Pacific Coast Rambling – San Diego to Oregon

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Mistress of the dual, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Is it just me or does the world seem better when viewed from a motorcycle?
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    When: Depart July 9<SUP>th</SUP>, return July 17th.
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    Where: San Diego to somewhere in Oregon and back.
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    Why: For the fun of it.
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    Who: Mike aka Baldbeemer on his 2006 BMW R1200RT and me, Zarah aka Mistress of the Dual on my 2009 BMW F650GS


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    We don&#8217;t really have a set schedule besides the departure date, the date we have to be back and one date to visit a friend I haven&#8217;t seen since 1976. We are just going to ramble our way up the coast and see some sights as we go along. We will be sticking to tarmac since Mike&#8217;s R1200RT is not very capable in dirt and I&#8217;m not very capable at riding in dirt on my F650GS. We both have DRZ400&#8217;s for the dirt rides.
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    We plan to spend most nights camping and keep the motel stays to a minimum. We are looking to do this trip on the cheap; not necessarily because we have to but more because we want to. Most of our vacations include posh hotels and decedent restaurants and although those things are very nice, it&#8217;s time for something different. I&#8217;ve read many ride reports where the authors are camping out and dinner is a can of something they picked up at the grocery. I can&#8217;t really explain why, but for some reason the simplicity of it all is very appealing to me. I always wish I could join them around their campfires; time for me to light one of my own.
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    The ride reports I have enjoyed the most have been those that were done live. Hopefully we&#8217;ll have good luck finding wi-fi along our route and I&#8217;ll be able to do this ride report as we go.
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  2. 8thdwarf

    8thdwarf perfect,just perfect

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    weather will be great! going up hwy 1 all the way? ..... :lurk
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  3. TomDac

    TomDac Been here awhile

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    Hwy 1 is AWESOME. Especially north of San Francisco. The Oregon coast is spectacular. Spend some time in Coos Bay and Astoria.. Both beautiful little towns.

    Did SF to Seattle via coast in 2009. Was AWESOME. Trip report HERE
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  4. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    We'll be going north via Hwy 101 and returning via Hwy 1.
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  5. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Hey TomDac, thanks for sharing your RR. Don't think we'll make it as far as Coos Bay. When we get to Oregon we are going to head inland towards Crater Lake, then back towards the coast. We'll most likely hit the coast at Bandon and then head back south.
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  6. TomDac

    TomDac Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a great plan. Crater Lake is on my list also. Ride safe. :-)
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  7. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Hi Zarah, Hi Mike! :wave The bikes look great! Oh and you guys look fantastic as well! :lol3 Mike, I love the shirt, many a days on my current trip I've had a similar image in my head for when the weather gotten cold or nasty.

    I'll be keeping tabs on your RR and hoping that we can meet up on OR somewhere! Zarah, I'll PM you my cell # that way you have it. Have fun you guys!
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  8. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    Try to time your run down the Oregon Coast so you can spend a night in Port Orford, OR. Have dinner at Griff's. The fish they serve was probably caught about an hour before you sat down at your table.


    Watch the boats being hauled out of the water for the night.

    Oh, and a night in Bolinas, CA at Smiley's Hotel is always worthwhile. You tell where the turnoff to Bolinas is by reaching Stinson Beach, then turning around and going back to the very North end of the lagoon. Turn left at the only road you find.
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  9. Steve06

    Steve06 Adventurer

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    Looking fwd to the RR. Used to live in Hiouchi many years ago just up from Jedediah Smith State Park. Beautiful area. Much Mahalo

