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Offline pedaler

SC avoiding hwy 89
« on: July 10, 2011, 01:53:14 am »
Can anyone advise on the route detailed here, , particularly the surface quality?

Pedaler  :)

Offline aggie

Re: SC avoiding hwy 89
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 11:45:07 am »
The road surface is just ok.  In parts there is a shoulder but in other parts there is no shoulder.  You can expect to see a fair amount of debris (sand, dirt, rock) on many parts as well.  The road isn't swept after the winter so all this debris is just out of the road traffic.  I would expect that you will be riding along the white line most of the time because of the debris.  You will also see a fair number of logging trucks and a few of the drivers think cyclists have no place on "their" road.

Offline jvacek

Re: SC avoiding hwy 89
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 11:26:30 pm »
Haven't ridden the portion of your route from Mt. Shasta to 299.  139 from 299 (at Adin) to Susanville is fine; good pavement, an adequate shoulder, and no traffic.  If you are headed south, there is a screaming downhill into Susanville for about 6 miles that compensates for a series of boring climbs.  That being said, I had no problem riding 89 heading north (although I did the portion from Old Station to Mt. Shasta on a Sunday when there were no logging trucks or other commercial truck traffic).  89 from the junction of 299 north to the Siskiyou county line is newly paved  with a big wide shoulder and a ruble strip between the shoulder and the fog line (except for a short narrow bridge across Lake Britton).  In Siskiyou county the road reverted to no shoulder two lane black top for quite a ways.  The drivers seemed courteous, however, and I had no problems.  As far as I am aware, 89 is still closed through Lassen due to snow.  Road A21 to the east, turning onto 44 to Old Station was the detour I took and it was fine.  A21 is a beautiful road through the forest, newly paved, and I think I saw a total of four vehicles.