South bay to Bucks Lake/Quincy. In search of routes.

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Anybody got any favorite north/south routes ?

    There's 49/89, and I recall taking 113 through Davis
    Is there any halfway interesting north/south route west of 49 ?

    Any thoughts appreciated.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 12, 2007
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  2. Rob Kleinschmidt

    Moto-Rama Guest

    113 to is about as calm as it gets these days The other way to do it
    is 49/89 as you mentioned. Maybe you could take 162 East from the
    Central Valley all the way to Lake Oroville, then UP the Bucks Lake
    Road to Quincy. That way it starts off kind of lumpy and bumpy and
    gets better as you go up the hill.

    Don't forget to check out Quincy- Laporte Road! It was paved a few
    years back. Yummy.
    A good loop is to include both roads in one ride, just for the fun of
    it that is.
    Moto-Rama, Jul 12, 2007
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  3. I'm also thinking about 101, cutting over to Callistoga via Petrified
    Forest, then 29 to 20 across to Oroville. 29 is a nice road. Never
    tried 20 from Clearlake to Oroville.

    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 12, 2007
  4. If you like dirt, Western Mines Road, 29 just south of Middleton.
    101 to Mark West Springs, Frantz Valley and Ida Clayton to
    Western Mines.

    For just a nice curvy piece of backroad, 101 into Callistoga
    St. Helena into Petrified Forest into 29 around Callistoga.

    I agree that further south, it's unimpressive on 101 or 29.

    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 21, 2007
  5. Rob Kleinschmidt

    M. MacDonald Guest

    Between Oroville and Quincy there is a small hamburger stand that sits on
    the north side of the road about halfway through the canyon.

    Anyone know the name of it? Seems to be a biker place on the weekends.

    Nice ride too.

    M. MacDonald, Jul 26, 2007
  6. Rob Kleinschmidt

    Timberwoof Guest

    Well, I thought I had good Google Fu until I got the results:

    Timberwoof, Jul 27, 2007
  7. Rob Kleinschmidt

    B. Peg Guest

    I agree. Very scenic area with the river, train tracks, bridges, and roads.

    I recall that restaurant about mid-point, but I cannot recall the name
    either (Biker's Burgers?). I wanted to stop but it was raining like mad and
    I was trying to outrun it.

    Must be someone who knows the name of it?

    B. Peg, Jul 28, 2007
  8. Rob Kleinschmidt

    M. MacDonald Guest

    Found it. Scooter's Cafe. Other one is the Rock House about one mile
    further east.

    M. MacDonald, Jul 30, 2007
  9. Rob Kleinschmidt

    barb Guest

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    buy my book!
    barb, Aug 4, 2007
  10. Took the route I described. 101 -> Petrified Forest
    -> Calistoga-> 29->53->20->45->162->Bucks Lake.
    Nice ride. Best done in moderate weather. Clear Lake
    was the hottest part of the ride, with the central valley
    a little bit cooler. Bucks Lake road out of Oroville still
    has a detour in the middle but is a nice ride anyway.

    Up at Bucks lake, spent Saturday riding with two
    friends. Lake Almanor, lunch at Mill Creek with
    an assortment of other back roads, most of them
    covered rather rapidly. A couple hundred miles
    riding windy roads at 80 +.

    Returning, I had one early morning near encounter with
    a buck that charged across the road from my left.
    Probably the closest I've ever come to a deer strike.
    Braked hard, steered behind him and missed by a
    foot or two. Good size rack of antlers that I'm really
    glad I didn't tangle with.

    I took 70 back fromQuincy and enjoyed the canyon
    enormously. Stopping at Scooters I found them to be
    nice folks. Had a nice breakfast, and found a few other
    riders to talk to. I liked the place. Stopped overnight at
    Chico to visit my son, then headed home the next morning.

    On the way home, I took 45 to 113 to Davis. Nice old
    farm roads, winding along the edge of the river, then
    cutting inland, making random 90 degree turns at
    the edges of people's property lines. I had to brake
    a couple of times for fat old dogs wandering in the road
    and once for a low flying egret.

    Cool overcast weather on the way back instead of the
    usual central valley furnace. Oddly, when I got out of
    the central valley and back to the bay the lifted and it
    was a nice sunny afternoon. All in all, a great weekend.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Aug 7, 2007
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