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Seeking Route Advice: Generally, and Sacramento - LA/Orange County

Old 02-04-14, 01:42 PM
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Seeking Route Advice: Generally, and Sacramento - LA/Orange County

I'm planning my first tour, this spring: Sacramento area to Orange County. Plan to stay in cheap motels and want to take a direct-ish route, meaning Central Valley.

I plugged in start and finish points in ridewithgps and it created a route for me. However, I have no idea how suitable some of these roads are, for cycling. Also, I'll need to detour from that route, to reach motels.

Any advise, as to my specific route? As to determining suitability of ridewithgps-created routes?

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Old 02-04-14, 02:23 PM
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I realize you said you want to take a "direct-ish" route, but why not take a few extra days and ride to SF via the Vallejo ferry and go down the coast?
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Originally Posted by raybo
I realize you said you want to take a "direct-ish" route, but why not take a few extra days and ride to SF via the Vallejo ferry and go down the coast?
Yeah, that would be a much more scenic route, but I'm trying to make this a 6- or 7-day ride (one way.) Taking the coast would probably add 3 days that I simply don't have. Thanks.
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i've ridden the ACA Pacific Coast route a couple of times, but, apparently, that's out. but i used to live in Sac, now in East Bay, and have ridden my bike from Sac to Lodi, and have ridden my motorcycle from East Bay to east of Bakersfield.

for the most part any route that runs west of 99 and East of 5 is very rural, flat, dusty and monotonous, but safe. lots of alternatives. beware of unpaved roads. a good California road map that clearly marks the difference between paved and unpaved roads would be a lot of help.

i can't help you once past Bakersfield (i.e. getting over the pass).

EDIT: i just "planned" a route with "ridewithgps" starting in Sac and ending in "L.A.". looks good to me. i'd take a good road map, as stated, too. if it were me, i'd look closely at trying to find a way to avoid riding through Bakersfield though.
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Yes, most of the my draft route runs east of I-5, and west of 99. Definitely a fast route.

That's a good suggestion, on the road map; thanks, Huey. I'm also using Google Earth, to get a sense of road and shoulder widths, etc. Bakersfield to Lancaster to Santa Clarita appears to be unavoidable. Nearly all the climbing occurs on Sebastian and Tejon Creek Roads, topping out at 5,100 ft.
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You're setting yourself up to not like touring What crappy route.
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Originally Posted by valygrl
You're setting yourself up to not like touring What crappy route.
Agreed! Best way to get from Sacramento to Orange County? Hop on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor train, jump off 3 hours later in San Jose then ride over to the coast and use the Pacific Coast route. There are also bus connections to San Francisco if you want to do the complete SF->LA trip.
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Originally Posted by patrickgm60
Yeah, that would be a much more scenic route, but I'm trying to make this a 6- or 7-day ride (one way.)
How many miles are you planning on riding a day?

It is one day to SF from Sacramento on a bicycle. As sstorkel says, take a train to SJ and then a bus to Santa Cruz. From SC, it is 8 days to Orange Country doing 50 mile days.

It seems odd to me to take an unattractive route to save time when riding somewhere on a bicycle. If you are in a hurry, rent a car.
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i'm surprised to hear people recommending someone on this forum to rent a car, instead of taking a bike tour. or take a train. where are you coming from?
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Thanks for all the replies. Yes, my goal is unusual - fast, direct route, with little regard to scenery. Plan to cover 100 miles/day (except for the climb day just north of LA.) I'm 30 miles east of Sac; the draft route is approx. 550 miles.

Will be riding an aero bar-equipped CF road bike with one pannier and a handlebar bag, only, staying in Motel 6s or equivalent. Goals are transportation, tough training, and weight loss. Prefer to ride from door to door - no trains, planes, or automobiles.

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just follow the aquaduct from Shasta all thru the central valley , I guess .. follow either side of I5
Fresno Bakersfield and all that .


.... if it were Me ..

That big climb out of Davis is part of every DC. Cal 128 that gets you into Napa County..

Cal 121, turn south thru the City of .. ( my home Town)

cross the North Bay 37 and then you can Pick up the Marin Bike routes along 101

then cross the GG bridge , and continue on down the coast.

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