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At a Glance Listen and understand. The Speed Tax
Collector is out there. It canít be bargained with. It canít be
reasoned with. It doesnít feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it
absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead broke.
Well, at least thatís how Kyle Reese would have described the
Terminator if he were a motorcyclist. Fortunately, whether you
see STCs as terminators, predators or just bungling kindergarten
cops, this piece of road offers some measure of sanctuary,
despite being a state highway. Thatís because thereís far better
pillage before the DH begins amid the barbaric traffic west of
Arnold. The route starts out easy as you pump your iron horse
through tight but basic reps of S-curves in the thick forest of
Calveras Big Trees State Park. But past Dorrington, it takes all
your muscle to ride strong and fast through the long, linked,
perfectly paved and sculpted sweepers that make this DH a
contender for Mr. Pavement and Engineering Universe. Scenery
accents are increasingly alpine and European as you climb. In
fact, by the time you reach the roadís more remote higher
points, the sparsely treed, granite mountains and ridges look
like something naturalized from Austria. All you need are
clothes, boots and a motorcycle. Hasta la vista, baby.
Submit your Rating / Review:
'The stretch to Lake Alpine is my favorite run in NorCal. The sweeping turns leading into high speed straights are "tow my bike away" invigorating! Last ride, in March (snow on the roadsides) ended with us blowing past a parked CHP taking a lunch break. He slowly pulled out, no lights and met us a the CLOSED gate past Bear Valley. No ticket, just asked to you know what.' --Ray M