California Love: Finding Gold on CA 49

Okay, I’m just going to apologize up front. You’re probably going to get a teensy-weensy bit of drool on your keyboard. A quick dab with a napkin oughta do it. It’ll be our little secret.

Hairpin turn on route 49 california

Sometimes what you don’t see on a road can set your imagination on fire. Two pieces of the same road doubling back on each other? It can only lead you to believe that they are sewn together with a hairpin kink. In the case of this picture on CA 49, you’d be right.

curves on route 49 california

Wiggle wiggle wiggle.

And of course, sometimes what you do see…? Well, that can get your blood pumping too. As we descended into a valley heading towards Coulterville we were able to get a glimpse of the road we’d just ridden.

Riding on CA 49

This portion of 49 reminded me of the Cherohala Skyway in some ways. It combined tight turns and flowing sets of curves that hugged the ridge of the mountains. All of them cradled by the backdrop of beautiful mountain vistas.

Looking out on CA 49

This stretch of road on the map:

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Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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7 Responses

  1. Shybiker says:

    Whew… Gotta get out there. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tim Frazier says:

    Great pics! I especially like the second one with that ribbon of asphalt slithering through the foothills like some glorious ancient serpent.

    If I don’t get on some similar roads soon my head is gonna explode. My October 21 trip to the Talimena byway can’t get here soon enough.

  3. Stacy says:

    Great roads! The pictures ain’t half bad, either. 😉

  4. That looks like so much fun….and yes – I am drooling and I don’t care who knows!

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