San Diego to Oregon via the coast

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Stroked 550, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Stroked 550

    Stroked 550 Dirt Nut

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    hey guys & gals

    I am planning a trip from San Diego to the Oregon border which will be a mix between off & on road riding.

    What are some interesting places to stop and see?

    What are some good campgrounds & motels to stay at?

    How do you think I should break up the trip?

    Here is the link with my planned tracks for the trip what do you think?

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=17966959#post17966959


    Here is what I have planned so far let me know what your thoughts are


    Stop 1 ---lunch Newport Beach

    Stop 2----site see in Newport beach

    Stop 3------- Dockweiler state beach

    Stop 4----- Will Rogers’s state beach / park

    Stop 5----Malibu state RV Park

    Stop 6----Malibu Lake

    Stop 7---Point Dume State beach Malibu

    Stop 8 ------Lake Casitas Recreation area / campground (Las Padres National Forests)

    Stop 9----Can camp at State Eagle retreat or continue to Santa Barbra

    Stop 10 ----Spend the night in Santa Barbra Hotel Presidio Motel Phone: 805-963-1355 Cost $107

    -Visit Down town / check out shops & beach

    Stop 11----Inn At Morro Bay 60 State Park Rd, Morro Bay, CA, 93442 United States 866-539-8430 $119 – $239 per night


    Stop 12-----Sands By The Sea
    9355 Hearst Drive San Simeon, CA 93452 1-805-927-4668 $80-$100 per night

    Stop 13---Hearst Castle 750 Hearst Castle Road San Simeon, CA 93452-9741 (805) 927-2020 $10 / $20 reserve at least one day in advance


    Stop 14 ----------Big Sur Lodge Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 47225 Highway One Big Sur, CA 93920 1-800-424-4787 (831) 667-3100

    -Camp at big sur campgrounds
    -Point Sur state historic park
    -Go hiking
    -Big Sur bakery & restaurant
    -Big Sur deli
    -Big sur hot springs
    - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    Stop 16 ------Monterey bay Lodge
    55 Camino Aguajito Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 372-8057
    $80-$150 per night

    - Fisherman’s Warf –Monterey
    - Play golf
    - Monterey Bay Aquarium
    - Pebble beach




    Stop 17----Pasadena State beach

    Stop 18--- half-moon state beach

    Stop 19----Pacifica state beach

    Stop 20----San Francisco


    Stop 21---Santa Rosa

    Stop 22----Fort barry military reservation

    Stop 22--- Sausalito –lunch

    Stop 23-------Ft Cronkhite Military reservation

    Stop 24-----hill 640 Military reservation

    Stop 25--------Ft Ross State historic park

    Stop 26 Fort Ross Lodge 20705 Coast Hwy 1 Jenner, CA 95450 (707) 847-6864
    $130-$230


    Stop 27--------Stewart Point Island

    Stop 28--------- Sea Ranch Lodge $160-$330

    Stop 29--------- Elk Cove Inn & Spa $245-$400
    800-275-2967

    Stop 30----West union landing state beach

    Stop 31----soldier frank hill

    Stop 32-------- Orchard Camp / Bear landing Sinkyone Wilderness

    Stop 33------shelter Cove CA

    Stop 34----------Oceanfront Inn at Shelter Cove
    26 Seal Court
    Shelter Cove, CA 95589
    800-824-1614 ~ 707-986-7002
    $120-$190

    Stop 35-------Black Rock Petrolia, CA

    Stop 36-----Humboldt Gables Motel •
    40 West Davis Street • Rio Dell, CA 95562
    Phone: (707) 764-5609

    Avenue of the Giants
    Humboldt Redwoods State Park
    The Lost Coast
    Victorian Village of Ferndale

    Stop -----37
    Crescent Beach Motel Lodging
    1455 U.S. Highway 101 South
    Crescent City, CA 95531
    707-464-5436
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  2. Migolito

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    Honestly, way too over planned. Here's another plan. Jump on the bike, aim it north, and go. Done. Eat when you get hungry, stop when you get tired. If something looks interesting, take a look. If it doesn't keep going.

