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Old 09-23-2017, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
Given the proximity to San Jose, how much of that route has residential?

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From the west after Shannon you have few driveways then a stable which is clearly indicated (20 MPH speed limit) before arriving at the reservoir. Then from the reservoir to New Almaden you just have few secondary roads or dirt trails ending on this road.

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Originally Posted by loliea View Post
From the west after Shannon you have few driveways then a stable which is clearly indicated (20 MPH speed limit) before arriving at the reservoir. Then from the reservoir to New Almaden you just have few secondary roads or dirt trails ending on this road.

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I did a recon run on it this afternoon.

And I've added your recommendation to the top post:

  • loliea's recommendation:

    And then here's the stretch (also added to the top) where you're past the residential:


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    Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
    PSA to those unfamiliar: McKean/Uvas/Watsonville road be very smart about your pace. There is often sheriff presence on that road and, aside from not getting a ticket yourself, the last thing we all need is more enforcement there because too many people are playing ricky racer. It's a nice road to keep a decent pace down without going crazy. Also, warning to be careful of your sightlines and passes on that road, as it has numerous spots that can be very deceiving as to how much room you have.
    Spot on.

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    Originally Posted by caysraff View Post
    Spot on.

    Hey - I know you from BARF. Good to see you here as well.
    If you're going from my screen name, you got the right person. If you're going from my avatar, you got the wrong one. I stole it from the famous Ant on BARF.
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    Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
    If you're going from my screen name, you got the right person. If you're going from my avatar, you got the wrong one. I stole it from the famous Ant on BARF.
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    Old 09-27-2017, 10:05 PM
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    Lake Berryessa to Hwy 29 near Calistoga, to Angwin then grab some lunch in Napa! Brand new pavement near Knoxville and a a bunch of twisties. It's beautiful out there. Man, I miss living in the Bay Area.

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    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6454.../data=!3m1!1e3
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    Originally Posted by DesmoSD View Post
    Lake Berryessa to Hwy 29 near Calistoga, to Angwin then grab some lunch in Napa! Brand new pavement near Knoxville and a a bunch of twisties. It's beautiful out there. Man, I miss living in the Bay Area.

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    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6454.../data=!3m1!1e3
    Does this capture your route?

    https://goo.gl/maps/yxBt66dncoA2

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    Old 10-02-2017, 12:56 AM
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    Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
    Does this capture your route?

    https://goo.gl/maps/yxBt66dncoA2

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    My .02 cents: if you add the roll west from Winters to the intersection of 128/Berryessa-Knoxville on your map, you'll add 997 more smiles!

    Beware: if you do ride 128 W from Winters, the road just west of the Glory Hole can be treacherous with much surface issues and uphill off-camber turns with steep drop offs, so stay safe.

    P.S. the route that you shared gets even better if you head up to Geyserville and find Skaggs Springs Rd/Stewart's Spring Rd to Manchester (but I bet that you already knew that!)!!!

    Follow the road...
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    Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
    Does this capture your route?

    https://goo.gl/maps/yxBt66dncoA2

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    My .02 cents: if you add the roll west from Winters to the intersection of 128/Berryessa-Knoxville on your map, you'll add 997 more smiles!

    Beware: if you do ride 128 W from Winters, the road just west of the Glory Hole can be treacherous with much surface issues and uphill off-camber turns with steep drop offs, so stay safe.

    P.S. the route that you shared gets even better if you head up to Geyserville and find Skaggs Springs Rd/Stewart's Spring Rd to Manchester (but I bet that you already knew that!)!!!

    Follow the road...
    This is actually the route I used to ride with the guys on BARF and the NorCal Ducati Owners Club. We start off at the Starbucks off Green Valley, loop around the lake, back country and back through Napa.

    It's an awesome route for motos so I'm sure it's just as fun in a Porsche. The pavement leading up from Suisun Valley to Knoxville Berryessa is minty fresh and full of nice twisties. We stop off at Buster's BBQ for lunch.

    After lunch, we'll detour and cut through Angwin to Pope Valley then back down Hwy 29 and do that a few times.
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    Thanks david and DesmoSD.

