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Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)

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By myspace.com/lade1721 (2 McR Points) on Aug 01, 2007

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June 4, 2010
Just completed Red Bluff to Fortuna on route 36.…
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July 26, 2009
I was just riding 36 and hwy 3 today it's a great…
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Written Directions

start in REDBLUFF , CA . hwy 36 , going WEST ,towards FORTUNA ,CA . there will be no mistake you are on the right road when you see the twisty road sign that has " next 140 miles " under the arrow . stay on highway 36 until it ends in FORTUNA , CA . ENJOY AND BE SAFE !!! LITTLE OR NO CELL RECEPTION !!!.

Scenery

some pretty decent view's from higher elevations , also goes through the redwood forest ... but you won't have much time to take your eyes off the twisties anyway!!!

Drive Enjoyment

most likely the craziest elevation changes you will ever see (in the eastern portion from red bluff ,CA ) . truly resembles a rollercoaster in spots . this road is 140 miles of twisty heaven ,I'm not kidding !! very good road surface ,though it does get a little rough in spots farther west, and the center line briefly disappears for a few miles farther west . lots of places with out guardrails ,and long drops ,so be careful!!! every road will seem very trivial after you ride this. this 140 miles will take around 4 hours to do.

Note: BE SAFE BE SAFE BE SAFE !!!! most roads we travel don't do anything too "weird" . this is the exception .this road ( mainly on the eastern portion ,first 20 or so miles ) will have you going up a hill , making a right at the top ,and before you can even see over the crest , as your still turning right ,the road goes left .serious. after the rollercoaster road has smoothed out, its somewhat readable from there on ,but NEVER predictable !!! i have some pictures on my myspace page ,will try and get some up here too :-)

The perfect road !!! this is just a very small sample very nice turns

Tourism Opportunities

i seem to remember only 2 gas stations ( neither have super fill waaay up in red bluff ) and maybe 3 spots for food . not much out there but crazy fun !!! Another view along the amazing Rt 36

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Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
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March 14, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
Just got back from Hwy36. I ride about 35000-40000 miles a year and Hwy 36 was probably the best CA road I have ridden. Lost some metal on the floor boards and sow some great sites. One caution, west side of road has about 5 miles of no lines, guard rails, and very narrow. Add that to the speeding locals and watch out. If you ride, ride 36.
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March 25, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I've done 20K miles in Southern CA and this was the best stretch. I always tell anyone looking for an epic ride. Suggest mounting a video camera to your handlebars to capture the roller coaster moments. The twisties are the most 3-dimensional sensation you can find. 140 miles is around the limit for most bikes on fuel mileage so make sure you top it off before you enter. I rode west to east and came into Red Bluff on fumes...really thought I would be stopping at a farm house to beg. Very few fuel options along the stretch so stop where you can. Gotta try it!
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July 27, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
I rode this, great road as mentioned but one (of many) things to watch for is none of the curves have "speed suggestion" signs, so every corner is a bit of a guess. Just have fun but don't push it too hard. I rode 299, south at 3 to 36, then back west to Fortuna. Goes through tight, dark redwood forest, I chased a truck that was feeling feisty, quite fun!

Also, when I went in July 2012, there was a section in the middle that was tree-covered, very dark and Deal's Gap-ish and had NO painted lines, makes it hard to gauge where you are in the road! Again, don't ride at your limit but wow, great road!
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