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Old 03-31-2004, 01:23 AM   #1
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Here's the tenative route:

101 south from S.J.
To Highway 25 south (from Gilroy)
Follow 25 south thru Hollister and past Pinnacles
Continue S on 25 about another 10 (?) miles to Los Gatos/Coalinga Rd

This is a windy and little-traveled road that winds you through the Diablo Range (east of King City, west of Fresno) and dumps you out in the oilfields of Coalinga. Most of this road is one lane like Mines.

Once in Coalinga, we'll jump on Highway 198 West back over the Diablo Range through Priest Valley and take one of two possible roads off 198 west:

a. Parkfield Grade; a windy gravel road that will climb up to the tiny town of Parkfield and then on to Highway 46 or I think there is some back road "Turkey Flat Road" or something (I'll have to check a map) that dumps you down on 101 near Paso Robles or San Ardo.

b. Peachtree Road off of 25 that is a small windy road that I have only driven once a long time ago at night that eventually drops you out at 101 near San Ardo.

Once we're on 101, head south to 46 west and run it out to Highway 1 at the junction near Cambria. If we leave S.J. early enough in the morning, we can eat lunch in Cambria. From here, we'll run 1 north through Big Sur and Carmel and come back to the Bay Area.

I think it will eat up an entire day and probably run into the evening. Probably an honest 8 hr drive.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:48 PM   #2
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198 is a fun road
Pretty new pavement, lots of twists, hairpins, and even a series of rolling hills - or jumps if you take them too fast just watch that cliff - ah well.
It goes through what used to be called "Diablo Pass "but the locals got it changed to "Shepherd's Way"
Be careful out there as there be animals and bad drivers around the area and some yahoo in a rusty pickup might think he needs to show you how he can nearly crash on a tight turn in front of you.

Also, CHP use 198 to go between 5 and 101 as there is a huge CHP Station in King City(don't speed near King City - I'm sure you have heard it before).

County is also all over out there as there is a prision on 198. They sometimes radar speeders up above you in the mountains off the main road where you can't even see them until after you pass.

There is a decent pizza joint in downtown Cambria, and if you have time, a tour at Hearst Castle is pretty cool. If you haven't seen Hearst Castle, it would be a shame to be there and not go.

If you are around King City at dinner time and don't mind $$$ for awesome food, Harris Ranch is nearby with some of the freshest beef in the state.
You'll see signs on the freeway or go here beforehand:
http://www.harrisranch.com/

Looks to be a good driving plan
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Old 03-31-2004, 02:17 PM   #3
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not much interest though since it's a very long drive
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