    I'm not trying to be a SA. My 6000 mile trip to Alaska plan has a single reservation requiring a time table cause I'm boarding a ship. Other than that there is no plan. You'll only find the true potential of your bike and yourself when you let go.
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  3. Tosh Togo

    Tosh Togo Long timer

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    Getting back to the OP- when does this micromanaged expedition happen?...
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  4. Stroked 550

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    ........and I thought I under planned the trip lol I l actually like the idea of just hoping on the bike, heading north and seeing what happens

    I would like to do it in the next month or so but Im flexible doing it spring would be nice too I think.
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  5. Migolito

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    Caution! Of course, my type of planning can sometimes get a little iffy. In September I'll be walking 510 miles in Spain (Camino de Santiago) with whatever I can carry on my back :eek1 No reservations, no idea (at least now) how to speak spanish, etc.
    I just retired @ 49. Up until now, my life was based on a schedule, usually some elses schedule. We get so damn comfortable in these silk chains that we forget what actual freedom and adventure really is. I'm still working on that one. However, I suspect, it begins with carrying less bricks in our backpack.
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  6. CA Stu

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    The weather will be way nicer in Summer for the route you have outlined.

    In March, I'd stay more in the desert than along the coast.
    Too damp and cool.

    Also, as I posted in your other thread (GPS route) your route through Orange County and LA on the 1 is just going to be an endless boring succession of stop lights.

    And the other posters are right.
    Planning like yours turns a trip into nothing more than a commute.
    Don't do it.

    And just call a cool looking motel when you get to Morro Bay, you can find a nice one for about $80. In the summer.

    This trip plan is nuts. You're kidding, right? :lol3
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  7. Stroked 550

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    I guess I over planned it a little bit lol, I tend to do that..... I need to let go more often and just play it by ear.
    thanks I saw that post & responded to it.

    I kinda of prefer the cool weather but my timing is open at this point

    What do you find crazy about it besides the over planning? lol
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  8. Eyes Shut

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    Yes, as everyone else said, you over planned it. Remember that this is the coast and there is no shortage of places to stay and eat. When we travel up the coast to Oregon, the only place I tend to make reservations for is Monterey in the summer (if we will be stopping there), because it gets pretty busy then.

    A couple of things that you should add to your list of things to consider (but don't make a fetish out of having to do these!):

    -The Elephant seals just north of San Simeon, CA. The beach is just adjacent to the hiway and you can just stop and check them out.
    http://www.beachcalifornia.com/piedras.html

    -Morro Bay has a nice little campground:
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=594

    -The Curly Redwood Lodge at Crescent City is ADVrider approved!
    http://www.curlyredwoodlodge.com/

    Have way fun on your trip! I love riding up the coast, especially the section of Hiway 1 north of San Francisco.
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  9. Migolito

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    Ok, I'll add something in violation of my own rules (like I said, I'm a recovering over planner). Check out the Trinidad Bay Eatery in Trinidad ( about 30 miles north of Eureka on 101). The blackberry cobbler is homemade and about as good as it gets.
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  11. Stroked 550

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    thanks r77toy for the suggestions the links didn't work for some reason but I see the names of the restaurants so I will keep them in mind for the trip
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  12. stevejonesmo

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    Stop 13---Hearst Castle +1 (from what I hear)
    - Monterey Bay Aquarium +1
    - Pebble beach (they used to prohibit motorcycles but I heard they stopped that)

    Stop 20----San Francisco (got time on your hands? See http://usmotogpfans.com/roads/49mdplus/)

    This might give you more ideas: goo.gl/n5Ks6
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  13. Stroked 550

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    thanks Steve for the info I think I will do that 49 mile drive.
    I have two friends that live in San Francisco that I can stay with so I can spend some time to sight see.
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  14. DesertSurfer

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    Hey Stoked...

