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Old 03-23-2004, 10:24 PM   #1
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Sunday 3/28 Hwy 36 ride.

I put this in the group rides section, but thought I'd also post it here for you long distance day riders.

Sunday March 28 I'm headed up to the top of California on a little sport touring ride to hit one of my all time favorite roads Hwy 36 .

I'm leaving from the *$ in Vacaville at 80 and Alamo 0700.
The route is straight up I-5 to Red Bluff, then across hwy36 to Fortuna.
Then back across hwy 36 again to Red Bluff and home on I-5.

That's 4 hours of slab and about 6 hours nonstop on some of the finest twisties in the state.

Total about 550 miles with 3 planned gas stops, stopping in Red Bluff for a late breakfast and Fortuna for lunch. Distance between gas stops won't exceed 145 miles unless I get lost.

Any and all who want to come along are welcome.

The weather should be perfect Sunday for getting out of your "back yard".
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:37 AM   #2
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Won't be able to make it this Sunday although I would if I could. Thanks for the post.
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:34 PM   #3
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Hey enjoy your ride. I was up there last week, as you know, and it was perfect. There is some rain predicted here on Friday, so I hope the roads don't get too wet up there.

Have fun, and ride safe.
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:40 PM   #4
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yikes. Have fun. I love distance riding as much as the next person, but I refuse to spend 4 hours slabbing just to get to a road. That is the kind of distance that really needs a full weekend and I know that I would be too sore upon reaching 36 to really enjoy it done your way.
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Old 03-24-2004, 11:36 PM   #5
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I refuse to spend 4 hours slabbing just to get to a road.
That's only 2 hours of slab in the morning and 2 hours to get home.

There's no way to reach Hwy36 without some payment on the straight pavement first unless you call 101 a curvy road.
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Old 03-25-2004, 12:29 AM   #6
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*whistle* 225 miles from here to red bluff!

I wouldn't have any center tire left by the time I reached the end of 36. And even with a stupdendous pace of 70mph average (including all gas stops etc.) it would take me three hours to get there

Sorry, count me out on that (says the guy who went from Las Vegas thru Death Valley and back up to San Jose in one 19 hour day trip)
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Old 03-25-2004, 08:39 AM   #7
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Sounds like a nice ride to me. What time do you plan on leaving in the morning? They are saying 82 Deg. Sunday I'm more worried about day light than anything. 36 is crazy in the dark I had to do the last stretch of it in the dark one time...

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Old 03-25-2004, 10:34 AM   #8
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Sounds like a nice ride to me. What time do you plan on leaving in the morning?
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Finally someone steps up to the plate, a Beemer rider no less.

I plan on leaving Vacaville at 0700 from the Starbucks at I-80 and Alamo. But since you're in Stockton we could meet at the first rest area after the 505/ I-5 connection.

Let me know.
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:39 PM   #9
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Wow that ride looks amazing. I got a buddy who has a 1150RT, we usually try to go out and check out roads just like this. Can't do Sunday, I might try for Saturday.
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Sounds like a nice ride. I'm 75% in (depends on how work goes on Saturday). I'll need to be back before 6 though, so I may have to turn around in the middle of 36, or if it looks like the ride will be getting to Fortuna by noon or 1, I could book it back home on 101 from there... If I can make it, I'll meet you at the Starbucks at 7(is it just off of 80 ?), else don't wait up.
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Old 03-25-2004, 05:08 PM   #11
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If your going eastbound on I-80 in Vacaville I believe the exit is called Alamo, follow the off ramp to the right and look on your right for the starbucks / gas station / KFC / Mickey Ds.

If your going westbound on I-80 I believe the exit is called Merchant. Follow the off ramp to the first light, go right on Alamo and after you cross over the highway look on your right for the starbucks / gas station / KFC / Mickey Ds mecca of commerce.
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That's only 2 hours of slab in the morning and 2 hours to get home.

There's no way to reach Hwy36 without some payment on the straight pavement first unless you call 101 a curvy road.
Taking 1 and 101 is WAY twistier than 5, not a chance of it being done in 2 hours though. Also yes, it DOES suck at night...no little reflectors and LOTS of deer...although the road reflectors suddenly appear just before red bluff heading eastbound.

Sounds like a fun ride, enjoy and take pics if you can for the rest of us!
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Finally someone steps up to the plate, a Beemer rider no less.
You beemer guys and your rolling couches... you wouldn't be singing the same tune if you were riding a race replica
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Old 03-25-2004, 11:22 PM   #14
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You beemer guys and your rolling couches... you wouldn't be singing the same tune if you were riding a race replica
Funny, my beemer doesn't look like a couch

Gary, I gotta do some work on a little 500 interceptor this Saturday, if all goes well I will be up for the ride Sunday for sure. If not, it might extend into Sunday. I will keep you posted.

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