I just got back from a 300 mile ride on this well known Hwy from Red Bluff to Fortuna (see "curves next 144 miles" sign in my avatar). There is construction on this stretch so I thought I'd give an update. The area under reconstruction is only about 3 miles long and is just west of Dinsmore. The road is closed Mon - Thurs from 7am to 5pm except they open it from noon to 1. Fridays are simiar - closed 7am to 3pm, open one hour at noon. However, it is open on weekends! There is one light for a short single lane stretch that only keeps you for a few minutes. It's the worst part of 36 that had 1.5 lanes and no center line that they are working on. So, if you take this amazing road on the weekends, you are good to go. And because of the construction, traffic is pretty much non-existent. Do yourself a favor and try this road sometime.