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Old 06-29-2020, 07:13 AM   #1
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Construction on 36

Per Caltrans, it seems that 36 is closed on weekdays (except for a few hours a day) for construction for a few miles just west of the Trinity/Humboldt county line. Which means it’s open on weekends, but with - I assume - a stretch of gravel.

Has anyone ridden 36 lately, and if so, how’s the construction area? I have a new Wee that isn’t really set up for off-pavement use (no skid plate or crash bars). Are we talking 4-inch-deep gravel here, or fairly smooth stuff?

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Old 06-29-2020, 10:13 AM   #2
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I went through there a few weeks ago on my FJR. I think the gravel section was only at most 20 yards. No biggie. You can hardly tell it was gravel. It's been that way for a couple of years now.
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Good to know!

Caltrans website has this:

SR 36

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
IS CLOSED FROM 9.5 MI WEST TO 5.2 MI WEST OF THE HUMBOLDT/TRINITY CO LINE FROM 0800 HRS TO 1200 HRS & FROM 1300 HRS TO 1700 HRS MONDAY THRU THURSDAY & FROM 0800 HRS TO 1200 HRS & FROM 1300 HRS TO 1500 HRS ON FRIDAY THRU 12/16/20 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

But it sounds like the scope is much less than they’re saying.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:37 AM   #4
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Closed is closed. I went thru west bound on a sunday.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:45 PM   #5
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we rode through there on 6/22. There wasn't any gravel sections there anymore. Road crews were working on storm drains near red bluff, first time I ever had to follow a pilot car on that road
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we rode through there on 6/22. There wasn't any gravel sections there anymore.
Sweet. I’m thinking of a 36 In A Day ride from SF sometime next month.
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Don't do it. It's a road that demands your undivided attention. It is too far for a day ride. Have you charted out the miles. That's a really big day.
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No gravel last weekend. Open all weekend. There is 1 light that takes a few minutes between cycles, but that's it.

It's a terrible road though. No fun, too much traffic and cops everywhere. You won't like it at all.
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we spent the night in Fortuna and ride back the next day. That was almost 750 miles with the route we took. I don't recommend doing all that in one day unless you're fucking superman
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I’ve done it in a day before ... the hard way (coming back on 1 the whole way). This time I’ll probably just take 1 to 128 to 101 instead. That previous ride was 10 years ago. :old

I’d rather spend the night in Fortuna, but IDK about motels now, COVID-wise. Is the brewery selling beer to go?

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Old 06-30-2020, 06:53 AM   #11
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Hotels are open. I don't know about the brewery. Call either the brewery or the hotel across the street.
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Old 06-30-2020, 07:28 AM   #12
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The Super 8 is apparently open; I’m just not sure about safety. My husband and I are both in high-risk groups and have been very careful to avoid exposure.

I’m sure 36 will still be there in 2021 (and 2022, and 2023)...
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Not worth it for high risk individuals since there's a spike hitting us in Cali.
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I rode over 36 in August on a Saturday. Got stuck in construction just outside Red Bluff for 8 or 10 minutes. (EDIT, maybe a mile of gravel)

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