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  10. Katoom990

    Katoom990 Adventurer

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    Have fun on the ride. We'll be heading south on 101 from vancouver, B.C. later this summer. Hope to make it all the way to california before heading back up via Crater Lake and Mount St. Helens.
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  11. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Hey Denis, I'm also keeping tabs on your RR, even though I'm on my own ride I still need to check in on yours to get me daily fix.
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  12. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Thanks for all the tips, I'll be checking them out.
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  13. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Mahalo to you too Steve. Any must sees in that area?
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  14. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Sounds like a good trip. I keep an eye out for your RR (if you are doing one).
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  15. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    Are you really returning on the 17th? During CARMAGEDDON???? WIth the 405 being closed EVERY road will be crawling for miles and miles.
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  16. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Day 1, San Diego to King City

    We left San Diego at 6:00am and headed north on I-5. Our plan for today was to put as much mileage behind us as we could. Los Angeles was Los Angeles, nuff said. Santa Barbara is beautiful; very lush. This picture is for my mother. I inherited my love of plants from her. I snapped it at a gas station believe it or not.
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    Mike had the camera in his tank bag, which gave him opportunity to play around a bit. A couple of shots while he was riding.
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    We rode by many miles of strawberry fields. The smell was divine.
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    We found Pappy's 101 diner near the strawberry fields so we decided to take a break and have some custard with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Yum.
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    We originally thought we would stop in Paso Robles for the night but we felt we had a few more miles in us so we pushed on. We made it to King City for a total of 409 miles. This is by far the most riding I have done in one day. There are no campgrounds around so we checked into a Days Inn. The woman at the front desk was very nice and told us we could park our bikes outside of our room in the pool area.
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    We settled in and Mike went for a quick dip.
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    Our room has a microwave so we picked up a frozen chicken-spinach-mushroom lasagna.
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    Mike also got himself one of these.
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    Some dinner and a good night sleep and then we will be off again.
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  17. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Ahhhhhh....what a bummer. Looks like we'll have to add an extra day to the trip and come home Monday. Thanks for the heads up.
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  18. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Looking forward to this report, we are moving to Ventura this fall and plans to ride the coast are a definate. Have a great ride!!!
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  19. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    Thanks UpST8. You'll have to come check out San Diego after you've moved.
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  20. Mistress of the dual

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    Day 2, King City to Lake Sonoma

    After a breakfast of complimentary coffee and waffles at our motel we decided to take a look at Napa since I have never been there before. On the way to Napa I needed to take break and stretch a bit so we pulled off the highway at Pleasanton. Mike checked the GPS for parks and found one a short ways away. There was a cool looking dog at the park so I made friends with it. At first glance I thought the dog was an Akita mix; a second look had me wondering if it wasn't an Australian Cattle Dog mix. I've got 3 ACDs at home so I should have seen the ACD first. The dog appeared to be with a woman at the park but it turned out he was lost and she was trying to get a hold of him to check his tags. The owners were called and came and got their missing dog. Meet Colby; who turned out to be an Akita/Australian Cattle Dog mix.
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    On the way to Napa we found this cool overlook just after crossing Benicia Martinez Bridge.
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    Going to Napa was kind of a mistake. It was beautiful; no doubt about it; but it was also Sunday so it was swamped with people. We really wanted to get away from the crowds so not very many pictures from Napa.
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    After Napa we headed for Sonoma Lake. The road to Sonoma Lake was gorgeous. The campground we are staying at tonight is called Liberty Glenn. This place is great. It's only $10 a night. There's no water, no showers, no wi-fi and no people. Out of 90 odd campsites there's only about 10 in use. Apparently last night the place was full and quite loud. One of the benefits to camping during the week. Another benefit of weekday camping is that all the people from the weekend leave their unburnt wood behind so we get to have a nice fire without paying for firewood.

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    Here is the view from our campsite.
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    A couple of lake photos.
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    One thing about Liberty Glenn is that it's pretty far away from civilization. We didn't realize this until we got here so no chance to go to a grocery store. Dinner tonight will consist of some cherries we picked up at a roadside stand, some leftover potato chips and a Mountain House freeze dried dinner we packed from home. No beer for Mike tonight; at least he packed his trusty flask filled with Crown Royal.
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