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Old 08-23-2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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Best twisty roads for a cruise in NorCal

So, I just moved to the East Bay a few weeks ago, and don't know the area too well. That and since my loving fiancee decided to have her bridal shower on my birthday I kinda want to grab the keys and go for a long cruise around NorCal.

Looking for any suggestions on any roads that when you got finished with, you were like 'wow that was awesome, let's do it again!'. So far with my limited experience it is the road leading to/away from S. Lake Tahoe.

Thanks ahead of time!
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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A lot of people including my self like highway 17 heading towards Santa Cruz. The curvy roads make it fun to drive.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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If u have some time get on 280 and hop on highway 84 and take woodside road in redwood city and that highway leads all the way to highway 1. It long and has a lot of turns to it. It's a lot of fun if there isn't a lot of people. There is also a restaurant at the beginning of it called Alices restaurant. It's kinda a bikers place but when cars roll in they don't mind.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:29 PM   #4
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Both of those look awesome. Could make a loop of them too since I have all day.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:43 PM   #5
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took highway 9 last night all the way to santa cruz. you can also take 92 west towards half moon bay; take a right onto skyline and that takes you threw the mountains all the way to the south bay. Theres also Mines Rd that you can get to from Livermore and Mt. Hamilton from south san jose.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:33 PM   #6
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So far I'm taking everyone's suggestions and going to make a day of it. Can head up north and come down over Golden Gate bridge, up 92, down 84, down 1, up 17.

I generally assume one way is more entertaining than the other, so I can reverse the route if need be...
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:55 PM   #7
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Hwy 70 and Hwy 49 both are very good long roads for windy trips. Hwy 70 will dump you out on 395 just north of Reno and Hwy 49 will hit up with Hwy 89 above Truckee. All day roads, beautiful scenery and nice elevation changes.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:57 PM   #8
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MT. HAMILTON, Mines rd. if you want action; and 92 west to HMB, and Alice's for the Scenery. BTW food is pretty good @ Alice's
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:06 PM   #9
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If u have some time get on 280 and hop on highway 84 and take woodside road in redwood city and that highway leads all the way to highway 1. It long and has a lot of turns to it. It's a lot of fun if there isn't a lot of people. There is also a restaurant at the beginning of it called Alices restaurant. It's kinda a bikers place but when cars roll in they don't mind.
When I was riding street I would head up there for breakfast all the time. On the weekends unless you arrive really early it is hard to find a place to park with all the motorcyclists.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:15 AM   #10
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The only problem with 17 is that many people don't:
a) know how to drive
b) push their cars well past the limits
c) see a & b

I lived in Santa Cruz for 5 years and was on that road many times. I was just there a few weeks ago, and while the road has gotten better, they other drivers have gotten worse. Case in point, an older toyota pick-up, with gardening equipment in the bed, on a "donut" spare barreling past me, splitting traffic, spins in one of the turns and is pointed the wrong direction. All this at 5 pm on a Friday! Great road, just be careful. Hwy. 152 to Gilroy off Hwy 1 is also very nice. Much less crowded than 17.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:56 AM   #11
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Hwy 70 and Hwy 49 both are very good long roads for windy trips. Hwy 70 will dump you out on 395 just north of Reno and Hwy 49 will hit up with Hwy 89 above Truckee. All day roads, beautiful scenery and nice elevation changes.

Another vote for Hwy 70 also CA 128. It runs from Hwy 101 out of Cloverdale out to Hwy 1 they just re paved most of it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:01 PM   #12
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Can't wait to get back into town and check all these places out now

Especially since I'm getting a ton of performance mods done over the next week and a half
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:08 PM   #13
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The only problem with 17 is that many people don't:
a) know how to drive
b) push their cars well past the limits
c) see a & b

I lived in Santa Cruz for 5 years and was on that road many times. I was just there a few weeks ago, and while the road has gotten better, they other drivers have gotten worse. Case in point, an older toyota pick-up, with gardening equipment in the bed, on a "donut" spare barreling past me, splitting traffic, spins in one of the turns and is pointed the wrong direction. All this at 5 pm on a Friday! Great road, just be careful. Hwy. 152 to Gilroy off Hwy 1 is also very nice. Much less crowded than 17.
This is very true.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:19 PM   #14
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I vote for mt. Hamilton, the turns are real sharp and if you drive like me, you'll be thinking to yourself "wow what a rush!". I've only driven it once and I loved the adrenaline rush I got from it! Rod, you should plan a drive up there in a few weeks
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I seem to remember bear creek road heading to Santa Cruz as being awesome
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I vote for mt. Hamilton, the turns are real sharp and if you drive like me, you'll be thinking to yourself "wow what a rush!". I've only driven it once and I loved the adrenaline rush I got from it! Rod, you should plan a drive up there in a few weeks
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:40 PM   #17
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17 is a great road. I drove it a few times a week for a year back then. I haven't had any need to go to Santa Cruz anymore so I haven't been on that road. But IMO, that road isn't that good for spirited driving because it's too populated. I haven't taken my Camaro out on any twisties yet, but I have ridden Mines, Highway 9, Hamilton, Redwood, Berryessa, Skyline, Palomeras, etc and my fav so far is Palomeras. It's not as congested and it has some really nice curves especially for riders.
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:47 PM   #18
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I posted about this trip I'm doing in a month near Redding (which might be a little trip for you...but even if you don't join me, it's an awesome twisty road that goes from Redding to Eureka.

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Old 08-28-2011, 02:31 AM   #19
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Skaggs Springs Road northwest of Santa Rosa.

Go west from Lake Sonoma and turn around at Bungee Bridge



The faster stuff starts at bit past 6:20 in the video.
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Skaggs Springs Road northwest of Santa Rosa.

Go west from Lake Sonoma and turn around at Bungee Bridge



The faster stuff starts at bit past 6:20 in the video.
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