Just wanted to ask the "Where to ride once I get there" question. We will have over a week to ride with Santa Maria being our base. Any suggestions for day rides would be welcome.
Take Hwy. 166 west from Santa Maria to Guadalup and go to the Far Western Tavern (http://www.farwesterntavern.com/). Great Tri-tip made Santa Maria-style.Also while in Santa Maria don't forget to sample a Tri-Tip dinner. It's kinda like a Brisket that they BBQ. I've been told that it's a special cut of meat that originated in Santa Maria and has spread to other parts of CA. :chef2: Damn good with beans, salad, rice pilaf and garlic bread. Gettin hungry now.
Another pretty day-ride is:Just wanted to ask the "Where to ride once I get there" question. We will have over a week to ride with Santa Maria being our base. Any suggestions for day rides would be welcome.
Thanks for the heads up on the Far Western Tavern. I ride that area quite often (Morro Bay, Pismo & points South/North) and just checked out their menu. Definitely will be eating lunch there in the next few weeks. Also saw that they are building a new restaurant @ 300 Clark St. in Old Orcutt, and will be closing the one in Guadalupe. Will open late Spring 2011.
I second the Jalama Beach stop. Tri-tip sure sounds good too. I've heard from people with us when we visited, and others who have been there that say the food at Jalama Beach is excellent. I was told the Wild Salmon burger was the best ever.Thanks Guys! My wife is from Santa Maria but things have changed plus she doesn't have a concept of riding a bike as opposed to a cage. Keep those ideas coming!
If you plan to take 101 back don't go to Castroville to pick it up!!!! The north bound traffic on weekends will back up almost to Monterrey (don't ask me how I know LOL). But take 68 south past Laguna Seca and catch the 101 in south Salinas. Or do the return on HWY 1 as well. Fuel up in San Luis Obispo on HWY 1 after you leave the 101. JMHO
+1 on the above. Weekends can be a real mess with the traffic, and very slow moving.
The ride on Mulholland is, indeed a good one. However, I'd warn you that riding it on a weekend may not be the best choice. There are a lot of crotch rockets out there on the weekend that behave like they're on the track. Not good! The Rock Store is an iconic location, with bikes lined up on both sides of the road. For out-of-towners, probably a cool place to say you've been. It has little else to recommend it, IMO. BTW, this is my backyard. I can be at the Rock Store in about 20 minutes.You have a week to ride around that area?? I *am* suitably jealous! :thumbup:
The locals have shared some excellent locations, though I am a bit partial to areas a bit south of there.
Stumbled onto Jalama Beach this time last year...wish I had taken that trip on a Saturday or Sunday, rather than a Friday after work...but I do know how to get back there - just 630 miles from where I sit.
Enjoy the trip; trip reports are most welcomed upon your return.
Suggestion: Mulholland Hwy on a Saturday morning...get a picture from the Rock Store Photo guy.
+1Another pretty day-ride is:
South on 101 to 154, over the hill to Santa Barbara, and back to 101 north to Santa Maria. Should allow plenty of time for lunch in Solvang.