Beautiful 65 mile road winding from the valley floor up to 7500 ft, past Shaver and Huntington Lakes. Sweeping turns, plenty of vista points and the occasional section of hairpin turns. Highly recommend fuel stop before leaving Prather, CA. Many small shops and restaurants for the tourist season. Best run from mid-May to October.
Great ride to and from Fresno. Occasional slow traffic on 168 going to Shaver Lake, but they pull aside for groups with no problems. Spring / Fall can have fog or mist conditions. Bring raingear. Gas stations along the route every 20-30 miles. Look out for RV's near Bass Lake. Oakhurst has plenty of restaurants to chose from and 4 gas stations. I recommend El Cid - lots of parking, great service and reasonable prices. Roll back south on 41 and you stay in the rolling hills until 41 opens up to 4-lanes for the ride into Fresno. 4 hours.
This road is the only route east from PCH1 between Carmel and Cambria. From Hwy1 it climbs and twists its way up the mountain giving the most spectacular Big Sur coastline views imaginable. On a clear day, it is stunning.
For the most part, Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is a wide single track with switchbacks leading over the coastal range into a winding canyon to the Army Fort Hunter-Ligget. To ride on the base, you must show motorcycle license and proof of insurance. The road has no police presence unless you are on the base and are US military, not State.
On the base there is a great place to stay, the Hacienda and value for money, excellent bar, breakfast but no dinner. Bring some deli eats and there are microwaves in the rooms.
There is a cafe within walking distance (closes early), bowling and cinema plus a well restored Franciscan Mission. A bonus is one of 3 petrol stations in the entire Big Sur region and government prices per gallon the cheapest in the state.
One my favourite rides in California.
Great loop through the hills with very light traffic except for the I-5 connector. Road surface is good, although watch for gravel after rain storms. Gas up near Hollister, Coalinga or hit up the truck stops along the 5. 25 is a joy to ride. Almost no straight parts, nice curves and only local traffic, but allow 90 minutes from top to bottom unless you stop for pictures. Recent resurfacing work on 198 between Coalinga and 25 and look out for the tree full of bras near the summit. Route is VERY rural but very scenic. Bring your camera. Lots of pull out spots for pictures or water breaks in the summer.
Great run through country roads, wide open double lanes. Watch out for tourists in the summer.