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dangerous drive

cincinnati
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dangerous drive

After reading several posts I am a little nervous about the drive up Hwy 1 from Bodega to Mendocino. We love an adventure and we are not in any hurry. Is it that "deadly" as some people have said?

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1. Re: dangerous drive

It is a beautiful drive.

There is something like 14 miles of it or so just north of Jenner (maybe Fort Ross) that has a roller coaster like feel to it at times.

I would only make that drive in nice weather - no fog, no rain. If the weather is shaky, head up 101 and cut across then on hwy 128 (but check to make sure the road is open if the weather is rainy).

This could all be moot however depending when (what time of year) you are making the drive.

As far as 1 goes. Go slowly, use the pull-outs (there are many), and enjoy the beauty.

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2. Re: dangerous drive

we are making the drive 3 weeks from now-end of february

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3. Re: dangerous drive

Well, if it is clear, then go for it.

If it is raining, check the web for road conditions info

sonoma county www.ceres.ca.gov/geo_area/counties/Sonoma/

mendocino county

www.ceres.ca.gov/geo_area/counties/Mendocino/

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4. Re: dangerous drive

It's a two lane road, has parts that are winding, and some curves that you'll be taking fairly slowly. Keep in mind, however, that thousands and thousands of people drive this road every year with no problem, including all manner of huge, lumbering RV's and trailers.

It's not "deadly" at all, it simply requires a bit of caution and attention ... probably the same way you drive through the snow and ice at home each winter!

Have a nice trip :-)

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5. Re: dangerous drive

The curvy, high-on-the-cliffs part of this road is only for about 8 miles. It doesn't start until a couple of miles north of Jenner and has ended by Fort Ross. The road is well-engineered and there are guard rails. Just drive slowly and enjoy the view. (You will think you are in an automobile commercial with a helicopter above, filming you.)

However, there is a way out. After the first climb and curve or two, watch for Meyers Grade Road. This is narrow, but not on the cliffs and takes you up on the ridge. After you pass the Fort Ross School, watch for Timber Cove Road and take it back down to Highway 1. You have just bypassed the "scary" part (and missed some great views :~)

I drove this road once in the winter in the fog after dark. I won't do that again !!

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6. Re: dangerous drive

There is no such thing as a "dangerous" inanimate object. No knife or motorcycle or gun or road or train or automobile or bicycle or airplane, etc., ad infinitum, can be dangerous. The danger comes only from their use, or mis-use, by animals.

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