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Old 05-11-15, 02:52 PM
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must-do & don't roads to ride in the paso robles/slo/templeton area??

looking to ride the paso robles/morro bay/slo/templeton area over the memorial day weekend.

not familiar with any of the roads in the area save hwy 1 along the coast which i'll ride a bit of.

what are the must-do paved roads in the area for a roadie in terms of stunning scenery, good (difficult is ok) climbs and solitude?

what are the must-don't roads in the area? generally comfy riding in/near high-speed traffic but shoulderless/beat-up roads
with a constant stream of semis are not what i'm looking for unless it's a quick mile or two connector road between must-do roads.

i'm down for some stretches of dirt as long as they're doable on 23's.

looking to string together as many as possible over 3 days of riding. each day will be between 70-115 miles.

thanks in advance for the helpful responses.

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I've done only a little riding in SLO county, Corbett Canyon, Edna Valley, Lopez Lake, Arroyo Grande. These roads don't have a lot of shoulder, which wasn't a problem except when an RV (motorhome or trailer) would pass me. Almost clipped me a couple of times, the 3 foot rule was more like a 3 cm rule. Being up there over Memorial Day, these vehicles would be my biggest fear as they will probably be out in force.

Hwy 1 between SLO and Morro Bay has good shoulders as I recall. You could ride out there, thru the park at the south end of town, down to Los Osos and back on Los Osos Valley Road which I think also has wide shoulders. The park roads are narrow but the speed limit is really low and not a lot of traffic.

I also like Avila Beach area, I've not ridden there or even driven in quite a while so not sure about the roads.

Bottom line over a holiday weekend, I'd favor roads with shoulders and bike lanes and skip the narrow country roads.
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No real shoulder to speak of but very little traffic. Old Creek Rd just South of Cayucos.

https://www.strava.com/routes/2325797

From there the 46 has a nice wide shoulder you can take all the way back to the 1.

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Go to SLOBC.org... the local bike club lists many good rides in the area along with route slips. Probably my all time favorite area to ride...
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Lots of wonderful roads in the PR area: to the west, Adelaida, Peachy Canyon, Santa Rosa Creek. To the south, Park Hill, Huer Huero, and all the roads around Santa Margarita Lake. To the north, Indian Valley / Peach Tree is wonderful, very long, and very isolated.

If you want an adventurous and little-known dirt road, East Pozo Road from the town of Pozo to CA-58 is fabulous: 19 miles of gentle, winding climbs and descents, incredible mountain views, complete solitude (I saw not a single car or person the whole way). I found it easy on 28s and it should be fine on 23s as long as you're at least somewhat used to dirt. This is one of my all-time favorite dirt roads.
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Some of my favorite roads
Definitely checkout Wildflower Century - SLOBC century route.
I've ridden Old Creek Rd starting in SLO going out Hwy 1 to Morro Bay then up Old Creek Rd to Hwy 46 looping back through Oso Valley Rd.
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made it to paso robles but only had enuff time for a 2 hr
ride. kiler canyon up to peachy canyon and back down to
town. peachy canyon...i can't remember the last time i had
so much fun on a road. what a great descent!
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Never ridden there but bbq at big bubba's should be on your list
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I'd call Prefumo Canyon, See Canyon Roads to Avila Beach, then riding back the easy way on the Bob Jones bike path, a must-ride.

I'm no expert on the area, but I got pretty lucky when I found that gem a few years ago.

I'm jealous. It's a beautiful place for bike riding. And SLO is a cool town. Try to be there Thursday night for the Farmers Market--great food, great beer, and pretty college girls everywhere.

Prefumo (It's steep in spots.)



See Canyon:




Bob Jones MUP:


Port SLO, just north of Avila Beach:


And if you have time to pedal out to Morro Bay, it's pretty sweet there too.

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And if you're going to Paso, you're going for wine. I love Adelaide and Vineyard Roads, though I'd get an early start, because there are bocoo wineries there, which means possible drunk drivers (and cyclists when I'm in town) on a sillystring road as the afternoon wears on. There's a great cheese shop in Paso, so grab a pound for your jersey pocket, and maybe some crackers before heading out.

A good loop if you want to get a few tastings in is Adelaide out to Vineyard Drive, returning on Peach Canyon.

Adelaide Rd.




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Originally Posted by Elvo
Never ridden there but bbq at big bubba's should be on your list
bbq is always​ on the list
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I love Santa Rosa Creek Road (either way, east bound from Cambria means you go up "the wall", I like taking it from the east--Old Creek connects to it). Also try/add in Old Creek up from Hwy. 1 in Cayucos.

