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Photos - Calaveras Road

Old 02-03-13, 10:08 AM
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Photos - Calaveras Road

Yesterday was misty and overcast, so I rode from home in Palo Alto to Pleasanton in the East Bay. Calaveras Road, featured a couple of times in the Tour of California race, was pretty enough to warrant pulling out the camera.

Mustard in bloom, Piedmont Road:



"Easy" part of Calaveras, before "the wall":



Twists in the mist:



Lone cyclist climbing the shallow grade:



The Calaveras Reservior:



A pretty ride, lots of smiling riders out there. And zero cars.
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man, that looks like a pretty sweet area to ride!
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Beautiful! Perfect riding roads, beautiful and no cars.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Yesterday was misty and overcast, so I rode from home in Palo Alto to Pleasanton in the East Bay. Calaveras Road, featured a couple of times in the Tour of California race, was pretty enough to warrant pulling out the camera.

Mustard in bloom, Piedmont Road:



"Easy" part of Calaveras, before "the wall":



Twists in the mist:



Lone cyclist climbing the shallow grade:



The Calaveras Reservior:



A pretty ride, lots of smiling riders out there. And zero cars.
Beautiful photo's, especially 1,3,and 4.
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Beautiful shots. I'm jealous of your roads.
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Wonderful! Thanks for posting.
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When I saw Calaveras Road I thought it was the one in Milpitas. I remember back in high school when me and my buddies used to scare ourselves from an Urban Legend. Used to drive there at midnight and tried looking for the Calaveras Mountain Albino. LOL Then we ended up in what most of my friends considered "The Wall"... Sierra Road. Yep did my own fog ride this morning and I just got back.

WAIT... Piedmont Road. It is the one in Milpitas/San Jose border.

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Wow, this is an incredible place! I wish I could ride something like that right now!
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Calaveras road is good stuff!

You snowbounds guys would cry if you saw the view from West Alpine road and Skyline blvd yesterday morning just about 20 minutes north of Calaveras road. Makes me realize why people pay ridiculous amounts of money to live in CA.
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I so want to take my road bike out to California and ride some of those roads....and we have some pretty darned nice roads here.
Thanks for sharing!

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One of my favorite local roads.
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Was one of my regular rides too, when I live in the South Bay... I miss it, and all the other great riding out there.
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It's one of my favorite local rides as well.
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The bay area is full of mountains and nice roads. Lots of people around here though. You don't want to take some of those beautiful mountain passes during rush hour.
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Originally Posted by superfred
The bay area is full of mountains and nice roads. Lots of people around here though. You don't want to take some of those beautiful mountain passes during rush hour.
Although there are plenty of roads in the area that hardly ever get any traffic to speak of. Mt Hamilton Road comes to mind. After the first 3-4 miles, almost no traffic, no matter when you ride there. On the Peninsula side, there is Stevens Canyon, Montebello, Page Mill, Old La Honda (East and West), Alpine (West), and Kings Mountain. Very little traffic.

So many great roads, so close to a vibrant metropolitan area.
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Niles Canyon during rush hour...'nuf said.
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Love Calaveras. Especially combined with Palomares. thanks for the nice memory.
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Be careful on Calaveras in the narrow section between Geary and the resevoir construction area. Ive been to a couple cyclist vs. car/motorcycle crashes out there, mostly due to people that think its their own personal race track.
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