The wacky misadventures of the SF->Google/south-bay bike commuter gang
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
5d5w #3: Calaveras Way
New, official thread.
Meet at 24th/Mission BART by ~6:10, to get on the Dublin/Pleasanton train departing at 6:15. Arrives Dublin at 7:07. Caffeinate/feed beforehand - no eating/drinking on BART - take a nap or watch the Sunrise.
Route is BART->(R)Owens->(L)Hopyard->(R)Las Positas->(L)Foothill- >(L)Kilkare->(L)Main->(L)84-SINGLEFILE->(S)Calaveras->Regroup at top of 1.5 mile climb->(S)Calaveras->(R)Calaveras at Felter-Fast Descent- >(R)Evans-becomes Jacklin->(R)Milpitas->(L)Dixon Landing- cross 880- >(L)Sidewalk of McCarthy=BikePath->(L)Zanker-cross237->(R)Holger- >(R)First-cross 237->(L)Gold->(R)Bike Path just past Gold Connector- >(R)Carribean-(R)Levee Trail = Dirt->(L)Bay Trail - whip U-turn after gate then left on Bay Trail Keep following fire road like trail to gate then left on Steven's Creek Trail->(R) Crittenden->(L)Shoreline- >(R)Ampitheatre.
If you want to go but don't like dirt roads, you can take San Tomas Creek Trail at Gold to Walsh/Kifer/Evelyn to Steven's Creek Trail to Google.
Last time I had 2:49 elapsed time to Nvidia, Google would be ~3 hours. We rode a brisk pace but waited for a regroup and then fixed a flat. I show 1,669 feet of climbing - for comparison Skyline is more like 2800 feet - this is easier than Skyline because there is a lot less rolling terrain and we actually end up at a lower elevation than we start. The one climb is 2.8 miles but it's a 3.8% grade - very similar to the Skyline climb out of the city. So if we have a mixed group then No- name breakfast will be a stretch, but hey.
The riding is very pleasant. There can be a little traffic on the North half of Foothill and the 84 section is a bit nervy. The Milpitas section has a big ass (TM) bike lane and is more mellow than most of Bayway, except we get to do the 880 overpass which is marked for bikes but always a bit strange. Other than that, it's either long obscure roads with no traffic, or bike paths. Give it a shot.