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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/20/2009 11:03 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/20/2009 11:35 PM
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Take a “Shot” at the Whiskey Slide Loop Ride ~By the Pine Tree Pedaler, Brett Loring

by Columnist Brett Loring

With the spring weather we’ve enjoyed lately, it’s well-past time to enjoy that first bicycle ride of the season. Here’s a good beginning ride in central Calaveras County. It’s approximately 18 miles and very do-able in a morning or afternoon. Driving: Take Highway 49 to Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. Head east for about 9 miles until you reach Mountain Ranch. Park in the area of the Mountain Ranch Kitchen (it will be on your right), where you can also pick up some healthy organic foods before you hop back in the car at the end of your ride. On your bike....

Head from the parking lot across the street to the bike path. The path is just about ¼ mile long, but it’s great! Follow the path to Whiskey Slide Road where you’ll veer left. Head north on Whiskey Slide.
When the road forks (you’ll know it when you see it), take the lower road. You’ll be headed down for a while, and you know what they say…what goes down, must go up (or something like that)!
Head right onto Worden Road. You’ll be headed up some more but will get a payoff as you head to Jesus Maria Road.
Turn right onto Jesus Maria Road and continue until you reach Railroad Flat Road. You’ll want to hug the white line, but just until you take a right onto Murray Creek Road. What a sweet little road and by far, the best payoff of the day! Beautiful scenery and a relaxing ride back to Whiskey Slide.
Turn left onto Whiskey Slide and before you know it, you’ve come full circle.

Local Tips
Go at least 7.1 miles per hour and the bugs won’t hover around your face. We tried it when it was conducive to the grade of the road and it worked!

Finish your ride with a tasty bite from the Mountain Ranch Kitchen. Now this was last season, so I hope they’re still open! The burritos are fantastic (I had to go back the next day for another!).

In a Nutshell
Right onto Mountain Ranch Road
Left onto Whiskey Slide
Right onto Worden Road
Right onto Jesus Maria
Right onto Railroad Flat Road
Right onto Murray Creek Road
Left onto Whiskey Slide
Right onto Mountain Ranch Road
And you’re done – ta daa!

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