Surf Motel And Gardens Offers Motorcyclists Access To Roads That Defy The Senses

FORT BRAGG, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ - The scenic roads of Mendocino County, from giant redwoods to ruggedly beautiful coastline, are a motorcycle rider's paradise and the seaside town of Fort Bragg, California the ultimate destination. One avid rider said its roads "defy the senses ... with endless twists and turns."

With that in mind, Surf Motel and Gardens is offering motorcyclists special rates to stay at his renovated lodge with expansive gardens: 10 percent off the AAA rate (the lowest rate); an additional discount will be offered for groups of 10 riders or more.

"We are centrally located, near the junction of Highways 1 and 20, and offer a area for large group barbecues and picnics," explained owner Govind Reddy, whose motel is just a few blocks from the ocean.

For many local clubs, Fort Bragg is the site of at least one major outing each year. Typically, a major ride is a three-day event that includes the first day trip to Fort Bragg and a second-day ride of 70-100 miles, followed by an evening club meeting, barbecue and party. The final day is a shorter Coast ride before returning home.

They come from Germany, Great Britain, France, and Japan in search of America's most scenic roads and make Fort Bragg their headquarters for awe-inspiring motorcycle rides with ocean views and redwood forests.

Both on and off-road enthusiasts from around the world - many post-retirement baby boomers - fly into San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento where they rent motorcycles for the 3-hour trip to the Mendocino Coast in Northern California.

According to, a popular motorcycle tours site, "A few minutes north of Fort Bragg is a 22-mile stretch of Hwy 1 that defies the senses. Riders are often befuddled that such a road could even exist! Perfect tarmac, light traffic, and endless twists and turns as we ride up and over two mountain ranges arriving in the midst of a Redwood Forest."

Prime riding time on the Mendocino Coast is from February to October. Except for the rainiest days, the Coast is considered an ideal spot for year-around riding because of the temperate climate where temperatures average mid-fifties (12C-13C) summer, fall and winter.