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Old 11-30-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Easterner lookin for western ride advice PCH

Hello westerners from a Georgia boy. I'm seeking advice on your backyard. I am planning a in April 2015 thru Portland then down the PCH to Santa Barbara.
Looking for shouldn't miss off the beatin path roads, food, bars, campsites etc.
I know it will be chilly but I'm good with camping in the cold and I enjoy the seclusion it affords.
I know the Blue Ridge mtns like the back of my hand and I'd hate to miss the nice, small, less traveled treasures I know about here that you guys enjoy out your way.
I'll be on a touring bike with camping equip.
Thanks for any advice, and if your ever rolling to the Blue ridge parkway look me up and I'll hook you up.
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:49 PM   #2
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Don't miss this for starters! http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1024870\

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Old 12-01-2014, 12:00 AM   #3
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Highway 202 to Astoria.

Ride the beach from Ft. Stevens to Gearhart.

Highway 53.

Three Capes Loop.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:47 AM   #4
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Thanks guy. Great info. 53 and the loop looks nice. Thanks and please keep them coming. Also, is there a place on the Pch that anyone would say I should camp for more than 1 night? With good out and back rides I should do? Or should I plan on 1 night camps and making miles down the Pch. I will be going north to south.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:48 AM   #5
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202 as we'll. sweet

Is road side or beach camping aloud? Or do u have to be I'm a campground? Thanks
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:06 AM   #6
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Astoria: Wet Dog Cafe, good beer, good food, standard prices.

Pacific City: Pelican Pub, good beer, good view, eatable food, high prices.

Depoe Bay (actually north of the town) : Surfrider Restaurant, good food, great view, reasonable prices.



And I forgot to mention, at the south end of 53, don't get back on 101. Instead, take Miami River Road to Garibaldi, and get on 101 there.



And, be sure to stop and have a beer with us in Portland. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=215344
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:15 PM   #7
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Das a long road....how long ya got?

Lot of river roads for out and backs.

Dodge the weather also with some side roads.

You like race tracks, Cali has a few good ones.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:47 PM   #8
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Planning on 7 days from Portland to Santa Barbara. Then back to back 1200 mile days to home.
I can do with out the tracks
Looking for views, secluded camping, off the track side roads.
On a big tourer, gravel no problem, but off roading no can do.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #9
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Don't forget or not stop at Hecta Head light house, it is a must do, if you are there around 9:00 to 10:00, wait to the fog to lift, it is worth the time. Beachcombers in Old town Florence is a great stop. Hwy 229 to Siletz is a great little side trip as is the trip out to Shore Acres/Sunset Beach, (also great camping spot) and the back way back to Hwy 101, Seven Devils road. Hwy 199 to Cave Junction is out of the way, but super twisty.

You might think about a Coast, interior, Coast Interior way down Oregon, well worth the rides. One of the great ones is Waldport to Philomath or the loop from Siletz to Philomath (Hwy20) and then back on Hwy 34.

I been down CA coast and I think Oregon has better roads, more of them, less traffic (if you are off Hwy 101), but you have to pop back and forth between Coast and Willamette Valley.

It is all fun and you will have a bunch of fun.

Camping is available all along the Oregon coast, many many State parks.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:25 PM   #10
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BTW, should you find yourself in Downtown Portland with nothing to do, you might want to stop in here. http://kensan.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...mpian/n-fM72T/
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:24 AM   #11
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Excellent stuff, this is the kind of info I need. Thank you.
That bar in Portland looks sweet, I'm a huge vintage fan, have a Norton commando of my own... My baby.
I'll be bringing the bike out 2 weeks prior to my trip in blitzkrieg fashion( allergic to trailers) and storing at a shop for new rubbers and a service. I'll be sure to hit that bar then, hope some of you guys can come out and let a Georgia buy buy a brew for all this great info.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:10 AM   #12
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Super twistie is what I love.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:34 PM   #13
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All the super twisty is in California. There are some short stretches in Oregon, but nothing to compare. On the other hand, I find the tourist/recreation areas more friendly and less crowded in Oregon.
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:07 PM   #14
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Less crowded and friendly. I'm in!!!!
I really like the looks off the side roads already mentioned and will incorporate them into the plans.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:15 PM   #15
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Cali routes:

Ferndale/Petrolia/Honeydew/Mattole Rd (redwoods) to South Fork, 101.
Camp at coast, Mattole River, end of Lighthouse Rd, groceries in Petrolia.
Don't leave food out here, numerous racoons will trash your equipment for it.

Hwy 1 from Leggett to Mill Valley, will take at least a day. Numerous options inland as you approach the bay area, good depending on day/timing. Be careful with this if wet, Cali is known for its "tar snakes" in the roads.

Then over Golden Gate, get on I 280 south for a while to state 92, go west.
Choice now is high road (35 to Alice's Restaurant, then 9 south) or low road along coast. Weather may dictate route if foggy. Lodging is spendy in bay area, look at camp thread or for something else creative.

Marina is a good alt to Monterrey ($$), then the great hwy 1 south to Cambria, start this one early or as the fog burns off.

Call in sick, add 3 more days riding, you will want it!

You didn't mention your nav choice, map or GPS. AAA makes regional maps of Cali that are great for bike rides too. GPS of all this is a whole 'nother thread.
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