Okay, I’m just being silly here, but I wanted to point out some corrections …
bearflag70’s directions don’t get you all the way to Sacramento on 101 (note lack of article). What you have to do is when you hit the 680/280 interchange, take 680 North.
After about 70 miles you’ll cross the Benicia Bridge ($2 toll). You should roll up all your windows and hit the ‘recycle air’ button before you reach the bridge; you’ll probably smell the refineries in Martinez. Don’t roll down the windows until you’re past Benicia, like where the highway curves and you can see the big open fields and the wild goose sanctuary.
680 will eventually hit 80 and you take 80 East to Sacramento. But if it’s Friday or there’s even a hint of traffic near the bridge, take the Gold Hill exit before the interchange. It’ll run along the freeway for a while before coming to a stop sign. You’ll see that you’re not allowed to turn right on Fridays, and it’s a bad road anyways. You take a left, then a right, then another right right away. Stay on that road; it’ll eventually head around into the hills.
Once it levels back out turn left on Chadbourne Rd. and you’ll be coming behind the Budweiser plant, and you’ll see the Jelly Belly place too. From there you get to 80 East and proceed to Sacramento, having bypassed that whole mess at the 80/680 interchange.
As for White Lightning’s directions (which, as said, are perfectly correct in the sense of being able to follow them – unlike the ones I usually give, which are correct in detail but difficult to follow)… It’s the 113 North exit. 113 South would take you to Dixon. 113 South is 10 miles before the Woodland exit anyway.
The third exit off 113 is Road 31, the street is Covell … I knew a guy who worked for Unitrans who was driving the P line and this elderly woman told him she had known Mayor Covell, and everyone says the street name wrong, it should be (CUH-vell, not coh-VELL). But I think maybe people just don’t want to confuse it with Cowell. I had some friends get lost for a while on that one … where was I? Going down Covell. Yeah, you take F St. and the apartments there are Parkside. Don’t park your bike there overnight, it’ll probably get stolen.
Seems as good a jumping off place as any … from Parkside apartments, head down F St. again. Make a right on Fifth. We’ll take the long way around, so you can see my old dorms. Take Fifth all the way past campus. Make a left on to La Rue – yeah, those are the dorms on the left. No, I lived in the other ones. Tercero. Uh, that’s Segundo. They didn’t have a Primero for a while, but they rebuilt it, and Cuarto’s off-campus.
Follow La Rue for a while – there, you see those buildings? No, not the cow barn, right behind them, that’s where I lived, except on the other side. After the curve, make a right at the stop sign. Then another left right away at the stop sign. That’s Old Davis Road, part of the Loop Road.
After the light, turn left at the stop sign. Then another right just after that, on to First St. When you get to B, you have to stop. Used to be you didn’t have to stop at that stop sign, but it got too confusing, so they stopped that.
Anyway, keep going on First and then make a right at the second light, under the train overpass.
Past the stoplight, get onto 80 East towards Sacramento. After you cross the causeway, keep on Business 80/Highway 50 which heads to the south. Then stay on Highway 50 when Business 80 breaks off.
Follow 50 all the way up. There’s a stoplight in Placerville, so make sure you slow down there. After that, it gets a lot steeper and windier. You can still see some of the houses wrecked in the mudslide along the river. Probably too difficult to remove them until they fall farther in.
Once you get to the top of the pass, it’s real steep going down, so go slow. Besides, you can enjoy the view of Lake Tahoe as you head down towards it. Then continue for the rest of the 3073 miles to Ocean City, MD.