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#709652 - 07/07/11 02:38 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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I agree with what guys are saying about 36 vs 299, 36 can be bit technical and you really have to like looking at huge redwoods to call that road scenic :-)

Then a total hijack.
I was hooning up there Monday and Tuesday, rode 1000+ miles of Hwy-1, 101, 20, 36, 3 etc. The road I enjoyed by far the most was Hwy 70 between Lake Almanor and where 70 hooked up with 99.

That road is great! The engineer who crafted it must have been an artist and a motorcyclist. The scenery is great and the turns are pure moto bliss. I don't care for the 1st - 2nd gear blind corkscrews (like on 36), but here the road provides one constant radius sweeper after another. One of the most fun roads I've ever ridden. The traffic was also minimal.

Another very interesting Norther CA road that I found was Mountain View Rd. / Boonville Rd. between Ukiah on 101 and Point Arena on Hwy-1. Some sections were singe-lane only, an old paved mountain road. VERY entertaining on a street tire shod GS grin

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#709664 - 07/07/11 03:26 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Willow Creek is a good stop before you go over the hill to the coast. Gas, restaurants and store.

Be prepared for a possible radical change in temperature as you descend toward the ocean. When it's hot in the interior, it can be cool to downright cold along the shore. A 30 to 40 degree fall in temp is not uncommon.

I've been on 299 several times and really didn't see much as far as attractions go. The scenery is great and the road divine. I've always been absorbed in the ride and didn't pay that much attention. You're gonna love it. Let the fuddy-duddy flag fly and just enjoy the highway!


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#709951 - 07/08/11 03:14 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: gottabmw]  
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A recent Tuesday on 299 was peppered with logging and transport trucking, slooooooooooooooowing traffic down due to the unavailability of passing.

299=traffic
36=scenic and serene
I have ridden 36 mildly with the intent of enjoying the sights and found that the changes in the 130+- miles is awe inspiring and should NOT be missed


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Bill Iffert
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#709960 - 07/08/11 03:51 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: mbelectric]  
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Originally Posted By: mbelectric
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.

MB>



Well, I can't really say anthing about 299... I didn't travel on it. We did Hwy.36 six weeks ago when I was up there w/ the brothers. We picked up 36 off of I-5 and when we saw a twisty road sign that said next 140 miles my brothers from the East coast pulled over to photograph it. They'd never seen a 140 mile twisty road sign before. I thought the road was great but I was solo and on a Ducati ST3s fully bagged. Next time I'll take 299, come back and on 36.
No matter what you decide you both will have a great ride!



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#711995 - 07/16/11 12:00 AM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Hi, everyone. My wife and I just returned from our overnight. Took CA-299 from Redding to Eureka and my wife enjoyed it immensely. Oh, and we had breakfast at the Samoa Cookhouse this morning: very nice and an interesting place. Thanks very much for all your suggestions.

Cheerio.

---John.


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#712120 - 07/16/11 08:05 PM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: blackyam]  
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Glad to hear you had a good time.
Next time you can take 36 for a bit more challenging ride,but still easy to do in"cruise"mode.

JR356

#712144 - 07/16/11 11:39 PM Re: Calif Red Bluff/Redding to Eureka route [Re: JR356]  
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Wonderful... sooo many roads- sooo little time


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