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justyforya
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Posted on Mon, Apr 03, 2006 06:37

As summer draws near I've been thinking about biking one of my favorite roads. Located South/ South East of San Francisco Bay its' a gem of a road that most bikers have yet to discover. If you mapquest Mount Hamilton, CA you will see where I'm chatting about. The road trip starts for the people in the Bay Area in San Jose. Directions - run Highway 680 to Alum Rock Ave and head East (toward the hills) on Alum Rock Ave. Go thru a few stop lights, I don't recall the number, and as you start up the hill turn right on Mt Hamilton Road. Easy eh? At the top of the Hill (the Mountain) there is an observatory that is open to the public during day light hours. It has clean restrooms, a water fountain, and a vending machine or two. Checking out the observatory is worth the trip alone. On a clear day you can see a panoramic view of the Bay Area. This road is very twisty and is mostly a sport bike adventure. Note, there is a local Santa Clara County Sheriff that lives up there, and he patrols the parking lot and the area that is visible from the top of the mountain, so don't speed at the top, and don't go up there with expired tags or if you were just highlighted on America's Most Wanted, because you will be ticketed/arrested. There also is a helo pad up there just in case you need an evac; don't laugh, a friend of mine did utilize that service.... The front side of the route is some what of a job for a big or cruiser bike, but I do it on a liter without too much pain. The ideal tool would be 600 or even a 250. Also note, Santa Clara County Sheriffs run from San Jose to about half way up the Mountain (Grants Park), but after than it's wide open until the top; but, you probably can't go faster than 55 on any section of this part of Mount Hamilton Rd because its' so twisty. The backside of the route, (continuing East) down the other side, will take you to Highway 5 (Patterson) or into Livermore and Highway 580. This section of the road, is called San Antonio Valley Rd. Don't worry about getting lost because there is only one road to the Junction, no s*** it's called the Junction. I've never seen any patrols running this section of asphalt, and once you get down the mountain, 3 digits speeds are not uncommon. At the Junction, there is a small cafe where all type of bikers meet; but mostly keeping to their own kind. If you continue East, the road changes its' name to Del Puerto Canyon Rd, and you will end up intersecting Highway 5 at Diablo Grande Pkwy. A county park is alone this way, just in case you want to camp. If you head North at the Junction, the road changes its' name to Mines. Continue running the road North until you arrive at the only intersection, and then turn right (North), and continue to the next intersection, Tesla Rd, and turn left to get to Highway 580. Going South (left) at Mines road will take you to Del Valle Park, which is also nice, and has camping, and showers, but is a dead-end. Don't do this trip if your bike can not go 90 miles on a tank of gas because there is no gas along the way. If you are on a big bike and don't want to work hard, you can get to Mount Hamilton from 580 or 5. Like I mentioned, most cruiser run the backside of Hamilton. Lots of speed, and even though it's an open cattle range, it's all wired along road, so the cattle are on the right side of life. Also note, at night and early morning deer will be out. Another friend broke both wrists avoiding one. Closer to the summer some friends: racers and ex-racers meet on Wednesday afternoon at the Shell Gas Station on Alum Rock to run up and over to Livermore. I feel the need for speed. Tasty


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oldharleylover
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Posted on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 02:14

been up there, back mid 70's...

just in a micro bus tho!



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Posted on Fri, Apr 07, 2006 07:03

justyforya hi nice meet you smile my name is andi i look your motorcycle is beautiful smile andi


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Posted on Wed, Apr 05, 2006 13:40

Hollister/Coalinga is another great ride for balls out speed. One day I will blog about it. Nice to meet you yellowrose


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Posted on Wed, Apr 05, 2006 05:35

yes I have rode on those roads, It;s a very nice ride, Like country in the city. Nice view of san jose, i was very impressed.two weeks ago when we had a none rain day.Hope it doesnt rain for easter sunday, the biker blessing in hollister,


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