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post #1 of 19 Old 09-29-2014, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Calling ALL California Natives! (Honeymoon Advice)

So guys I'm having a wedding next Septermber, 2015. I'm pretty stoked for the honeymoon, but really need some knowledge and advice. We're going to be doing a tour of the California coast, all along Rt. 1, from San Francisco to San Diego. The plan is to fly out to SF airport, get in touch with Eaglerider, and rent a bike to ride down south. We're thinking on flying out Thursday the 24th, and heading home Monday Oct. 5th. That would leave us 10 full days of riding and 2 days for logistical things such as flights, returning the bikes, rental car, etc.

So my first question is, is 10 days enough to fully enjoy the trip? I may be able to squeeze another 2 or 3 into it if it's really worth it. It looks like it's about 550-600 miles down the coast, depending which exact route you take. Ideally we would like to keep riding down to 100 miles or less per day.

Question two is, what are some of the overnight cities or towns that are a MUST? any that are worth staying multiple days? For overnight stays, the list so far is SF, Carmel, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara. We still need a few more.

Has anyone done a trip like this? What are your regrets, and what was a definite must-see or do. I'd love some of the veteran riders' input.
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THere are many touristy points along the way. Cambria, Morro Bay, etc. Lots to see a bit inland too. Like all the wineries near Paso Robles. 10 days to do 600 miles should leave time for activities. Check with your local Auto Club, if a member, for travel suggestions.
Since you are not limited to a weekend trip the traffic should be less irritation. You will be traveling after school is back in session so the will be a bonus...no vacationing families. Just bring a fat, paid up credit card, it ain't cheap.
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very much worth the trip. I have done this and all of it is beautiful. for bike rental you might try Dubbelju (spelling not guaranteed ) in S.F. they are located in almost downtown and were very good for me. if you have time Yosemite is worth it. just turn around before you get into L.A as there was nothing south worth the ride. just my opinion.
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As notacop stated, the cities mentioned are very expensive to stay in. If finances are a factor, consider overnighting in outlying cities. Yosemity NP is a must and traveling north through Sequoia NF to get there would be a preferred route. I've ridden Hwy 1 from the bay are to LA and back Hwy 5 in one day with no sight seeing, and think that a day in SF and Carmel and a half day in SB and big Sur would be plenty. Personally I would prefer to take in the spledure of our National Parks and Forrests here such as Yosemity and a Death Valley, and with a few additional miles per day and some planning, could be incorporated into your schedule. Either way, you will enjoy the diversity that Ca. has to offer.

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looked up Dubbelju, and I think that's going to be the way to go. Seems like it will be significantly cheaper, and they have a couple cool bikes that Eaglerider didn't have. I also like how they keep things simple. No "VIP" packages or confusing tiers of coverage. Our total budget for the trip is about $5000, but after breaking down the cost of things it looks like 10 days won't be possible. thinking about dropping the trip to 8 riding days, 2 travel and misc. days.

I'm starting to think keeping the ride a little more north is the way to go. Maybe start in SF, head up to Arcata and the redwoods, and then turn around and head south down the coast. I don't have a strong urge to visit LA, and now that you guys recommend avoiding the south it sounds even less appealing. SF-Arcata-Santa Barbara is what I'm thinking now, with overnight towns in between. Definitely don't care to stay in 5 star hotels the whole trip. Maybe ONE night would be fun, but the wife and I much prefer smaller, more genuine bed and breakfast type lodging. I'm glad I started this thread now, it seems there is still a lot I have to sort out lol.

As for bikes, what sounds appealing? Here's a link to Dubbelju's inventory. The Electra Glide is looking like the yacht of choice so far. Or there's the Wee, which would feel right at home...

http://www.dubbelju.com/Bikes-for-Rent.htm
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looked up Dubbelju, and I think that's going to be the way to go. Seems like it will be significantly cheaper, and they have a couple cool bikes that Eaglerider didn't have. I also like how they keep things simple. No "VIP" packages or confusing tiers of coverage. Our total budget for the trip is about $5000, but after breaking down the cost of things it looks like 10 days won't be possible. thinking about dropping the trip to 8 riding days, 2 travel and misc. days.

I'm starting to think keeping the ride a little more north is the way to go. Maybe start in SF, head up to Arcata and the redwoods, and then turn around and head south down the coast. I don't have a strong urge to visit LA, and now that you guys recommend avoiding the south it sounds even less appealing. SF-Arcata-Santa Barbara is what I'm thinking now, with overnight towns in between. Definitely don't care to stay in 5 star hotels the whole trip. Maybe ONE night would be fun, but the wife and I much prefer smaller, more genuine bed and breakfast type lodging. I'm glad I started this thread now, it seems there is still a lot I have to sort out lol.

As for bikes, what sounds appealing? Here's a link to Dubbelju's inventory. The Electra Glide is looking like the yacht of choice so far. Or there's the Wee, which would feel right at home...

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Guys are right, LA sucks as does the travel south to San Diego but there are a ton of interesting things along the way if you like museums and POI's.
There is a whale watching station at Palos Verdes but that is probably the wrong time of year. I've seen the whale cavort in Hawaii, they don't do dat along the So Cal
coast. They low ride past here.
Going North from SF will allow a visit to the Wine Country of Napa/Sonoma. Very scenic and romantic, especially with the special bottle of wine.
Going up to Eureka along 101 through the Redwoods would be good. Going South from there through Ferndale to the start of the Lost Coast is interesting.
Then you can drop down to the coast and Hwy1 and head back to SF. Heading further South from SF to San Luis Obispo is good too. One cool thing a bit further South is going out to Jalama beach for a burger. Neat beach. Great burgers. You can reserve the camping cabins but all else is first come/first served. There are a couple places, Solvand being one, at the Southern end that has some tourist appeal. Good wineries in the area too.

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North to the redwoods is a great idea. The roads are slow, so allow plenty of time, anywhere along the coast. South of SF is the Hurst Castle, which is worth a stop. Pretty interesting how the "other half" lived. There's a wonderful aquarium in Monterey, too. I honeymooned in Santa Barbara about 50 years ago. Major rainfall. You couldn't even find the swimming pool. Underwater. But I digress......
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Going to be Newlyweds? Awesome.

This is one of my most favorite drives in California...

Highway 1 from Santa Barbara to your destination in San Francisco (imo) is the best ride. Beautiful coastline to one side, rolling hills to the other, the great big Pacific Ocean that seems to go on forever. Highway 1 goes down near sea level in many areas, and climbs to elevations a few hundred feet above. Spectacular road.

If you do go this way make sure you stop in in the little town of Cambria. You and your wife will love it. Especially her. Lots of charming places to visit all up and down Main Street. Stop for lunch or dinner at the Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill on Moonstone Beach Drive. Grab a table that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The ocean is across the street and only a few steps from the restaurant. My wife and I visit Cambria often. It's one of our most favorite coastal towns. The noisiest it gets is hearing the waves crash on the shore.

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Don't set a destination. Ride and stop at every place that interests you two. Plan your time to zip back for the return. The coast is great, but so are the Sierras, especially the east side. North is good, too. CA-1 north of SF has sections that would break a snake's back, and you'll always be stuck behind a Winnebego or a Prius at the fun parts.... The road from Crescent City to Grant's Pass is classic.

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