SanFrancisco-Modesto via Skyline,MtHamilton,DelPuertoCanyon.
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Sat May 22, 2010 2:55 pm quote
Last weekend I took Friday and Monday off to travel south from San Francisco to San Jose and then East over Mt Hamilton , into Del Puerto Canyon. It was about 160 miles. Due to bad weather Monday I came back Sunday. Before the ride , I got a huge amount of advice on this thread:
http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic65410?highlight=modesto . Thanks to all. I took a route similar to the second one posted on the thread.

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After the 280, I got on to Skyline where this photo was taken. Skyline was very foggy early on, so I put on a high visibility vest for the section before Alice's Restaurant.

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This is Quimby road, a narrow windy road that was great fun to ride.

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Quimby road again.

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View of San Jose from Quimby

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Going up Mt Hamilton. Great Weather , not one on the road.

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Looking down from the James Lick Observatory car park at the roads I came up. I did the tour in the Observatory and it was worth the stop.

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This is the other side of Mt Hamilton. I took this on Sunday on my way back.

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Other side of Mt Hamilton again on Sunday. There was more traffic on Sunday,but still light. I saw deer around this point on Friday.

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Meadow area when I came down a bit in altitude.

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I stopped here because there was a bald eagle on the left edge. He lifted off and tried to scoop something from the pond. Further down the road there we boar, about a dozen.

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This is Del Puerto Canyon.

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Another shot in Del Puerto Canyon.

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In Modesto, I grabbed a Root Beer Float at A&W and thought about American Graffiti.

Molto Verboso
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Sun May 23, 2010 1:05 pm quote
friggin' awesome!
I need to hit Mt Hamilton, it's the last of the big 3 in the area for me to see. That canyon looks great. All in all, I'd say you made good use of your PTO.
Molto Verboso
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Mon May 24, 2010 6:40 am quote
Did you see the elk in San Antonio Valley, on the back side of Mt. Hamilton? They are huge and just wandering around.
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Mon May 24, 2010 7:32 am quote
One of my favorite rides. Thanks for posting!
Petty Tyrant
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Mon May 24, 2010 7:33 am quote
cipote wrote:
I need to hit Mt Hamilton, it's the last of the big 3 in the area for me to see.
You've been riding for a bazillion years and you haven't seen Mt. Hamilton yet? Oh, you're missing out.
Molto Verboso
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Mon May 24, 2010 6:46 pm quote
jess wrote:
cipote wrote:
I need to hit Mt Hamilton, it's the last of the big 3 in the area for me to see.
You've been riding for a bazillion years and you haven't seen Mt. Hamilton yet? Oh, you're missing out.
It's sad, but I guess I'm just a North & East Bay guy. One of these days I want to do the 3 peak challenge thingy
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Mon May 24, 2010 7:59 pm quote
[quote="paige"]Did you see the elk in San Antonio Valley, on the back side of Mt. Hamilton? They are huge and just wandering around.[/quote]

Unfortunately no elk sighting. I stopped at The Junction on the way, and chatted with the owner. He told me to watch for Elk. I mentioned the eagle and he told me there was a pair in the area. The eagle up close was massive.

One last thing, I'm on at&t wireless and had no coverage from Mt Hamilton summit (and I don't know about the ascent) to almost the end of the canyon, so factor that in. That said, on the Sunday there was loads of very friendly MC traffic, and when I stopped and had the seat up, I got waved at to see if I was ok.
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