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I am a frequent flyer here in Southern California --- Ortega, Angeles Crest and through Joshua Tree. I am going to ride to Laguna Seca for the first time. Can anyone tell me about 101 between Morrow Bay and Monterey? Is it like Angeles Crest? I am a cautious rider and don't think I want to plunge to the rocks trying to outdo myself here. Advise? How Long? etc... Thanks!

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I am a frequent flyer here in Southern California --- Ortega, Angeles Crest and through Joshua Tree. I am going to ride to Laguna Seca for the first time. Can anyone tell me about 101 between Morrow Bay and Monterey? Is it like Angeles Crest? I am a cautious rider and don't think I want to plunge to the rocks trying to outdo myself here. Advise? How Long? etc... Thanks!
Ummm....don't you mean Highway 1 (PCH)? The 101 is a freeway, with at least 2 lanes each directions and a pretty straight drive.

PCH between Morro Bay (not Morrow) and Carmel (next to Monterey) is VERY windy....sort of like the Crest but prettier. Think of the part of the crest up near the tunnels...that's about how twisty it is...then when you get up near San Simeon it gets straighter. You can take it easy and still enjoy yourself...just keep a sport-riding pace. There will be plenty of cars and Goldwings blocking your way so just make sure you don't get too impatient and whack yourself trying to get around slow traffic in dangerous turns.

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Just to add a few things to TrackTime's post...

US101 is the 4-lane freeway that turns inland at San Luis Obispo and continues north through the Salinas Valley. For info, the weather forecast is for 100s in the Salinas Valley (typical summer weather for the area).

California Highway 1 is the 2-lane that follows the coast from Morro Bay to Monterey. It's very twisty in spots, with spectacular scenery both on- and off-shore. Though challenging when ridden hard, it's benign enough for the throngs of tourists who drive to Hearst Castle. Weather forecast is for 70s along the coast.

It's about 120mi from Morro Bay to Monterey. Gas is available in a few places, but prices can be outrageous, so fill up first. If you want to stop for a meal, the Ragged Point Inn (45mi north of Morro Bay) and Big Sur River Inn (90mi north) offer both decent food and great atmosphere.

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One other way to get to Seca from the south is between Highway 101 and PCH 1. You can head to the San Antonio Lake area via route G14, connect with the 101 for about 1 mile, then bear left to route G16 which turns into Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel Valley road drops you out right in front of the Laguna Seca Entrance off the 68. What I understand from my bro, its a twisty road and no better way to ride into Seca. Don't get me wrong, PCH 1 is great, but Carmel Valley Rd sounds like a hoot!

FYI: Me, my bro, and some friends will be riding from San Diego North County to Seca. We plan on leaving around 10:30ish this Thursday morning. If you are interested, post a reply!

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Great responses -- thanks to everyone on this and YES, I meant highway 1 and YES I meant Morro Bay. Terrific ideas... I will already be far ahead on Thursday morning but thanks for the offer. You all helped fantastically.

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