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post #1 of 13 Old 04-07-2011, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Is May a good month to visit SF?

SO and I are thinking about May 19-26. My main question is how much fog is around that time of year. We want to do the PCH from Pacifica to Cambria, and north to Fort Bragg. We'll be in a rented cage. I'm hoping the PCH slides will be cleaned up by then.

Can anyone advise?
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I live in San Francisco. Thing is, you just can't count on the weather being consistent. By late May until after Labor Day it "should" be pretty nice out but nobody should be shocked if it's cold and blowing fog along the coast. After Labor day, the fog goes away..that's our summer. Regardless, do the drive and bring a jacket.

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I agree with Doc. Best time of year is Sept and Oct. If you can not change your plans, it will still be beautiful just bring warm clothes just in case.

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Haven' you heard the old...

"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer San Francisco?"

It'll be fine- SF is beautiful year round. I was just the a month ago and it was great.

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Thanks guys,

If it never got over 50 I'd be happy, but my SO isn't quite as cold blooded. My main concern is being able to see the sights. The last time I rode down the PCH from Carmel, the fog came right up the edge of the road. Couldn't see a thing, so I turned around.

I see the highway is washed out above the Bixby Bridge now. I'm watching to see when it might be re-opened. If it isn't we'll take 101 south and come back up as far as we can before turning around.

On top of that, my beloved hangout of Louie's is closed for the summer for renovations. Oh the pain of it all.
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I was the dumb ass Canadian sitting at a SF Giants game on a fine 14th of July evening, in a light windbreaker. After all, this was California right? I have never been so cold in my life!
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Cold Coastal Waters do not help the Bay Area. Think they are cald the Humboldt Stream ?? I remeber days and weeks where the Fog would roll in at about 3 or 4 pm, that's when we new it was almost time to go home. But once we drove thru the caldecott tunnel to walnut creek it was another world, [ left San Bruno with a balmy 50F and for, home was 85 F and sunny] .

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The first time I ever did the PCH, I rode my 1150RT down from Pacifica. It was a beautiful day. I like to ride when it's cool. I turned inland at Cambria to pick up 101 back north. After about a half mile I seriously thought the bike had caught fire. The heat rolling up from the pavement was amazing. I stumbled into a winery to get into the air conditioning for a while. I couldn't believe how fast the temperature could change in that short distance inland.
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I live in San Francisco. Thing is, you just can't count on the weather being consistent. By late May until after Labor Day it "should" be pretty nice out but nobody should be shocked if it's cold and blowing fog along the coast. After Labor day, the fog goes away..that's our summer. Regardless, do the drive and bring a jacket.
This is exactly right. Unpredictable for the most part. Having said that, only SF and even western SF and northern Pennisula is cold/windy/foggy. Mega microclimates in the Bay Area and huge temp/wind swings to the North/East/South of SF/northern Pennisula area. Can be 40 F degree swings by riding 30 minutes in any direction.

Bottom line? Bring jackets/sweaters and don't be afraid to leave SF for better temps.
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SO and I are thinking about May 19-26. My main question is how much fog is around that time of year. We want to do the PCH from Pacifica to Cambria, and north to Fort Bragg. We'll be in a rented cage. I'm hoping the PCH slides will be cleaned up by then.

Can anyone advise?
This week we had our "first summer" (3 days of 75+ temps all the way to the beaches). "Second summer" will be sometime in October. In between, it's windy & foggy on the coast, hot & sunny inland.

BTW, FYI, and at the risk of being totally self-serving: the motorcycle rental shop in San Francisco where I work part-time now has an orange Wee for rent -- should you decide you'd rather do the trip on a bike.
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