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Old 01-13-15, 01:44 AM
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Yosemite Valley to Merced?

With luck, I will be in Yosemite Valley next week. When I leave, I can take the bus, or I can ride out. How's the ride from the Valley to Merced? Is it fun? How are the shoulders? Do they keep the road clear of snow and ice? I'll probably be doing it on a weekday, so hopefully the traffic won't be too bad?
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Old 01-16-15, 03:45 PM
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The road from Yosemite Valley to El Portal is narrow in places and winds quite a bit. It would be fun as its generally downhill all the way to Merced. I dont recall any shoulder for that part of the road.
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Originally Posted by Wulf
It would be fun as its generally downhill all the way to Merced.
It's generally downhill until the road leaves the Merced river and starts a long climb up to Midpines. After that there are moderate ups and downs until it flattens out in the Central Valley. There's one section along the river where traffic is diverted across a temp. bridge and is traffic-light controlled as one-way but it's not a problem for cyclists. Haven't been on that road in the winter but I'd expect it to be well cleared when needed.
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I grew up in Turlock (next to Merced) and I can tell you that hwy 140 doesn't see any bike traffic. Narrow shoulders and no shoulder room on hwy 140 can make the ride somewhat hair raising. The fact that most people coming on hwy 140 don't expect to see a lot of bike traffic makes it a little bit more of a gamble. On the bright side, hwy 140 is wide open and visibility is really good except for a few spots with blind hills.
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I've driven 140 about a half dozen times, all in early to mid-spring. The road was free of snow, but like BBianchiSurfer said, there was no sign of cyclists using it. It freaks a lot of drivers out. Count on a fast twisty descent and pray all those tourists in rental cars aren't on their phones.

The roads in Marin County near Muir Woods are similar, twisty and hilly, and those are heavily used by cyclists.
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I grew up in Merced and Hwy 140 would be dangerous with out a car behind you with the flashers on. There are some pretty steep hills around Briceberg (sp?) and NO shoulder at all. You should have done it (or not) by now.....What happened?
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