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CA 4 : Copperopolis - Loope

CA - Sonoma/Napa/Yolo/Sac... > California > United States > America
November 15, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Ebbetts Pass is 5 star, no doubt. It isn fast and much single track and in 2011 there will be many new and completed tarmac sections to make it even better. Visually, Hwy 4 is spectacular (as is Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass) and a full day ride from Sonora would be Ebbetts, Monitor and Sonora Passes.

A day on Hwy 4, Monitor Pass and Hwy 108 = some of the best riding in the state.

Hwy 4 has just about everything one could wish for. 2 lane sweepers changing to a fairly wide single lane and beautiful vistas, lakes. However, there is presently 4 sections of roadwork with new top layer tarmac being completed. The route will be even better next year. Dinna fret, the rest of the road is in very good knick too.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range east and west sides are polar opposites. The west side begins with foothills and slowly increases in altitude to the summits making for lazier, flatter and more open turns. Whereas the east side elevations drop off sharply, steeper and is more dynamic. With the vistas, pinewoods and steep single track, it was like riding Corsica for two hours on the eastern section of Hwy 4.

Half of Monitor Pass is also in a re-tarmac state and the waiting time can be substantial. Again, when finished it will be brilliant.

Hwy 108 completed the day's loop and the road wonders of the day continued. 108 is simply smashing.

Want a premo day out? You can't do much better than 4, Monitor and 108. I did 4 east and returned west via 108 but reckon either way is just as fine.

Sonora is the perfect base for this too. Best place to stay is probably right downtown at the Sonora Inn ($70) with very friendly watering hole across the street Zaneâ Ironhorse Lounge run by Crissy. As for eats, depends on what you fancy and just ask her where to dine.


UT12 / Escalante Staircase : Panguitch - Torrey

UT - Millard/Beaver/Iron/... > Utah > United States > America
September 2, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.6

great and diverse ride, this route really has it all-dense forested hills, desert, mountains. a few great overlooks and plenty of photo ops. plan time to stop at some of the national parks at either end.


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