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Old 07-14-2017, 01:32 PM
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For those a little east or a little north...the run from Fairfield/Cordelia on Suisun is excellent. This is a great way to get to Napa.

From 80 eastbound, exit Suisun Valley Rd. This is the first exit after the 680 merge. Go north (left) and just stay on that road. Once you leave the population, it narrow and there are some great twisties. Suisun turns to Wooden Valley Rd and eventually hits a T intersection at St Rd 121.

Option 1) Go left for some tighter twisties as you rise above the valley floor. This eventually spits you out near downtown Napa where you can hit Oxbow for breakfast.

Option 2) Go right for a longer and just as enjoyable route up to St Rd 128. Take a left there and stay on that road. That eventually wraps you around by Lake Henessey and dumps you on to the Silverado Trail. Take a left and have champagne for breakfast at Mumm.

As has been mentioned, and my all time favorite, is Mt. Hamilton, but I approach it from Livermore. Incredible drive on Mines Rd essentially paralleling 680 southbound. The firs time I did the drive, I got to the observatory essentially out of gas. I enjoyed the downhill run basically in neutral and rolled into SJ for fuel.

Both of these are great. Early morning can be wet on both, even ice in winter. Weekends are fine, but if you can swing a week day, all the better.
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Hi keytohwy,

Do these capture the best of the legs you mention?

Suisun Valley Rd
Option 1 - https://goo.gl/maps/PTv3fp9ttjQ2
Option 2 - https://goo.gl/maps/uXh56E2jJdH2

Lick Observatory from the Livermore side - https://goo.gl/maps/C1jbWjsEi1n

I picked starting points that looked reasonably past the population (based on satellite images)...

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Old 07-15-2017, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Karl Glynn View Post
Hi keytohwy,

Do these capture the best of the legs you mention?

Suisun Valley Rd
Option 1 - https://goo.gl/maps/PTv3fp9ttjQ2
Option 2 - https://goo.gl/maps/uXh56E2jJdH2

Lick Observatory from the Livermore side - https://goo.gl/maps/C1jbWjsEi1n

I picked starting points that looked reasonably past the population (based on satellite images)...

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Those look correct. Thanks for doing that.

And if anyone is up for a drive...
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by keytohwy View Post
Those look correct...
Great, I just added them to the top-post in a separate section.

Originally Posted by r6elmo View Post
...Pescadaro (depends on mood) then going east to alices...
Drove that leg this morning, was very nice. I also added it to the top-post:

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Old 07-17-2017, 12:34 AM
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North bay has some great runs too, HWY 1 along the coast just north of the Golden Gate Bridge and Sir Francis Drake Hwy have been fun. More scenic than twisty. Both trips I ended up at Point Reyes lighthouse, another great spot to check out but the road inside the park was a little rough last time I went after the winter storms.
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Originally Posted by Reborn996 View Post
North bay has some great runs too, HWY 1 along the coast just north of the Golden Gate Bridge and Sir Francis Drake Hwy have been fun. More scenic than twisty. Both trips I ended up at Point Reyes lighthouse, another great spot to check out but the road inside the park was a little rough last time I went after the winter storms.
Hi David,

Here's how I captured those in the top post...
  • Roads leading out to Point Reyes Lighthouse in Marin - https://goo.gl/maps/QBwcx4kcnV62
    • Option #1 - Hwy-1 from Mill Valley, then Sir Francis Drake Blvd. to the lighthouse (roads closed at the time of writing, hence no Google Maps URL)
    • Option #2 - From the outskirts of Lagunitas, take Sir Francis Drake Blvd. to the lighthouse - https://goo.gl/maps/y1q4VjgB7dr

Let me know if that looks okay or not...

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Added Alpine Road...
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:36 PM
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Great links and roads, coincidentally I was recently on highway 9 just over a week ago with a buddy. Pic taken on highway 1 before cutting over on donny boon road.
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Originally Posted by Chris(MA) View Post
...before cutting over on donny boon road.
How'd you rank Donny Boon Road given the criteria in the first post?

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Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
How'd you rank Donny Boon Road given the criteria in the first post?

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Hmmm I think it was good, but I got stuck behind some slow poke in a subaru, its kind of tight for overtaking unless you have a forgiving passenger with ***** of steel
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I went on a Porsche run a few weeks ago with a local Bay Area Porsche club to Bodega Bay then on to a place called Goat Rock which is about 10 miles from Bodega.


Great coastal drive and the parking lot at Goat Rock is a great site to see.
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First rule of Fight Club. You never talk about Fight Club.
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Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
First rule of Fight Club. You never talk about Fight Club.

was I not suppose to say anything?
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Originally Posted by Chris(MA) View Post
Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
How'd you rank Donny Boon Road...?
Hmmm I think it was good, but I got stuck behind some slow poke...
Hi Chris,

Have I got the route correct? - https://goo.gl/maps/uzWYL5o2qBu

And would you recommend I add it to the top post?


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...Bodega Bay then on to a place called Goat Rock

Hi geemman,

Is this the correct route? - https://goo.gl/maps/sChe7GoXkC12

That's ~10 miles long, but I suspect I haven't entirely captured it. Can you correct me if I'm wrong...


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Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
Hi Chris,

Have I got the route correct? - https://goo.gl/maps/uzWYL5o2qBu

And would you recommend I add it to the top post?





Hi geemman,

Is this the correct route? - https://goo.gl/maps/sChe7GoXkC12

That's ~10 miles long, but I suspect I haven't entirely captured it. Can you correct me if I'm wrong...


Thanks.

Karl.

Hey Karl


That's the spot. You just need to be careful as you will go down a grave/rock path to the parking lot (enough room for one car so you need to yield going down and up). I suggest to bring a picnic lunch as the scenery is unbelievable, especially driving there along the coast with some turns and curves.


I would drive it again.

Here is a picture of the parking lot where we had the the Porsche Fun Run
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