Last weekend, the boyfriend and I decided to plan a mini weekend trip up to Angels Camp, about 2 hours away from home and just shy of Yosemite National Park. We heard about visiting Jamestown, CA and the caverns in the area, so we decided to head out on Saturday afternoon, spend the night in Angels Camp, and enjoy the ride down on Sunday.
Then we headed East via 580E and 205E towards Stockton. The ride through Tracy was disgustingly hot and since there was traffic due to a car on the side of the road that caught on fire, we had to lane split to keep cool. I would definitely not recommend riding through Tracy in the middle of the afternoon, definitely go early in the morning or early evening to stay cool.
Then we hit another bump in the road. There is ongoing construction in Stockton to fix the bridge that connects to Highway 4, so we ended up getting lost in the downtown area. We eventually found a road that was parallel to Highway 4, and after about 30 minutes, we were back on route!
The ride through Highway 4 was pretty straight most of the way, with small vineyards and dry landscape all around you. About 20 miles from our destination, the roads started to become it bit more curvy which was a lot of fun.
At about 6pm we reached the hotel, took a refreshing swim in the pool, and chilled for the rest of the day.
The next morning we took off to Moaning Cavern for a 45 minute tour down the 165ft cavern. Now I’m not claustrophobic, but I do have mild agoraphobia, so this was a bit more challenging for me, but hey, hindsight is 20/20.
We continued our route through Sonora and Jamestown, and took Highway 120 back West home. We didn’t catch too much traffic on our way back and it wasn’t as hot, but we were still exhausted from that ~300 mile trip. We stopped at Livermore again to cool down and fuel up, and we were home by 5pm.