Bay Area to Fort Bragg - Best Route?

Old Aug 21st, 2021, 11:01 AM
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Bay Area to Fort Bragg - Best Route?

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We're heading to Fort Bragg from Silicon Valley this Friday - mid-afternoon (couldn't be helped - trip mate's flight arrives then). Looking at the routes via Google Maps and AAA's TripTik, the normal suggestions are Highway 101 to Highway 20, then west to Fort Bragg. The route looks pretty curvy to me! Would it be a more comfortable drive to take 128 from Highway 101 to Mendocino and then north to Fort Bragg? I've taken this route to Mendocino before, but it was many years ago. I realize it will take more time but is it an easier trip for someone who suffers occasional motion sickness?

Thanks for your help!
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Old Aug 21st, 2021, 11:31 AM
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Actually I'm pretty sure 128 would take less time. Probably at least half an hour less - and its definitely less winding for most of the way. It does get twisty turny between Navarro and Albion. But that's for a much shorter distance than the twisty turny bits on hwy 20. I usually take 20 but that's because I'm coming from the Central Valley and around the north end of Clear Lake. Plus I have a roadster and LOVE the twists and turns

If I lived south along 101 I'd probably always take 128.
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Old Aug 21st, 2021, 12:00 PM
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Yes, I believe 128 is the way most people go to Mendocino area from the Bay Area. I think it's the more interesting route, going through Boonville, wine country, Philo, Henry woods, etc.
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I drove there from Healdsburg and did route 128, also, to Mendocino. Now partly that was because I wanted to check out Mendocino before arriving in Ft Bragg. I was driving alone and definitely do not like scary mountain roads at all, and don't remember any really scary parts. I don't suffer from motion sickness from driving, though, but if it were that bad, it would be scary (to me).

Google maps has those two routes as the exact same time right now, within minutes, so I wouldn't even think about the time difference. At least from Healdsburg.
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To me Fort Bragg is a huge military base in North Carolina. When I saw the title I thought this was going to be cross country trip...
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Old Aug 21st, 2021, 04:58 PM
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Thanks, all - Highway 128 it is!
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Originally Posted by thursdaysd View Post
To me Fort Bragg is a huge military base in North Carolina. When I saw the title I thought this was going to be cross country trip...
Sorry about that - I posted in the California forum, but I could have been asking about a route cross country from California!

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Friday is "getaway day" in the Bay Area. How had you planned to get from Silicon Valley to the GG Bridge? Most trip planners suggest 280 to 19th Ave. I hate driving on 19th Ave. Currently, there is a major construction project on 19th Ave, and it's best to avoid it..

Even if there were no constuction delays on 19th, I instead take Brotherhood Way off 280, to Lake Merced Blvd, to Sunset Ave, to where it dead ends in GG Park at Martin Luther King, then right on MLK, then left at stop light to Cross Over Drive through the park (stay in the right hand lane on Cross Over), and then follow the traffic over the bridge.

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Old Aug 22nd, 2021, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by StuDudley View Post
Friday is "getaway day" in the Bay Area. How had you planned to get from Silicon Valley to the GG Bridge? Most trip planners suggest 280 to 19th Ave. I hate driving on 19th Ave. Currently, there is a major construction project on 19th Ave, and it's best to avoid it..

Even if there were no constuction delays on 19th, I instead take Brotherhood Way off 280, to Lake Merced Blvd, to Sunset Ave, to where it dead ends in GG Park at Martin Luther King, then right on MLK, then left at stop light to Cross Over Drive through the park (stay in the right hand lane on Cross Over), and then follow the traffic over the bridge.

Stu Dudley
Yes, it's my least favorite day and time to get across the GG but my trip-mate couldn't arrive any sooner.

Great minds think alike! I've often taken Brotherhood Way off 280 to Sunset - trying several different paths afterwards - sometimes even working my way up to Lincoln Avenue (not quick, but more peaceful than stop and go traffic). To add to the traffic, the Great Highway has re-opened on weekdays but closes on Fridays at noon - dispersing more traffic into the mix.

Thanks for your help!

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Since I took basic at Ft Bragg in the summer of '67, that was the only Ft. Bragg that I was aware of so I was expecting a multi-day drive cross country.
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Thank you for your service! I have never been to North Carolina, nor have I driven cross country. I'd like to do both some time!
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