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Old 02-05-2018, 10:57 AM   #1
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CA Route 46/41

In travelling from Barstow to Silicon Valley I usually take Rts 58 to 99 to 46 to I-5 to Pocheco Pass to 101. In looking at a map it looks like just staying on 46 would take me to 101, skipping I-5 and Pocheco Pass entirely. Is anyone familiar with this route? Would it be a better route? We will be driving a 38 foot MH. Thanks.
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I’ve driven both several times and I prefer the route to Paso and up the 101. Less traffic and the 101 drive is much more pleasant.
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When I lived in San Jose I always took 58 through Bakersfield over to I5. Then 152 west to 101 at Gilroy.
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Iíve driven both several times and I prefer the route to Paso and up the 101. Less traffic and the 101 drive is much more pleasant.
Thanks Nick. Have you compared the time for each route? Also, are there any difficult stretches on 46 that I should know about?
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The 46 to Paso has no issues, actually a fairly new road and fewer trucks than the Pacheco Pass. No climbs or downhills and as I said the 101 is just a more attractive drive. As for time it may be a little longer but nothing of consequence.
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Hwy 46 from Lost Hills (I5) to Paso is very good, still some 2 lane, but mostly 4 lane divided Hwy now. Don't use 41 in that area, not as good and takes you south of 46. If you need wine for your dinner, there is a large number of really good wine available in the Paso area.
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Also wine tasting available in King City and Soledadas you go north. Some pretty good authentic Mexican food in King City.
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Thanks Nick and Glenn and Kathy. We'll try it next trip.
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We travel from the 58 to the 101 frequently. My preferred route is to go from the 58 to the 99 northbound in Bakersfield. Just north of Bakersfield take the Lerdo Highway westbound through Shafter and continue to Highway 33. Take 33 north to the 46 and then west to the 101.

The route avoids going through Wasco and Lost Hills. It avoids the construction on I5 and in Lost Hills. Lerdo Highway goes through farm land so there are orchards for scenery. It is a 2 lane road west of Shafter but is flat and straight. We have a 39 foot MH and pull a Ford Explorer. At the 33 - 46 intersection is a service station with a large concrete parking lot behind where we make our rest stop on our way west.
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Thanks Capt. We fill up in Lost Hills so not sure I want to avoid that. I have found they have better gas prices than most places in CA.
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Let us know how it went.
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I fuel up in Bakersfield and then fuel again north of Paso Robles at the truck stop on Wellsona and the 101. If it is late in the afternoon, you can overnight in the parking lot.
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