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post #1 of 31 Old 04-26-2014, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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In about a month (June 1) a buddy and I are headed on another bucket list trip. Wondering what kind of weather/temp range we can expect. Headed from Ohio to the pacific Ocean and back.

southern rt out included Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, N Texas, New Mexico, Az, Nevada, and California

Northern rt back includes Cal, N Nevada, Utah, Wyo, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Ill, Indiana and Ohio.

would dressing or carrying gear for 40 degrees to 100 cover it?

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That ought to cover it. Don't forget rain gear.
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Howdy from just north of Utica. I made that trip a few years ago. You are in for an awesome experience.

It will be hot, cold, sunny, cloudy, dry, and rainy. Temps may get below freezing in the mountains. You need a good quality rain suit, and gear that will allow adding or subtracting layers. CO can be intimidating, and you will run into everything from 90 degrees, to rain, to snow, sometimes during a short period of time. The desert can be disorienting, so keep lots of water, and do your best to know where gas can be found. CA is everything from beautiful to a nightmare (traffic and air quality).

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40 to 100? Well Death Valley National Park can see low 100's by May easily http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisi...Climate.pdfand it is a must see. In that part of California and Nevada it is wise to top up when you see fuel. In the high country at night in California (Sierra Nevada) it can easily be 40 and below at night but daytime temps will be nice. Some of the passes like HWY 120 through Yosemite are still closed for the winter and sometimes not open until the end of May depending on how much snow they received.

In California don't miss HWY 36 Red Bluff to Fortuna.

For fun roads in California.....California Motorcycle Roads - Pashnit Motorcycle Tours Maps, Passionate Scenic Rides Photos

and....Lost Coast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and.....Avenue of the Giants - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Pashnit site now seems to be by subscription only. Too bad. He does include a teaser entry on the Mosquito Ridge Road which is one of the better (but not most extreme) rides around here, and one of many that make the "Dragon" look like an interstate. If someone were going to spend some significant time exploring CA roads, though, you can't do better than Pashnit's routes.

Strange year, isn't it? A week or so ago both 4 and 108 were open, now closed again. I'm going to keep an eye on the Caltrans website to see when they re-open. Some years ago I went over 108 on a Goldwing just after spring opening and the snow walls on both side of the road were really impressive. The road surface was wet from snowmelt, but not slippery.

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In June, going the few miles from 101 to the coast in Calif can be from 100 to 40 degrees. So yeah, bring all the stuff. Gerbings etc!
I'm hoping 108 is open the end of May so I can go from Tahoe to Mariposa. With fickle weather one never knows.

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When I rode CA three years ago, Tioga Pass was still closed mid June. The Sonora Pass was open, but still much snow.

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A west cost trip is on my bucket list of rides too. I haven't seriously planned it yet, but started a rough draft.


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A west cost trip is on my bucket list of rides too. I haven't seriously planned it yet, but started a rough draft.

Some of that looks like Interstate. You need to take in Utah and Colorado on your way back. There is some nice riding in Arizona and New Mexico, but not I-40. I would not miss UT and CO, unless you are planning another trip just for that.

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Not to poo-poo anyones idea of the coast but I've done it. Lost coast is bitchin.
South of that it's iffy due to the proximity to the shore...or lack of it. Summer has fog and clouds along the coast a lot. Local traffic is slow too. South of 'Frisco has the motor homes one loves to hate and more traffic.
Scenic in places and just suburbia in others.
The golden State does have a lot of little mountain roads that are a hoot to ride.
I'd suggest you Google Map any routes ponder and get a feel for what might be there. I satellite buzz routes all the time and have a better idea of what to expect when I get there.
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This link can tell you if your intended route will have construction or repairs due to weather...or closures. Most states probably have a similar site.
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