This group of young men traveled from Fresno, California via train, bus and another bus to spend the day biking around Santa Cruz.
How did these guys travel from the Central Valley to the Central Coast?
First, they rode the Amtrak San Joaquin from Fresno to Stockton. This is about a two hour trip.
Next, they rode the Amtrak Thruway Bus from Stockton to San Jose for another two hours.
Finally, they hopped on the Highway 17 bus from San Jose to Santa Cruz, where they spent a day biking along the coast and into the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Google Transit directions knows about the Amtrak train routes, but doesn’t seem to have the Thruway bus schedules because it suggests riding the San Joaquin all the way to Oakland, from where you can catch either BART to Fremont and then VTA 181 to San Jose, or the Capital Corridor all the way to San Jose. Amtrak all the way is probably the easier option unless you happen to know where to catch BART and VTA and Cap Corridor at various locations.
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This trip is a little more ambitious than the usual public transportation trips to Santa Cruz. Props to these four guys for undertaking this car free adventure.