I've wanted to ride hwy 36 and the Lost Coast for a couple years but just haven't had the time to get up there. This weekend with my family out of town and no responsibilities I hit them both in a 3 day blitz totaling 1000 miles.
Friday after work I jumped on the packed bike and hit the dreaded freeway. 300 miles of slab, in the dark no less, and it was 95 degrees out. Destination: my launch point for the real ride, Red Bluff. The starting gate of maybe the greatest motorcycle road in the state and hence the universe-- Highway 36. Getting your pic standing next to the sign indicating 140 miles of twisty roads ahead is a riding badge of honor. Oh you will be mine, sign.
Here's the route for the night.
Once I got through Sacto it cooled off and the traffic thinned out and it was pretty much me, the moon, and lots of little eyes on the side of the road as I droned North. Thank-you cruise control. No suicidal deer thankfully. Got to Red Bluff around 11 PM and was shocked to find there was no Four Seasons. Oh Comfort Inn, you were my next choice anyways [edit, the Hampton Inn is better as I found out on my next trip a year later]. Out the door and on the road the next morning at 7.
There you are, you. At last I've got you in my collection, sign. And as for you SBR vandals, well you will have to live with your guilt.
It doesn't take long for 36 to get interesting heading west out of Red Bluff.
It's a crazy road, really. Who built this thing and what were they thinking?? Just a constant stream of tight twisties, connecting valleys, and amazing views that change from desert to pine forest to giant redwood groves and ends up in a lush rainforest. For 140 miles. And almost no cars. Pinch me.
The pavement is excellent and many of the corners are banked There are lots of surrounding roads worth riding as well.
Eastern hwy 36.
Took a little break in Planita. Not much of a town as all I could see was the store and maye a half dozen houses. At one time there was a platinum mine here. Get it, Planita. Apparently nearby Planita road is a nice side dish, I took it for a few miles but looped back. Already lots on my plate ahead of me.
Although the mountain range tops out at under 5000 feet which is nothing by Sierra standards, there are some amazing views.
Some more 36 views...
Right at the big triangle intersection (if you've been there you know what I am talking about) is hwy 3. I took it on a whim.
It was a good whim. Wow. Amazing. I rode to Hayfork and back and it's nothing but nonstop twisties and no traffic. Highly recommended and one of the highlights of the day.
A side road of the side road. I think this one was called 13 dips? Looked tasty. Another time, dips.
My bike taking a rest. I love this bike. I've had it more than a year now which is good for me. My last two bikes each lasted less than a year before I moved on in a search for that just-right ride. 24k miles going strong. I was thinking about changing to a K1300S but after using the cruise control so much getting the freeway behind me, I don't think so. I'm a wuss.
As I approached the ocean I could see my old nemesis fog. Didn't last long though but the butt cheek and hand heaters felt nice as I rode through it. Sorry K1300S, get some butt cheek heaters and we'll talk.
Trying and failing to make me cold...