Warm-Up Ride for Upcoming Cross-Country
King City, Ivanhoe, Raisin City
April 19, 2006
|Route Overview and Start:
Trip / Odometer / Time:
104.6 / 29,302 / 7:45
Been a while since weather was conducive to a good ride.
Headed South East on Hwy-85 then South on Hwy-101
Burger King for breakfast. Yummy. A stop along my standard
coffee shift from here to there purpose on these rides.
Post Office: 100 Maple St.
From King City, I headed South for about 5 miles to pick up Hwy-198. There's a little town of San Lucas
that shows up on all my maps, so I thought I'd explore and fuel up there since there are no opportunities
for a very long time along 198. San Lucas turns out to be about 400 souls evidently none of whom have
need for a gasoline station.
A bit of back-track found me at a
Valero along 101 South of King City. While gassing up, a
|Fresno County Line
Hwy-198 between Hwy-101 and Hwy-5 winds through some
very pretty (this time of year anyway) rolling country. Nothing for
miles but scrub brush and a few cows. In 2004 when I went through
here, it was September and everything was brown. This year, it
being April during a wet Spring, there is a lot of green. Much nicer.
Along the way is where Monterey County and Fresno County
|Hanford, Kings County
Further East on Hwy-198, almost to Hwy-99 is the town of
Hanford. This is the county seat for Kings County. There is a
big campus of county buildings all very nice. It's just that they seem
to think that you should know where you are. None of the buildings
actually say "Kings County" on them. Of course, I need that for
my ABC photos. Finally, I was able to take my photo in front of
the sheriff's office. Thanks Allan.
King City and Kings
County is an instance of a city and county
Just the other side of Visalia, this is a little Steinbeck kind of town.
Everyone you see is Hispanic and agriculturally related in some
way or another. There seems to be very little wealth in the town.
It took me a while to find the post office. I did find
a city limit
Mandatory stop at the Visalia Harley Davidson dealer. Of course,
I left there with my wallet lighter by the cost of a t-shirt.
Yep, that's really the name of the place. And, it's very
appropriate. Surrounded by literally 100's of square miles of
grape vines. I'm guessing raisin and table grapes.
W. Manning Avenue West of Hwy-99. Very tiny little town.
The post office, although I've never before seen it, seems very
Yep, this is the town that named it all. Strange though, it being only
about 6,000 in population.
Bugs are getting pretty thick on the
windshield. I've already cleaned
How do you pronounce this? I know that 'bough' is a homonym
for 'bow', is 'baugh' pronounced the same or maybe more like 'bah'?
In any case, a sort of standard, small valley town. Perhaps a
|From here, I had had enough. I
headed over to Hwy-5, up to Hwy-152, over to Gilroy. Up
with a fill-up in Morgan Hill and then continued up 101 to Hwy-85 and...
Finally, home! 26.7 / 29,781 / 7:10
Safely in the garage, Lola is in bad need of a bath!
First long ride this year and my body
feels like it went
Cities: I, K, R, and replaced F,
Counties: F, K
Total: 479 miles, 10 hours 25 minutes
Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011 04:23:35 PM