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Anyone ride the coastal highway form La to Seattle ? How was it? Can you do it in a week time and have time to stop and see things? What type of weather should I expect? Will be there in July.
 

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I tried it a number of years ago. I had 9 days and only made it as far as Portland, but I wasn't trying too hard to make Seattle the final destination. Made a few side trips, spent a few extra days with people I met on the way.

I did it around the same time of the year, I think it was early June. Perfect weather the whole way. No rain, cold mornings and some fog was the worst of it.

Seattle is only about 180 miles from Portland, so if I didn't spend an extra day in Cambria, Monterey, and Coos Bay I could have done it in the week and without the 2 long days ride to get home. It was a great trip. Tons of scenery that you pretty much won't see any where else. Highly recommended.
 

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Coastal highway (Hwy 101) is two lane, runs through towns with speed limits from 55 mph open road down to 25 mph in towns -- 20 mph in school zones. The open highway parts are sometimes very winding, and even if you can ride faster, you'll find yourself behind campers, trailers, slow moving vehicles. There are deer and elk on the highway in Oregon, Washington. I haven't done a lot of riding on 101 in California, but it's similar conditions down into Humbolt Co. Animals on the hwy. Slow vehicles.

Parts of the route extend inland. You're not riding along the ocean view in a lot of places. From Astoria, OR up to the Seattle area, the road heads inland and gets very rural, remote. Cell-phone service can be spotty.

I've ridden Florence OR to Astoria in late August when the fog rolled in at night and things got extremely cold. Temps off the ocean air can drop down into low 50's F -- but what chills is the moisture. You get damp and your clothing starts to function like a radiator.

From just north of Coos Bay through Florence are huge sand dunes. You really should stop and get out on the dunes. Mouth of the Columbia River has some interesting sites on both the Oregon and Washington side. Major artillery batteries on both sides of the mouth here, Ft. Stevens in Oregon. Cape Disappointment in Washington. Lighthouses, parks, viewpoints.

Probably a Harley shop in Coos-Bay. I can't think of any H-D dealers along the coast. They're all inland 50 to 80 miles along I-5.

If you're riding at night, gas is in Lincoln City, then Tillamook, Seaside, and Astoria. Lincoln City has things open in at night, but north of Lincoln City thing pretty much shut down around 8 PM. There are 24 hr. gas stations in Tillamook, Seaside, Astoria, but little else. North of Astoria you're pretty much out in the woods, rural, remote, provincial. Don't expect to stop somewhere late at night to warm up, get gas, shop for groceries or that piece of gear you wished you'd packed.

This coastal highway is very popular with bicyclists. It's a designated bicycle tour route. Accordingly, there are lots of tour books available, and they should be helpful for motorcyclists too.
 

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Route 1 from Los Angeles to Seattle is a nice ride. You'll see quintessential coastal California, Oregon and Washington. Here are some random thoughts.

The weather should be nice in July. If you need rain gear, it will only be in Oregon or Washington and it will be unlikely even there. July is a dry month.

Your main issue will be getting behind slow moving recreational vehicles, buses, trucks, cars, and similar. There will be lots of them. There are places to pass, particularly in Oregon where they have a lot of passing lanes. But mostly you are going to have a leisurely ride.

Here is a possible schedule. LA to San Francisco in two days. SF to Eureka, CA in one day. Another day each for Oregon and Washington. That's five days. Figure two extra just to take it easy. You'll be fine on that schedule. If that seven days includes getting back to LA, forget this schedule. It is too rushed. In that case, figure three days north in California, one day in Oregon, another day for whatever, and then get over to I5 and take it south at high speed in two days.

Now, if you like bridges, you are in for a treat. There is a nice bridge every 50 miles or so in Oregon. Here is a link to info on the coastal bridges of Oregon. Every one is a work of art. You can easily spend two days in this section if you like this kind of stuff.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOENVIRONMENTAL/historic_bridges_coastal1.shtml

So, what other questions do you have about this ride?
 

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I live in Oregon and ride the coast here all the time. If it is hot inland it is usually cold and foggy on the coast here. Bring rain gear and lots of clothes. Passing the slow tourist is usually pretty easy between CA and Newport. I would say ride the coast up, and take a faster road home if you only have a week. There really is not a lot to see between Oregon and Seattle (been said already just verifying).

The weather is really unpredictable when the road is right on the coast. The fog really sets in on the warmer July and August evenings. It can go from warm to cold fast. If you want some more info, send me a private message with an email. I will forward on to my son. He lives in Newport Oregon. He would give you some good pointers.
 

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Statistically July is wet in Oregon. The "dry months" are August and September. Summer of 2010 I got email from my nephew who was hiking on the Olympic Peninsula in north WA. My reaction was, "Jeez! What's he doing slogging around in the wet woods in the middle of the winter? -- Ohhhhh wait . . . It's July!"

Oregon and Washington coast stays wet and cool into August. The standard remark about the weather is, "55F and overcast, I don't even need to look out the window."

"HOT" on the Oregon Coast in the summer is 70F. The Pacific Ocean water temperature is about 55F in the summer, and onshore breezes off the Pacific bring wet maritime air inland up to the foot of the Coast Range (20 miles inland). The coast is "maritime" -- overcast, damp, foggy, cool. The beach is where the inlanders head to get out of the heat in the summer -- generally at least 20 degrees cooler on the coast than inland, and breezy.

Absolutely pack your world class motorcycle rain gear.

