PCH from Oxnard to WA

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by RossM, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. RossM

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    I have the opportunity to make a 5 - 6 day ride from Phoenix, AZ all the way up to Seattle, WA. I have a 2012 DL650 with top and side cases. I just git the Omni-Cruise to save some wrist cranking. I'm sure I'll be bringing a rain suit, sleeping bag, tent, and a few other need to bring items. I'll be on the military's dime so hotels are an option. Just beginning the final planning, Projected trip dates are 29 Apr - 3 May (flexable) Any advice or tips welcome. I'll be packing the bike for camping this weekend to help get better idea of what I may need.

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  2. fast4d

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    from oxnard take the 33 to 58 then head to the coast....:D
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  3. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Dang, I used to live in Santa Barbara, but that was before I got into motorcycles. If I'd only known about that road back then, I might have started earlier!
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    It's good to know us tax payers get to fund your ride. Enjoy your free ride.
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  5. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    Hey Ross....I see you were in Kandahar...THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE....As a tax payer...I hope you get whatever you want.....:deal


    Gonna be a great ride...
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  6. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Have done that trip via RV a couple of times, it's quite scenic and avoids the high pass of the Siskious. Weather should be pretty good that time of year, but rain chance higher the further north you go. We moved from there in '92, not going back due to all the rain. :wink: Nice place to visit though. My dream is to ride north on Vancouver Island and take the BC Ferry from the tip at Port Hardy to Prince Rupert and ride back through BC.

    From north of LA, Hwy 1 is an enjoyable ride on a motorbike. Stop in Cambria, Big Sur, Monterey. The aquarium in Monterey is worth a couple of hour tour. Neat little town. Around the bay to Santa Cruz, go thru SF, over the GG bridge.

    Once you get north of SF, stop in Mendocino and Redwood forests. Lots to see and do, very beautiful.

    The Oregon coast is a series of small coastal towns, very enjoyable but can be a little slow going. There are some good attractions and stops to make along the way. Take your time and enjoy it. Stop along the way for some fresh seafood. We enjoyed the Maritime Museum in Astoria, just before you reach the OR/WA border.

    From there you have to decide if you're going up the WA coast or head directly toward Seattle. If you go further up the coast you can cut over toward Olympia or Tacoma, or go all the way up and around and take the ferry from Bremerton, Kingston, or Port Townsend. Very rainy up that way, but if you hit good weather take it in and enjoy it. If not, just head for Seattle and get out of the rain.

    How are you getting back?
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    That was a close one. Afghanistan was really close to storming our beaches with their awesome navy. Sorry but I do not support our foreign policy of using our military to force another country to use our way of government.
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  8. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    Not a political thread. Keep it positive or don't post.

    Until you man up and stand watch for this great country, you don't understand.
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  9. condor-machinist

    condor-machinist el dirt hombre

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    The latest and greatest from team troll riders.
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    Being thankful our country wasn't invaded is pretty positive don't you agree? And if a foreign country storms our beaches, ill be standing watch with my guns taking out mutha fuckers. Unfortunately, the ones we need to watch out for are already here.
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    Don't be a hater. It's not my fault you choose not to post freely what you feel or think. The dude was in Afghanistan, evolving that country so that the great corporations of America are allowed to sell Big Macs and coca cola there. I'm sure he saw some shit and now he gets to ride. You guys have me all wrong, I'm pro team America!
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  12. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    I hope the op has a great trip.

    In my experience, it can be very wet in the pnw. Bring gore tex and hotel every couple of nights to be able to dry everything out. Other than that, have a great time. I love the coast road!
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  13. spafxer

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    Hey Ross,

    I live near Oxnard. Let me know when you come through, I can probably ride up a day with you..


    Oh, and since I assume you are not our Commander in Chief (OhBummer) and are following orders,,, I thank you for your service to our country and helping to keep the bad guys from getting anywhere near our shores...


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  14. Lost Roadie

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    What he said, if you need a place to sleep, wrench, whatever, while near Ventura hit me up.

    Usal beach would be a great off the beaten path campspot in heart of the best of the best of PCH IMHO, no problem on your bike as long as it's relatively dry, and ADVenture if it's wet. You could pick up some delicious local grass fed meat to cook on Redwood coals at camp at Roundmans Smokhouse in Ft. Bragg. Or just stop at Eggheads diner for the best local seafood and egg dishes around, also in downtown Ft. Bragg. The drive through tree in Leggett with obligatory photo is a must too. ;)
    Personally, if on limited time I would blast up the 101 and be past SF in a half day, then spend more time in NorCal where there's far less people and traffic with stunning scenery and ridiculously perfect MC roads. The redwoods are calling, take the parkway scenic routes when you're up there... As browneye mentioned, in Oregon if you want to stay off the interstate it can be pretty slow going.
    Have a great trip and thank you for your service! :deal
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  15. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Sounds like a great ride, been wanting to do this one for a while now. I am right up the road from Lost Rider in Camarillo.

    Thanks for your service, safe travels!
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  16. gnadenlos

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    Hey RossM - I'm in Cambria, CA. If ya make it this way I have local tips, riding info and sofa space if needed...
    Thank you for your service!:beer
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  17. TTTom

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    One tip: when you get north of Fort Bragg Hwy 1 swings inland and joins Hwy 101 for a while... that 101 stretch is kinda freeway-ish and boring so take the Avenue of the Giants scenic route... it reconnects back on to 101 about 40 miles further north.
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