Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: South Bay Area, California, USA
CA -South SF bay to Santa Cruz
I'm back into riding as of a week ago, and working on learning some standard routes to use to get around the South Bay area. I'm currently near South San Jose, and very comfortable with all the roads I need on a regular basis. That said, I'd like to ride for more than commuting.
My current big question is: what's the best way to get to Santa Cruz? I don't like 17, even in my car, so I'm looking for an alternative to that. Or is 17 actually the best bet, since other routes are much twistier? I know going up highway 9 to skyline is popular, but taking it all the way to Santa Cruz is pretty far out of the way.
Any recommendations on routes South through the mountains? Keeping in mind that I'm fresh-ish to riding (one week in after almost no riding for three years), and not terribly interested in going fast around very tight corners.