You can get across Oregon in a day, but you'll miss the dunes out of Florence. I take the Astoria area for granted, but tourists like to look at Ft. Stevens, the mouth of the Columbia generally, lots of freighters, shipping traffic, miles and miles of open water that look like the Fjords in Finland.
 

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I have ridden from San Diego to Crescent City... It was quite a ride, highway one is some of the best, although slow, riding you can do. Make sure to take your time, there's a lot of great places to stop and things to see just in California, I can't immagine what lies ahead in Oregon / Washington. Some friends and I are considering a ride up to British Columbia after the redwood run... So I might just get to find out.
 

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when you are going up Hwy 1 (not 101) and you go through Gualala, where my father used to live, keep going to just past Point Arena, but before Manchester, and turn right on Mountain View Rd towards Booneville. When you get there take a short right on 128 then a left on 253 towards Ukiah. I don't know if there is anything in Ukiah if they are not having some kind of festival but the ride there is gorgeous. It is far better than Tail of the Dragon in the Smokies. Single lane road with tight turns and switchbacks in beautiful scenery. If you get nauseous easily take a bag and mouthwash.
 

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when you are going up Hwy 1 (not 101) and you go through Gualala, where my father used to live, keep going to just past Point Arena, but before Manchester, and turn right on Mountain View Rd towards Booneville. When you get there take a short right on 128 then a left on 253 towards Ukiah. I don't know if there is anything in Ukiah if they are not having some kind of festival but the ride there is gorgeous. It is far better than Tail of the Dragon in the Smokies. Single lane road with tight turns and switchbacks in beautiful scenery. If you get nauseous easily take a bag and mouthwash.
I believe I took that route once several years ago. My girlfriend at the time's father lived outside Mendocino in a town name Comptche, we used to go exploring up there quite a bit... Man those were some good times, it is truly beautiful country up there.

Gualala is a beautiful place too...
 

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As a northern California rider I can tell you that all the roads mentioned in the last few posts are good roads. And that is part of the problem. If you just stay on the back roads of Sonoma, Mendicino and Humbolt counties in northwest California you'll use the entire week you had planned and never even get to Oregon. Now, that would not be a particularly bad idea. If well maintained two lane twisty back roads with incredible scenery are what you are after, California north from San Francisco to the Oregon border has more than several weeks fill.
 

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And the rain that hits the Oregon/Washington coast in July generally doesn't get as far south as California, so the weather should be nicer.
 

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Reminds me of the time I went fishing on the Rogue River, basically down the coast from Coos Bay to Gold Beach, OR. Friday PM, Saturday, Sunday, and got back home Monday AM. One hell of a fishing trip, and I never took the rod out of the truck!

Don't set your itinerary too tight! You may discover that where you are is where you need to be going!
 

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Absolutely spectacular scenery...Coos Bay DID have a H-D dealer in town...stayed at the Mill Casino...fun place. Sand Dunes...B!tchen! Cambria=awesome....all the previous places pointed out, one of the best rides i've ever been on. You cant go wrong...some roads are just empty and wide open cruising. Great food...Stop at the Rogue Brewery in Newport OR. Best hand made beers and absolutely the BEST Kobe beef bacon Cheeseburger i've ever had. Id gladly ride there again JUST for another burger!
Gotta love the"beerquarium"

Here are some pics of our ride: not that many, taken all over...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157602894852643/
Tim
 

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well, I think that's enough to get him excited.
 

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I used to live in Sonoma, I am from Huntington Beach, my mom lives in Olympia. I've done this trip many times, twice in December!

Here's how ya do it in two days my friend!


Los Angeles to Santa Rosa (100 mi North of San Francisco) along the 101 is about 9 hrs
GAS:
Ventura
Solvang
King City (Lunch)
Morgan Hill
San Francisco
Santa Rosa, last stop, dinner & gas (Get a cheap hotel here for about $50 or a really good hotel in Windsor).
From Santa Rosa To Seattle is one day too (7 hours) along the 101 & the 5 FWY
GAS:
Ukiah
Eureka
Crecent City
Grants Pass, Lunch(get on the 5 here)
Roseburg
Eugene
Portland
Olympia
SEATTLE!

See? It's not that hard. I do it on my Dyna every two months or so. I even broke in a fresh motor on this run last year. Only Grant's pass is hairy in fall with early snow, and of course the bay Area fog is ALWAYS there.

Good Luck Bro!

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I used to live in Sonoma, I am from Huntington Beach, my mom lives in Olympia. I've done this trip many times, twice in December!

Here's how ya do it in two days my friend!


Los Angeles to Santa Rosa (100 mi North of San Francisco) along the 101 is about 9 hrs
GAS:
Ventura
Solvang
King City (Lunch)
Morgan Hill
San Francisco
Santa Rosa, last stop, dinner & gas (Get a cheap hotel here for about $50 or a really good hotel in Windsor).
From Santa Rosa To Seattle is one day too (7 hours) along the 101 & the 5 FWY
GAS:
Ukiah
Eureka
Crecent City
Grants Pass, Lunch(get on the 5 here)
Roseburg
Eugene
Portland
Olympia
SEATTLE!

See? It's not that hard. I do it on my Dyna every two months or so. I even broke in a fresh motor on this run last year. Only Grant's pass is hairy in fall with early snow, and of course the bay Area fog is ALWAYS there.

Good Luck Bro!

G
I'm impressed. I know those roads. I would need at least three days for that trip. And that would be pushing it for me.
 
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