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Old 09-25-17, 06:03 AM
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San Jose to Los Angeles route?

We will be going to California for Thanksgiving and we are going to bring our bikes. Plan to ride from Emeryville to San Jose via Walnut Creek,to visit Rivendell.
Wondering about a "nice" route from San Jose to Los Angeles. We are traveling across the country via Amtrak so I thought maybe a be more of a ride!
Thanks for your help!!
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Big Sur Landslide Aint getting fixed any time Soon.
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I am open to alternate routes.
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Other than detouring around the landslide, the best route follows Highway 1.
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Back in the mid-80's I once saw Pete Penseyres heading south to LA along I-5 on his bike, complete with disc wheel and teardrop helmet.



Not the safest and most scenic route, but probably the most direct.
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My wife and I did a loop last year at Thanksgiving that consisted of going north from Moro Bay to Monterey on Hwy 1 though Big Sur (now closed indefinitely to land slide) and returned via the below inland route to Moro Bay. We thought the inland route was just as beautiful as the coastal route, but recognize that most people would not agree.

From Carmel, take Carmel Valley Rd (G-16) east up Carmel Valley. This road can be busy to the Village of Carmel Valley, but has a decent shoulder. Once past Carmel Valley Village, there is a lot less traffic. Yes, you have to climb about 3,000 feet (from the coast at Carmel) to cross the pass just east of the Carmel Valley Village, but then it is about that the same down to King City.

Google maps will have you ride the last 3 miles to King City on busy Hwy 101, which at this point is 4 lanes but has a wide shoulder. To avoid this, we rode on dirt farm roads for these last 3 miles. Was difficult route finding, got two flats from devil head thorns, and thus I would probably just do the highway this last 3 miles if I did it again.

From King City we went to Paso Robles via Jolon Road (G-14), Interlake Road (G-14), and Nacimiento Lake Dr (G-14). It is about 69 miles, and has about 4,400 feet of elevation gain, but also about 3,800 feet of elevation loss. It is really a lovely ride, with the first about 50 miles on low trafficked roads. Jolon Road passes through Fort Hunter Ligget where we saw about 10 bald eagles at one point. The last about 15 miles along Nacimiento Lake Dr. was fairly busy (lots of rural homesteads near Paso Robles) and not a great shoulder.

From Paso Robles, we went south to Templeton. In Templeton, turn right on Vineyard Dr., then after 0.7 miles left on Santa Rita Rd,, then after 0.3 miles turn right on Cayucos Templeton Rd/Santa Rita Rd. Stay on this for about 14 miles, then turn left on Old Creek Rd. which will take you back to Highway 1 and the coast.

You can always check what route the Adventure Cycling Association is recommending. Our route has a lot of climbing, but mostly is on low trafficked back roads with lots of scenery. Enjoy your trip.

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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
I am open to alternate routes.
Great, Buy a Map. USGS Topographic maps are Quite detailed.. so get several..
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
Back in the mid-80's I once saw Pete Penseyres heading south to LA along I-5 on his bike, complete with disc wheel and teardrop helmet.


Not the safest and most scenic route, but probably the most direct.
He still leads a ride out of Bonsall every Wednesday morning.
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
I am open to alternate routes.
Check out this thread re: detours:

https://forums.adventurecycling.org/...?topic=14847.0
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I would like to "amend" this route idea!
What about San Jose to Sacramento? We could pickup Amtrak there.
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SJ to SF, Ferry from SF to Vallejo or GG bridge, ride across the north bay.., Napa, to Winters, to Davis then to Sacto.
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