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.
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?
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).
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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December 2, 2010
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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.