Nice ride and pics...Thats a killer hop...Ever wanna hook up for a ride I'm in the BA...
Here are some specifics about the ride:
Got up to Lake Tahoe by traveling through Livermore, Stockton and Jackson via CA-84, Vasco Rd, CA-4, CA-88, CA-89 then US-50. On Vasco road was my first encounter with interim highway resurfacing work. The best stretch was CA-88 which goes through Eldorado National Forest with spectacular scenery combined with twisties. Early on my ride on Vasco Rd the asphalt was ground off for nearly 10 miles leaving groves on the surface. It was not fun especially with impatient cars wanting to pass. I stopped at Kirkwood on CA-88 where I'd spent many years seeing motorcycles travel by and now I'm one of them. Spent the that night at a great Sushi restaurant in Lake Tahoe (Naked Fish) and gambling at Harrah's.
That night it reached the high 20s F in Lake Tahoe. Had a great breakfast and hit the road climbing out over the mountains on US-50. Proceeded to travel though Placerville, Auburn, Grass Valley, Yuba City, Colusa, Clear Lake, Calistoga, Santa Rosa and Graton via US-50, CA-49, CA-20, CA-53, CA-29, CA-12 and CA-116 respectively. My favorite stretch was on CA-49 which beautifully went thorough mountains and forests without traffic! You set your own pace. The least favorite was the stretch into Calistoga via 10 miles of hairpin turns in the late afternoon sun with much traffic and tar snakes on the road (was glad that was behind me).
Stayed the night with a friend in Graton (Russian River area) among the counter culture folks where agriculture is not corn but medical cannabis (aka medicinal marijuana). The town has seen its better days but according to my friend says it is making a come back.
The next day the wind was up which isn't a good thing when riding on the coast. Traveled through the Russian River area, Guerneville, Bodega Bay, Muir Beach, Sausalito, San Francisco then home via CA-116, US-1 and finally US-280. The Russian River area is a great ride with everything from forests, rivers, mountains and the Pacific coast.