    I'll update the top post when I get a chance this weekend...
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    Originally Posted by DesmoSD View Post
    Lake Berryessa to Hwy 29 near Calistoga, to Angwin then grab some lunch in Napa! Brand new pavement near Knoxville and a a bunch of twisties.
    Originally Posted by david View Post
    My .02 cents: if you add the roll west from Winters to the intersection of 128/Berryessa-Knoxville on your map, you'll add 997 more smiles!
    Hey DesmoSD & david,

    Does this capture that combined route?

    https://goo.gl/maps/AicGhLze7gD2

    Originally Posted by david View Post
    P.S. the route that you shared gets even better if you head up to Geyserville and find Skaggs Springs Rd/Stewart's Spring Rd to Manchester (but I bet that you already knew that!)!!!
    I actually don't know these roads at all (I live down in San Jose).

    So unfortunately I need an explicit "take road X, then road Y, then road Z..." to create Google maps URLs for the top post...

    Then as regards the route posted by DesmoSD in post #54, that seems to be a different one than I originally understood from post #51.

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    Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
    Hey DesmoSD & david,

    Does this capture that combined route?

    https://goo.gl/maps/AicGhLze7gD2

    I went with that one, and updated the top post accordingly. If it's not correct, just let me know...


    Also added the following recommendation from M3 Post:


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    Originally Posted by wjk_glynn View Post
    I went with that one, and updated the top post accordingly. If it's not correct, just let me know...


    Also added the following recommendation from M3 Post:


    Karl.
    Hey Karl...sorry for the late reply...here is the route from Pt Reyes Station:

    https://goo.gl/yWVX2y

    I prefer the S>N and then E of this route. Let me know if you have any questions...
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    Originally Posted by david View Post
    Hey Karl...sorry for the late reply...here is the route from Pt Reyes Station:

    https://goo.gl/yWVX2y

    I prefer the S>N and then E of this route. Let me know if you have any questions...
    Not at all, and thanks the route details.

    It's been added to the top post...
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    Old 11-25-2017, 12:17 PM
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    I live in Woodside and the drives up to Skyline and down the other side are solid. I have done them on motorcycles, Cobra, E63, and Carrera GTS, pretty much every Sunday except when it rains. Coffee at Alice’s and then figure it out from there.

    notes:
    - Kings Mountain is a much more enjoyable drive than 84 but you have to hit it early or you will be fighting with the cyclists. There is a good chance that you will get behind a Prius but there are several legal passing zones and a few others that are not legal but safe.
    - I use a GoPro to document what is happening, I don’t trust the cyclists who haul *** down Kings Mountain and take the turns wide.
    - There are lots of blind corners and hairpins, assume a cyclists is beyond the apex of each one but the drive has good visibility and only one section of road that is hairball narrow.
    - At the top of Kings Mountain you have 3 options, go left and end up at Alice’s, go right and hit 92, or straight and go down Tunitas Creek to the coast. Tunitas Creek is a bumpy road but not nearly as bad as Page Mill because Tunitas Creek was resurfaced a few years ago for a national bicycle race. Going down Tunitas Creek is more fun than coming up it, IMO.
    - Alice’s... get there early. Parking is getting really bad.
    - I like the drive down 84 to Apple Jacks but much prefer the section from Apple Jacks out to San Gregorio.
    - In San Gregorio, turn right at the General Store and take Stage Coach Road out to Hwy 1.
    - At Alice’s you can also just head south on Skyline to Page Mill and back to the Bay or right on Alpine and head out to the coast, which is another fun drive, or continue south on Skyline to 9 and into Saratoga or the other way to Boulder Creek / Felton.
    - Head down 9 and go straight into Big Basin instead of left at the stop sign. Big Basin is a relaxing drive by you will hit traffic on weekends, from Big Basin you can continue on to Boulder Creek.
    - Skyline is closed past 9 for repairs from last winters storms. I don’t know the ET for re-opening.
    - In Boulder Creek you can take Bear Creek Road and you will end up on 17 at the Lexington Reservoir.
    - avoid 84 up the moutain to Alice’s.... it is truly a miserable drive.
    - Old La Honda Road is south of Alice’s and a fun drive that will drop you off in Portola Valley.

    Word of caution about this area in general, when there is a marine layer the trees catch a lot of water that will make the roads wet when everything else is dry. It can be hazardous so drive accordingly... however when it’s clear and cold down in the flatlands, the heat rises up and it can be a solid 10-15 degrees warmer up on Skyline. Just know that the climate is very unique and even on Skyline you can hit what feels like rain as you get closer to Hwy 92 while it’s mini heat wave down by Alice’s.
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