I also love Peachy Canyon south to north--it's a SUPER scenic, low traffic road. You can make a 32-ish loop of it by going up Vineyard from Hwy 46 (no bike lane on Vineyard, some cars), right at Peachy Canyon (no lane but very quiet) flat and rolling blissful road, climbs up at end then descends to Paso), jog through town--Peachy Canyon becomes Pacific, make a right on Olive, bends left onto 6th, then right onto Vine (becomes S Vine and runs along 101) back to Vineyard. Four Vines Winery has a lot at the corner of 46 and Vineyard.

The climb up 46 from Hwy 1 to its peak before Templeton is epic. You can climb it and then take a left at Santa Rosa Creek Rd back down to the back entrance to Cambria. I think this is a epic 35-ish loop for the area too. The loop would be Hwy 1 south from Cambria > up 46 > left at Santa Rosa Canyon. Have a great trip!

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Originally Posted by calamarichris
And if you're going to Paso, you're going for wine. I love Adelaide and Vineyard Roads, though I'd get an early start, because there are bocoo wineries there, which means possible drunk drivers (and cyclists when I'm in town) on a sillystring road as the afternoon wears on. There's a great cheese shop in Paso, so grab a pound for your jersey pocket, and maybe some crackers before heading out.

A good loop if you want to get a few tastings in is Adelaide out to Vineyard Drive, returning on Peach Canyon.

Adelaide Rd.




haha not me. love the scenery of the wine country there with the big, dappled hills. the wines? not so much. have consistently found the paso wines
(regardless of price range) overtly ripe and alcoholic and without the requisite structure, finesse and acidity/tannins to seriously contend with the other big boy regions of the state.
i blame the soil (for the wines) but praise it for the landscapes. if the wines equally matched the landscape, i'd always be drunk, bonked or both. there's a reason
i stay away from napa, sonoma, santa ynez valley and circuitously avoid certain roads in the santa cruz mountains...
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
I'd call Prefumo Canyon, See Canyon Roads to Avila Beach, then riding back the easy way on the Bob Jones bike path, a must-ride.

I'm no expert on the area, but I got pretty lucky when I found that gem a few years ago.

I'm jealous. It's a beautiful place for bike riding. And SLO is a cool town. Try to be there Thursday night for the Farmers Market--great food, great beer, and pretty college girls everywhere.

Prefumo (It's steep in spots.)



See Canyon:




Bob Jones MUP:


Port SLO, just north of Avila Beach:


And if you have time to pedal out to Morro Bay, it's pretty sweet there too.

that ship sailed a loong time ago.

prefumo looks similar to figueroa mountain rd. gorgeous. thanks for the pics.

hwy 46 into/outta paso robles is absolutely gorgeous right now with the greenery/flowers. especially captivating early morning and sunset with the shadows
accentuating the undulations of the hills.

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haha not me. love the scenery of the wine country there with the big, dappled hills. the wines? not so much. have consistently found the paso wines
(regardless of price range) overtly ripe and alcoholic and without the requisite structure, finesse and acidity/tannins to seriously contend with the other big boy regions of the state.
i blame the soil (for the wines) but praise it for the landscapes. if the wines equally matched the landscape, i'd always be drunk, bonked or both. there's a reason
i stay away from napa, sonoma, santa ynez valley and circuitously avoid certain roads in the santa cruz mountains...
Years ago Paul Harvey told a story how they had gathered some of the top wine connoisseurs of the time and with a blind taste test had only been given the information that one was expensive and one was cheap, and every single one got it...................wrong. Good........day.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga
haha not me. love the scenery of the wine country there with the big, dappled hills. the wines? not so much. have consistently found the paso wines
(regardless of price range) overtly ripe and alcoholic and without the requisite structure, finesse and acidity/tannins to seriously contend with the other big boy regions of the state.
i blame the soil (for the wines) but praise it for the landscapes. if the wines equally matched the landscape, i'd always be drunk, bonked or both. there's a reason
i stay away from napa, sonoma, santa ynez valley and circuitously avoid certain roads in the santa cruz mountains...
I find Sonoma wines quite entirely too episcopalian in their predictability.
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s'ok. i don't like sonoma cabs-save two-and some of the zins are outta hand lately.
the burgundian varietals are consistently best. the best chards have a nearly
unmatched mineralesque component and amazing acidity. the best pinots usually
have a little too much body for me but are beautiful in their own way. sonoma, with
the multitude of microclimates, has a certain old-school rusticity in many of the wines
that is definitely missing in napa and growing increasingly rare in santa ynez valley juice.
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