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Hey Cliff Oates and other SF riders.(9 posts)

Hey Cliff Oates and other SF riders.MB1
Aug 29, 2001 6:12 AM
Miss M and I are going to ride from SFO to LAX in late October. I am very familiar with the route south of Monterey but am having problems figuring out a good route from the airport to Monterey. Probably don't want to be on 1/101 all the way. We expect to do about 100 to 120 a day.

I already have the Adventure Cycling maps. I would like something a little more interesting/cycling friendly than that. Plus we will have to ride from the airport. Can you help? Thanks in advance.
re: Hey Cliff Oates and other SF riders.mr_spin
Aug 29, 2001 6:45 AM
The map you want is made by Krebs. It is THE cycling map to have out here. Any good bike store out here will have them. Here's a link if you want to order online:

I've never ridden anywhere near SFO, so I don't know what your options would be there. Once you get to Hwy 92, everything opens up into a true cycling playground. You have three main options:

1. From 92, you can climb up to Hwy 35 and cruise the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains, probably 75% of the way to Monterey. That would be a lot of climbing, however.

2. From 92, you can climb up to Hwy 35, down the other side and cruise Hwy 1 along the coast, all the way to Monterey. Prevailing winds generally blow south, so this is not only beautiful, it can also be a thrill ride.

2. You can take Canada Road into Woodside, then cruise the foothills of the valley, all the way down to Gilroy, then take Hecker Pass over into Watsonville and find your way to Monterey from there.

Personally, I'd do some combination of the above. There are many ways to go, but this would be a very scenic route and give a good overview of what the riding is like out here:

Ride the foothills to Page Mill, up to the top, then down Alpine (Whee!) and (up, then down) Pescadero. Stop in Pescadero for food, then take Cloverdale to Hwy 1. This will get you on to the most amazing section of the coastline north of Santa Cruz, for about 20 miles. The only problem is getting through Santa Cruz, which sucks. You can't avoid all of it, but you can go up and over the worst part (go up Branciforte/Mountain View/ then down Laurel Glen/San Jose-Soquel), coming down into Soquel. From Soquel, take Soquel Drive to San Andreas, through the Strawberry fields to Elkhorn Slough, down to Moss Landing, and you are basically in Monterey at that point.

It will be cold in late October. Dress warmly.
A couple of more things...mr_spin
Aug 29, 2001 7:46 AM
Just south of Pescadero, on Hwy 1, is Pigeon Point lighthouse, a state park which is also a hostel. It would be pretty cool to stay there. Check out:

To get there, adjust the route in my post. Instead of Cloverdale, which comes out AFTER the lighthouse, take Bean Hollow out of Pescadero, which comes out BEFORE it.

Another favorite road of mine that will get you off Hwy 1 for a bit is Stage Road. It begins just north of Hwy 84 and ends in Pescadero. Very fun.

By the way, roads you may consider from looking at a map, but not recommended are:

1. Hwy 92 - little shoulder, lots of fast traffic, not fun.

2. Hwy 9 - A good, popular road to ride, except between Boulder Creek and Felton. Not very scenic, and lots of traffic. Between Felton and Santa Cruz is spectacular, however.

3. Tunitas Creek - ride up this, not down. Terrible pavement. Take Hwy 84 down instead.
re: Hey Cliff Oates and other SF riders.Cliff Oates
Aug 29, 2001 7:11 AM
I'm over in the East Bay. I think Alameda de Las Pulgas, Junipero Serra Blvd., Foothill Expressway, and Skyline are the major North-South routes suitable for cycling, but none of those connect to the airport. You should probably ask this question over in the usenet group ba.bicycles as most of the posters there are from the peninsula.
It occurs to me: paging MeDotOrgCliff Oates
Aug 29, 2001 7:16 AM
What route did the AIDS ride take to get you down to Monterey?
It occurs to me: paging MeDotOrgMeDotOrg
Aug 29, 2001 10:04 AM
We took a rather convoluted route getting out of San Francisco. The simplest way from the City is south on Highway 35 to Highway 92, right on 92 (over the Coastal Range), drop down to Highway 1, turn left and go south. Generally there is a nice tailwind going down Highway 1.

We stopped in Santa Cruz the first night. A little dance through the surface streets in Santa Cruz, and it was basically Highway 1 to Salinas (We actually didn't stop in Monterey).

When MB1 says "SFO" I don't know if he literally means the airport, but if he does, the simplest route to 92 would be to go west until you get to El Camino Real and turn left (south). We did a training ride down the peninsula one time and I think we turned right off El Camino onto Trousdale, which took us up to Highway 35. There are a couple of roads (i.e., Sneath Lane in San Bruno) that go from El Camino up to Highway 35. Peninsula riders would know these routes better than me.

Anyway, MB1, if you want, I can scan email you my Aids Route cards for days 1 and 2 and email them to you as an attachment.
That would be wonderful, thanks for all the help guys!MB1
Aug 29, 2001 10:34 AM
Don't stop now.
That would be wonderful, thanks for all the help guys!Me Dot Org
Aug 30, 2001 9:24 AM
I'll be happy to email you Route Cards for the first 2 days of the Aids Ride, but you'll need to login with your email address.

The other thing is that riding your bike out of SFO could be pretty hairy. You might want to think about getting a "Van Cab" to take you to El Camino Real.

Has anyone else ridden their bike out of SFO?
Here I am. nmMB1
Aug 30, 2001 9:50 AM