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Took day off to ride California's legendary hwy 58


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Hwy 58 is amazing and a local California legend but a bit of a drive from Fresno so I don't ride it as much as it deserves. I decided to take a Monday off to do it justice. With an 0630 departure, Hwy 41 and then I-5 puts me at the starting gate in Mckittrick in about 2.5 hrs.

 

100 miles of playtime starts here...

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Despite the fact that it's almost Halloween, it's still quite warm out. Ditch the electrics mid-morning and take a pic...there are gobs of curves like this on either end of 58, with a table-flat valley in the middle.

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58 is as isolated as you can get in these parts. Just me and the windmills...

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A different perspective...

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love that clear blue sky...

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oh and buffalo too...

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California Valley separates the twisties at either end of this ride. It's flat and if you're in the mood it's a good place to burn off the carbon.. Just watch the whoop-de-doos...

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Don't you just love signs like these?

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Headed towards Santa Margarita...I ran into two guys on Harleys. One was a Pashnit member who recognized me. The other just returned from Iraq. Hope you had fun, guys.

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The GT looks happy...

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Into Santa Margarita, grab a bite to eat at the deli (delicious sandwiches right there on the main drag). What to do now...I could ride to the coast and take hwy 1 north. Even better...turn around and ride 58 again :2thumbsup. It's that good...

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My favorite ever is Hwy 36 out of Red Bluff, CA to Fortuna on the coast. When you start on this Hwy there is a Yellow sign, with a squiggly line and an arrow--underneath is a sign "147 miles". No trucks and almost no cars. Awesome.

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Great pics. I live in Bakersfield which is right at the start of the 58 run. I too like that road a lot, unfortunately I have not ridden it in a while. I need to get out and ride it again soon. :/

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Oh Yeah!

 

I really like this picture:

 

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Sounds like Hwy 58 has a little bit of everything.

 

Thanks for sharing. . . I'm jealous too.

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I know that windmill and 58 well having been on it 3-4 times in the last year. The last time I was by there just to left of your front wheel you will see two thick vertical posts with the crossbar. There was what looked like a large dead squirrel sitting on top of the left post. When we stopped in Taft I commented on it and my buddy behind me saw the same thing. It is a vintage central valley California road. Said another way, simply superb!! Thanks for the pics.

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Once again, thanks for some good pictures. 58 is a great road, especially in a wet spring when it's green and covered with wildflowers.

 

Here'e some from the same road in the spring...

 

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My favorite ever is Hwy 36 out of Red Bluff, CA to Fortuna on the coast. When you start on this Hwy there is a Yellow sign, with a squiggly line and an arrow--underneath is a sign "147 miles". No trucks and almost no cars. Awesome.

I just saw this picture on another discussion board last week.

 

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And when you get to Fortuna, stop at the Eel River Brewery. Great pub food and a classic motto on their tee shirts: "Live naturally - drink naked"

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