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SR-198 - Coalinga to San Lucas + ADD NEW ROUTE


63   in California California50 Miles Miles

By Joel Heckman
on January 1, 2010

3.3out of 5

2 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Starting in the town of Coalinga, head west on Elm Ave. As soon as you get to the west edge of town the road starts to climb and get twisty. Stay on that road the entire way. There are no turns that you have to make and you end up in San Lucas.

Scenery

Climbs up along the coastal range as you travel west from Coalinga to San Lucas. The higher it climbs the more wooded it becomes. The scenery ranges from pasture to forest. At about the halfway point of the 198 is the southern end of SR-25 which is an absolutely beautiful road that heads north into Hollister/Gilroy. About once a year it will get snow at the higher elevations but who wants to ride when it's that cold?

Road Quality

Roadside Amenities

There is not much along this road except for the occasional farm house. Just east of SR-25 is Priest Valley. Which is little more than a small restaurant. There is no gas west of Coalinga. And no gas in San Lucas (Head north to King City).

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on December 3, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

A great ride, particularly in Spring or Fall. I agree with the Hwy 25 diversion to Hollister. Or starting in Hollister and ending in Coalinga. If you pass through town and over to I-5, you can get a great steak at Harris Ranch.

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By Guest
on February 20, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

2.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This road can be dangerous for motorcycles during tomato and garlic season. Be careful or you can become a hood ornament on a Peterbilt. I would recommend turning right onto Hwy 25 and going into Holister instead of going to San Lucas (BORING).

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