Coalinga to Kings City, CA


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Coalinga to Kings City, CA

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Hello all, I was surprised to see that no one here had posted about the 198/33 yet so I thought I would remedy that right now. This road is a hidden gem along the west edge of California's central valley, the grape capitol of the world! The best bit starts as you leave west out of the city of Coalinga. We live near Lemoore Naval Air Station so this road is close and makes for a great weekend ride, so my young son and I loaded the Goldwing to take some pics.
Coalinga itself is a quirky little town to see.


This old restaurant, about half way up, has been closed for a while but still a nice backdrop for pictures.


Some random beauty in the middle of nowhere.


That's mine.


Friendly faces.


It is what it is!






So if you are in the area, or will be passing through the I-5 near Nacamiento, this is 52 miles of some of the smoothest switchback riding to be had in southern California. Enjoy!


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Re: Coalinga to Kings City, CA

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Thank you for the pics. I agree, great riding area... except..... My wife and I were there in June. East on 198 going into Sequoia Natl Park there are some switchbacks that are the most severe and steep that I have ever experienced. Made me decide that I don't like switchbacks very much.
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Re: Coalinga to Kings City, CA

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This side of the 198 is on the west end of the valley, but I agree some of the ascending 180 degree turns in the sequoia's are a bit sketchy, especially with a passenger.
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