    I don't think you've over thought your itinerary. It looks to me as you're intending to choose photo ops along the way which may simply have been misunderstood by others. I think your preplanning is very helpful when you want to capture the trip with a camera and are trying to decide the best photo ops. In fact I've never completed a motorcycle adventure where I said " I wish I wouldn't have stopped and taken so many photos". For me it's always regretting that I didn't take more. You're choosing some good spots and can always substitute for better ones on the fly. Take lots of photos, post them for us during your trip and let us all travel along vicariously through you. Sounds like you'll have a great ride.
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  15. 8thdwarf

    8thdwarf perfect,just perfect

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    ya can't go wrong with a ride up the coast, in any weather..... course, sunny and dry beats wet and cold any day but the views and photo ops are spectacular. IMO the route gets really good just past Hurst Castle ( stop and see the seal rookery) all the way through Oregon. Stay on Hwy 1 ... well worth the effort.
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  16. Brooktown Geezer

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    I rode my Vespa from San Diego (well, Fallbrook CA actually) to the Canadian border last summer. It was awesome.

    The person who said riding the coast from Huntington Beach up towards Malibu is boring is 100% on the money. It's nothing but stoplight after stoplight, traffic, and frustration. When I'm planning a ride from Fallbrook, it's a given that the first 2-3 hours will be on a freeway getting out of dodge, then I can slow down and smell the roses. OC/LA is just an obstacle to be overcome.

    Try to make it for lunch at Neptune's Net just north of Malibu, LOTS of bikers stop there on their rides, and you can sit at a picnic table eating your lunch while watching the bikes and the Pacific Ocean. When you leave there and head towards Oxnard, you may see whales off the coast depending on the time of year you do the trip.

    Unless you really like Santa Barbara, I'd consider staying in Cayucos, which is just past Morro Bay. It's a cool, funky little town with one main road that is usually bypassed.

    Are you carrying extra gas? As long as you stay gassed up, you really don't need it, but there is a stretch along the CA central coast where if you don't keep it topped up, it can be a challenge.

    When you get to Crescent City, are you turning around and heading home? I really enjoyed the road from Crescent City to Grant's Pass, OR. It was a couple of hours of twisty roads through the forest, with magnificent scenery. If you are ending your trip, you might enjoy riding into Grant's Pass, and then turning back. The downside for you might be that Grant's Pass is on Hwy 5, but retracing your steps back to the coast would still be a fantastic ride.

    Definitely a fun route, really enjoyed Big Sur.

    Post pics of your trip!
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  17. Stroked 550

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    hey DesertSurfer.... thanks for the support yeah I was trying not to miss any photo ops along the way & got crucified for it lol ....Im the same way I take a lot of photos but I rather have too many then too few.


    8thdwarf thanks for the suggestion I will check out the seal rookery...On the way up Im going to stay on hwy 1 with some dirt detours :D


    Brooktown Geezer.... Im going to stay on the 5 fwy until I get north of LA .....I will plan it so I can stop at Neptune's for lunch I was thinking about stopping at Santa Barbra so I can venture off & hit some dirt....Im going to have about 5 gallons of gas with me...Now that you mention it I mine as well ride up to Grant's Pass & then turn around.


    Im going to take tons of pics & videos & will post them up :D
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  18. RattleCanRacer

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    Ride is pretty boring, nothing to really see, hope you get where you need to go as quickly as possible.:eek1

    I'm kidding it's my ride, I love it and you will have a great time. I agree with those that told you it's over planned. Come on, is it boot camp or a ride? There are so many places to stay an camp out you just drive a couple miles if you are tired and a place will be close. I just bring a tent and basically pitch it anywhere, most people and places especially north of Marin are pretty laid back. Plus you never know who you will run into or where you might want to be a little longer, it's easy to sit and watch summer run Salmon try to jump over a small Dam for hours. Stinson Beach and all the luscious girls laying out or dudes if that's your thing, whatever, relax, enjoy it.
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  19. Stroked 550

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    would anyone like to do this trip with me?

    I was thinking sometime in august
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  20. Brooktown Geezer

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    Forget what I told you before about riding from Crescent city to Grants Pass. It IS a nice road, but this summer I rode from Vancouver Island down to San Diego, and this time it was all coastal.

    If you can swing it, keep going past Crescent City and head to Liggett, CA. The road from the 1 to Liggett is definitely worth the ride...mile after mile of twisty roads through redwood forests.

    Have fun!
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