What cyclist doesn’t crave a steep and winding road? One such route is the San Juan Grade Road, stretching for about 14 miles between Salinas and San Juan Bautista, home of the largest California mission. You’ll scale nearly 800 feet on road grades between 3.5 and 5%, first while passing the scenic Salinas Valley then curving through the foothills of the Gabilan Range, often featured in John Steinbeck novels. Get your intense uphill workout in, then enjoy the thrilling return ride.
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