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#709201 - 07/05/11 12:56 PM Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route  
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Hi, everyone. Next week my wife and I will be taking an overnight trip from Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka (in Calif). Which do y'all think is the better* route: Hwy 36 or 299? On the way home, I'm thinking of heading down the coast some, then cutting inland. How far down the coast will depend on how late in the day it is, but no farther down than Jenner.

*good pavement, place to pull over for food/refreshment/toilet, leisurely

Thanks very much in advance.

---John.


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#709240 - 07/05/11 03:29 PM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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36


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#709247 - 07/05/11 04:36 PM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: gottabmw]  
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+1
36 is a great rode hands down.



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#709366 - 07/06/11 01:10 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: gottabmw]  
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Hyway 36.... carry your own refreshment, one small store, maybe a third of the way from Red Bluff(not much in the way of stock, but I usually stop and buy a gateraid or something just to try to keep it open.) A couple of campgrounds with toilets, water facets with potable water.
Keep a eye on your 6 for FAST movers, it can be a sportbike playground .
I usually plan on a food break in Red Bluff, Fortuna or Arcata- Eureka
Really fun is the Samoa Cookhouse , an old company town cookhouse that use to feed the three shift crews
Bring lots of grins , if you don't you may run out


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#709407 - 07/06/11 05:47 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Thanks, y'all. Hwy 36 it'll be. This will be our first overnight in about four years, so I'd like it to be enjoyable for her because I'd like her with me more often in the future. I'm generally a fuddy-duddy rider, so I'll watch my six for the "FAST movers"---thanks for the warning. And I'll be sure to gas up in Red Bluff. Any other advice or tips?

Thanks for the tip on the Samoa. I think we'll hit that for breakfast before leaving Eureka. :-)

Thanks again.

---John.


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#709409 - 07/06/11 06:21 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Don't forget the camera...
You might want to allow additional time for photograpy and a walk in the Redwood groves at Crizzly Creek.
Just a suggestion.



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#709540 - 07/06/11 08:55 PM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Although you have already chosen CA36, allow me to throw a vote for 299. I like 299 because it is more open allowing much better scenic views. Riding along the Trinity River just makes it more enjoyable for me. The turns are well laid out with good radius in turns.

On the other hand, I find sections of 36 too narrow, less than 1 1/2 lanes wide with blind corners. The tree canopy envelopes the road allot not allowing for sightseeing for passenger or rider.

Of course, they are both good riding roads and regardless of which you choose, you will be thrilled. A nice day ride is to take one road and then return on the other one.

Have a bunch of fun. Here's to hoping your wife falls in love with riding.


Greg
#709638 - 07/07/11 01:31 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Originally Posted By: blackyam
Thanks, y'all. Hwy 36 it'll be. This will be our first overnight in about four years, so I'd like it to be enjoyable for her because I'd like her with me more often in the future. I'm generally a fuddy-duddy rider,...


Now that you mention your fuddy-duddy tendencies and the fact your wife is along an not a seasoned passenger, 299 may be better. 36 is more thrilling and nearly constant turning. 299, like was mentioned above, is really pretty and a lot easier riding.

The first time I rode 36, I had a Honda Shadow and a bum shoulder. The relentlessness of the corners had me thinking the ride couldn't get over soon enough. Could be a chore for a passenger to stay interested.

Both are great motorcycling roads, but 36 may be best suited to one-up riding. If you do take 299, stop in Weaverville. A delightful little throw-back kind of town.


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#709645 - 07/07/11 01:48 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Hi, flyingreg and gottabmw. Hwy 299 it is, then. (After all, plans are made to be changed, right?) :-)

Googlemaps suggests that Weaverville is about 1/3 of the way between Redding and Eureka. That would be a good time to stop. Are there any other good stops on the way?

OK, now who can make me change my mind again? :-O

Thanks fellows, every one. Y'all are swell. ;-)

---John.


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#709649 - 07/07/11 02:20 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Another vote for 299, but not by much. Twisties are the order of the day on 36, and lots of them. As others stated, lots of blind corners, and some areas not much to see for the passenger. And nothing to stop for really. 36 might be a touch hotter in temps. If the valley is 100, you'll feel it on the first hours of 36, as this route is drier. Unless a seasoned pillion, she may tire of all the turns. Use the time saved on 299 for the north coast redwoods.

My choice:

1 up 36
2 up 299

Have fun either way, and take Tanks recommendation for the Samoa Cookhouse to the bank.

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