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post #1 of 13 Old 04-30-2013, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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First Long-Distance Ride

Hi, All -

I'm planning my first really long distance ride on my 650, and am planning to take the Pacific Coast Hiway (Rt 1) from about San Luis Obispo north to Crescent City, then take Hwy 199 into Grants Pass, OR.

From the reading I've done here, this is a once in a lifetime sort of ride.

My question for the wise among you all is, about how many days should I allow for the S.L.O. to Crescent City leg?

I'm planning for a calm cruise, not pushing things. I figure 300 or so miles per day, maybe more or less depending on traffic and scenery. I do plan to go through the Redwoods State Park, so will have to leave Hwy 1 at times, but hope to stay on Hwy 1 as much as possible.

This will be in early July (the week of July 1, actually), I'll probably hit S.L.O. on Sunday, so the bulk of that leg will be during the week. But the week that has July 4 in it.

I've never done this particular leg in any kind of vehicle... does anybody have any idea about how many days I should allow for this? Which I guess translates mostly to "how much am I going to get held up by RVs and other cages?"

The maps show this as (very roughly) 600+ miles, so maybe 3 days? 4?

Many thanks in advance for any input anyone may have on this.

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I've done Carpenteria to San Fran in one day, then San Fran to Gold Beach, Oregon the next. Would I do it again? NO... I would break it up and do at least one stop midway between each point. 4 days would've been much nicer.

The PCH is an amazing route to take, but don't be in a hurry, especially at that time of the year.

I'd say from SLO to Crescent City allow 4 days, take your time, enjoy the scenery. You'll want to take the alternate routes when you're going through the Redwoods also.

I'm doing the PCH again in September....

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We are doing PCH from Bend, OR to at least Cambria in September, I was interested to see this thread & would love to see more replies. Where to stay, we camp or motel, not picky. We're taking a little over 2 weeks to go down & back.
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We are doing PCH from Bend, OR to at least Cambria in September, I was interested to see this thread & would love to see more replies. Where to stay, we camp or motel, not picky. We're taking a little over 2 weeks to go down & back.
I'm leaving Sept. 14th. When are you leaving? Maybe we can meet somewhere along the coast for lunch or something.

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Your map guestimation is off a bit. 727 by the Map Quest on the computer. Summer is likely to have foggy periods along the coast. The temps will range from 50's along the water to 100 inland and the road to wander in and out.
Camping fees seem to be in the 40$ bracket in private camp grounds. I'd check the state camp grounds. The KOA by Westport was a pit.
There can be seal Lions or Elephant seal on the beach by Cambria, an interesting sight.
The Lost Coast (211) is worth the detour. A meal at the Somoa Cook House is worth the price too. Good little Lumber museum.
The roadway from Westport to Leggett is a lot of fun too. Perfect for swooping the Wee in and out of the corners. I followed a local delivery truck from Ft Bragg south figuring he knew the road better than me. Gave me the chance to be sure the road was clear and I could sight see, He went plenty fast and I didn't pass him for quite a while but saw lots at that pace.
I'm not sure the road 299 to 96 and Yreka isn't more fun than the road to Grants Pass. There was a good little pizza place in Happy Valley. The Dinner river boat trip on the Rogue River is a fun event though.
No matter how much time you allow, it won't be enough to see all that there is.
Get maps from the Auto Club, do the google earth search read the tour books, time's
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Wife and I were planning a similar trip, starting from SLC, Utah. PCH would have been about a nice week long for us, wife thought day trips should be fun and not stressful, shortest day in the saddle would have been 150-170 miles, longest day would have been 250 +/- . Terrain was considered with the daily mileage. We had also planned to stay in certain places for 2 days, be it rest or a day tour of some great twisties.

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I did a 5 week 8,500+ mile trip in 2002 that included that section of the PCH.

My advice is to go as slow as you can and take as many days as you can. It is a fantastic trip. The smell of the pines through the Redwood Forest is amazing. You think you are riding through a Christmas tree.

It is a spiritual experience. Especially for a flatlander from Florabama (now living in Indiana). Enjoy.
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Take Hwy 36 out of Fortuna to Weaverville, pick up 3 to Yreka and I-5 slab to Medford. Hwy 36 is the supreme motorcycle road in California. You can stay at the Gold Country Inn in Weaverville. I've never stayed there but it's been recommended.

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Did crater lake to gold beach to san fran in one day. Def. a two day ride slow down and enjoy!! Whatever you do when you get to the redwoods, DO NOT!!!!!!! Miss the avenue of giants! even if you have to turn around and go back through the parks and find it.

Some people are like slinkies, not really good for much but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
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+2 on the Avenue of the Giants. Not to be missed. Like riding through a cathedral.

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