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Old 01-22-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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San Diego to Portland via the coast

Laid off and bored, I decided to take a quick trip down the 5 to San Diego to see my cousin, where the extended forecast looked amazing, then slowly make my way back up the coast. I have always dreamt of riding up the entire coastline, I just never imagined that I would do it in January.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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Best time to do it. I did in July/August a couple of years ago and was miserably hot.


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Old 01-22-2014, 03:46 PM   #3
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Best time to do it. I did in July/August a couple of years ago and was miserably hot.


Not to mention wall to wall traffic and RV's, full motels and campgrounds. I've done it several times. Dreams of Cambria, Morro Bay, Big Sur. I'm in.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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Do you already have a route planned?
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:51 PM   #5
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Do you already have a route planned?
Yup, as close to the coast line as possible the whole friggin way
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:55 PM   #6
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I picked up my 950 in San Diego and rode it back to Portland in the middle of January. It was beautiful all the way up Hwy1 and in the mid 70s in the Bay Area. Like you I was amazed. Glad you had a good ride
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:19 PM   #7
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Preparing the dr650



I put on some new brake pads, tires, tubes, handguards, ammo-canniers, auxillary gas can, trashcan windscreen, and did a complete shakedown of the bike. She was ready for action!!
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:11 AM   #8
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Hitting the road

Day 1
I woke up early, nervous and excited. The furthest I had ever gone was a little over 400 miles, and that was on a WeeStrom with a fairing and six gears. I was ready to cover 1100 miles on a dirtbike. Whether this turned out to be an epic voyage or an epic failure, this trip was gonna be epic.
I had everything packed, gas tanks full, time to hit the road. It started out fairly routine. Traffic was pretty light, the sun was shining. It wasn't until I made it a little bit south that things started to cool off. I don't remember at what point exactly that I started to freeze my junk off, I just know that by the time i was passing Mt Shasta, I was too friggin cold to enjoy the beautiful view of the mountain with all of the frost covered ground shimmering and twinkling in the sunlight. Wait a second, frost covered ground? Nobody said anything about sub-freezing temperatures. It is supposed to get warmer and warmer the further south you go, right? I really should have planned this better.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:49 PM   #9
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Go man go!

I just finished a similar trip, PDX to La Paz, BC and back. I slabbed it to Grant's Pass then to the coast highway. Funny thing MT Shasta was not near the coast. Did you make a wrong turn? Northern section of highway 1 is awesome. Once I got past Ft Bragg the weather was warm. I was on my GSA 1200 ADV with all the heated gear and I was only cold in the passes of Oregon heading to and from the coast.

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Old 01-23-2014, 12:57 PM   #10
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Well you are already laid off and you will be half way to Baja on a dirt bike. just a thought
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:26 PM   #11
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Well you are already laid off and you will be half way to Baja on a dirt bike. just a thought
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:26 AM   #12
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Somewhere warm

Tucked up behind my trashcan windscreen, freezing my ass off, I managed to cover a little over 700 miles on the first day. Not too bad, and certainly more than I would have guessed myself to be capable of.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:46 AM   #13
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Got my attention, I live in Montana and want to travel west then hit the PCH Hwy101 all the way to the Mexican border and back. Best of luck to you. I will be following the trip. Post lots of Pictures.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:55 AM   #14
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Tucked up behind my trashcan windscreen, freezing my ass off, I managed to cover a little over 700 miles on the first day. Not too bad, and certainly more than I would have guessed myself to be capable of.
700 miles is a good day regardless of the bike.

I once did Tahoe to Albany, OR on an 883 Sportster, and my teeth vibrated for days. On a DR650, that's downright heroic in my book (heck I did PDX to SF via - I5 - 199 - Ave of Giants - 101 in one day on my 1200GS and was tired as hell when it was over).
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:00 PM   #15
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Nice. Hoping to do the ride from boise Id. to Long Beach WA. down pch 101 to Long Beach CA. Then up to vegas returning to Boise. Looks like around 3k miles. Can't go till July so I envy you not having to put up with all the bs. Have a great ride.
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