My first choice for a side trip off the coastal route was a selfish one. For years, I’d been looking for a tiny squiggle I’d seen on detailed topographical maps yet never located. It didn’t have a name on the maps, but it clearly connected to Albion-Little River road, which was a great ride. Just outside Little River (just south of Mendocino), I spied the little street, nearly piling everyone up to make the turn. Alas, it ended up being only an OK stretch, not better than traveling on to Albion-Little River Road (cleaner, less residential), which becomes Comptche-Ukiah Road. For the loop, you turn south on Flynn Creek Road, then west on Highway 128 to return to the coast.