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Hi, I posted this on the Canadian forum recently and received some worthwhile feedback, but then I thunked that you folks are located closer to my point of interest, and are thus more likely to have firsthand experience. So I am posting to both the North West & South West forums:
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I am planning a multi-week solo camping ride from Brampton Ontario Canada to visit friends in Vernon, BC this summer, then EITHER ride down through the Rockies in the western states, OR ride along the Pacific coast on Highway 1 from Seattle down to approx San Diego before heading across to Tennessee, the Dragon etc.

My question is re Highway 1. Is the whole coastal highway pretty interesting to ride, or is it primarily the approx 100 mile section called The Pacific Coast Highway down near Carmel. If it is just the latter then I would probably stick to the mountains.

Does anyone have any first hand experience to be able to confirm or advise?

Any help will be appreciated.
 

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The northern section of CA-1 from Leggett, CA, to Mill Valley, CA.....:thumbup:

The southern section from Pacifica, CA to Morro Bay, CA.....someone else will have the best answer.
 

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My opinion for what it is worth. I was born and lived in CA for 35 years and the last 20 in WA. I think you will find the area of 1 you are considering very busy and bumper to bumper much of the time. The most fun is the area from Oregon down to San Francisco. I would head down highway 1 and then cut across near Sacramento to the Sierra 's then into Nevada and then up to Utah ( the best riding in the USA IMO) and then go south if you wish into the Southern States , or follow the Rockies North into Canada and Lake Louise to Jasper
 

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I agree with happypauppy, Head inland when at the CA mid point, hwy 80 over the sierra Nevadas is fantstic, Remo / Tahoe is beautiful. The ride to Utah is boring after Reno. But once in Salt Lake you should head south a bit, national parks galore. There are a few places here I highly recommend. you could then go into colorado after you rode the hogback hwy 12 Scenic Byway 12 . Torrey next to Capitol reef, Marysvale just outside of Bryce Canyon. Zions national near St. George..
Outside of Moab (mormon wine country :green_lol:) Natural Arches
 

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I've ridden PCH/Hwy 1 many times. From Fortuna down to San Francisco is amazing riding, as is From Carmel/Monterey down to Cambria area. Epic must-do ride. There are so many good roads in that area as well, you really should check out pashnit.com for all the good California roads you need to hit while you are down here. It would be a shame for you to come all this way and ride right past world-class roads because you didn't know about them.

I grew up in Vernon by the way.
 

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Hwy 1 from Morro Bay is a must do. I live 20 min from Morro Bay and can provide solid info from Big Sur to Santa Barbara area if your looking for road advice , layover recomendations in San Luis Obispo Area. Others along your route can give advice for their areas's I'm sure. Currently the road is washed out( happens every few years- natural slides, but will probably reopen in a few weeks- http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/04/06/1551627/one-of-two-road-closures-on-hwy.html )

Are you looking for most scenic, , twisties, Quaint Places, weird sights?

Camping/ Hoteling? Nightly budget range?

From Pismo Beach till Santa Barbara county could be your "Highway time" where it cuts inland. Flip a coin for taking Hwy 101 from Gaviota and riding along the coast some more, and Hwy 154 which takes you up a coastal mountain range above Santa Barbara and drop yu down into that city with Great Vista's. ( or ride one direction down and the other back.....)

As for the Sierra's -- we've had a lot of heavy rain/snowfall this year. I wouldn't expect most of the passes open till late spring / early summer. Those more local to there can chime in. That said the waterfalls in Yosemite are going to be amazing this year because of it..........
 

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I thought you meant this.............

 

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My opinion for what it is worth. I was born and lived in CA for 35 years and the last 20 in WA. I think you will find the area of 1 you are considering very busy and bumper to bumper much of the time. The most fun is the area from Oregon down to San Francisco. I would head down highway 1 and then cut across near Sacramento to the Sierra 's then into Nevada and then up to Utah ( the best riding in the USA IMO) and then go south if you wish into the Southern States , or follow the Rockies North into Canada and Lake Louise to Jasper
I can't fathom telling someone to skip the Carmel to San Luis Obispo stretch of 1. Just don't do it on a weekend and you'll be fine. On a motorcycle, passing slower traffic is no problem.
 

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I can't fathom telling someone to skip the Carmel to San Luis Obispo stretch of 1. Just don't do it on a weekend and you'll be fine. On a motorcycle, passing slower traffic is no problem.
Most of family is still down in Monterey. I agree it is beautiful. The traffic is horrid unless you split. My suggestion was to see as much variety as possible in the time frame. The state is large and a couple months can't do it justice. It is a wonderful place to ride.
 

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Pacific Coast Query

Thanks for all the feedback; looks like it'll be coastal highway all the way. I'm looking forward to a long leisurely tour. Being a geezer has its privileges!!!!
Thanks again
 

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Brampton eh? I grew up next door in Streetsville. I remember when it was a town of 5000.

If you are heading down the California coast don't miss California's 'Lost Coast', a section between Ferndale and Petrolia. Deserted, unspoiled and preserved.

Another interesting part of California lies east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Thousands of square miles have escaped development. Mountains, valleys and deserts where the population density is 2 or 3 people per square mile (no traffic). Ghost towns, hot springs, the highest (Mount Whitney) and lowest points (Badwater, Death Valley) in the continental US.

Have a great trip.
 
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