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen
So where are some good rides around Sonoma?
I was actually about to search around about the roads around Sonoma.
I'm thinking of going on a short break there... wondering if I could get some rides in.

Is Sonoma good for riding? Preferably on roads outside of town... low traffic roads.
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Anyone interested in a Sonoma County ride with company...feel free to PM me!

The city of Sonoma...haven't ridden out that way yet. I tend to keep to the West side of the county, less traffic.
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Been there done that..Great ride..Had a good time...BUt, the wide shoulder narrows down to nothing when you are in the actual 'Big Sur' area.
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Thats a nice ride for the central coast area but a nice turn inland from Cambria/Cayucos to Paso Robles or Templeton will get you into the hills and away from the traffic. If Hwy 1 was 4* then these others are 5* on a scale of 1-5. Try it out next time on Old Creek Rd. from Cayucos or Santa Rosa Creek Rd. from Cambria...killer climbing, wildlife, and little traffic.
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Originally Posted by Lufty
Here is one of my favorites...usually with perks like good oysters, company, and a pub or 2...plus views.

1. Petaluma to Marshall 23Mi one way. Start in Petaluma, CA...head NW on Bodega Ave, slight climb thru cow country, turn left on Tomales Road past the USCG Training Center...keep going to the cute town of Tomales(the Diekmans General Store, and the bakery/cafe across the street are really nice, additionally you can head West from Tomales on Dillon Beach Rd. to the Town of Dillon, which is a dead end, but has a nice beach and "Elephant" rock formations on the way). Take a left on Hwy 1 to head South to Marshall, nice coastal windy roads...not much shoulder, but the roads are in ok condition...great scenery, and MAKE SURE to stop at the Marshall General Store for some of Cathy's BBQ Oysters and atmosphere...it's the funkiest, most wonderful place in the North Bay!
Marshall's general store is funky.
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As a side note, there is a great site that is run by a motorcycle guy (kind of a cycling cousin). The site has a lot of California roads with descriptions and maps and a lot of links to other roads. I've used Pashnit to plan several big rides in areas away from my home base. Check out:
https://www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm
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