Review of Pacific Coast Route Section 3
A customer from New York, NY USA on 10/26/11
Overall very good, and essential for the many times I got no cellular service in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.
In Eureka, the map specifies that you follow Waterfront Drive. While this is the designated bicycle route in Eureka, it goes through a desolate, seedy part of town. Even with the added vehicular traffic, I think a route that went through town would be safer and more picturesque.
Most important, Waterfront Drive dead-ends at West Del Norte St., and the map instructs you to follow the bike path that starts at the dead end and goes down to Bayshore Mall. This bike path is DANGEROUS. There are homeless drifters and drug addicts living in tents and shacks all along this path, and it is far from any public areas or roads. The path itself is in very poor condition, with deep mud and sparse gravel. Cyclists, especially cycle tourists, should not be directed to go through here. It's an isolated area and if someone tries to mug you, there is no way for anyone to see what's happening or come to your aid. I suggest you change the route as soon as possible.
My only other criticism is that the final panel of the map, showing the route from Francis Drake Blvd. to the Golden Gate Bridge is unclear. The route from Corte Madura south to the GG Bridge is complex and the map is hard to follow.