I decided to try another RWC→MV bike ride, but taking a little bit less scenic route.
I originally planned to go straight down Middlefield, but found a better route through back streets along the "inland" side of the 101.
Today's route is in purple
These are kind of interesting neighborhoods that actually still feel a little more rural than suburban; part of the way is along a creek.
Eventually I ended up in Mountain View, came over Central Expwy and the CalTrain tracks on the Shoreline Overpass (if you approach the overpass the right way, aiming to go on the East/South side of the roadway, the side facing downtown, you can find a "secret" bike path that goes through trees and tunnels and avoids the whole Shoreline/Central half cloverleaf).