Seattle - Monterey: Coast or Inland?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Johnny Drunkard, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. Johnny Drunkard

    Johnny Drunkard Raggamuffin Super Moderator

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    Hey folks,

    I plan on leaving Seattle early Tues. & camping Tues. night somewhere in southern Oregon. On Wed. explore northern California then camp hopefully within a 6 hr. ride from Monterey.

    I was planning on the Coast, but don't want to get bogged down in traffic. So I'm considering going down 395 instead.

    I'm hoping to camp free both nights.

    Any insight would be much appreciated.
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    (sp?) flaming ahole ;)

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    If you want to ride some dirt and have a GPS, I can send you a track. I did some amazing roads in N Cal coming back from SF a couple of month ago. In one 200 mile stretch, I saw 3 cars.

    Send me a PM

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    PM sent...spowers to the white paging phone...

    No dirt this time, sticking to the tarmac.
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    you taking a break?

    Wherever you end up have a safe run man!
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  5. Butthead

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    JD if you have time I think the coast is the way to go. I usually ride from Tacoma to Eureka the first day then a long day to get to Montery.Highway 1 from Leggett to Fort Bragg is great. The first time I rode it I had to stop and take sea sick medication. Theres lots of places to camp although I don't have any info on them. If you want to cut inland highway 128 is nice. Theres a little rode from highway 101 at Heraldsburg northbound you paralell 101 through the Napa Valley till you get to Lake Sonoma then turn towards the coast it comes out at Stewarts Pt. It's a narrow winding road with no traffic. Except a few logging trucks. I forgot to mention if your on 101 north of Eureka watch out for ELK. What's the weather look like?
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    Johnny Drunkard Raggamuffin Super Moderator

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    Gotta take time to smell the roses...

    How's the Bandit, ready for a Neah Bay run?
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    Johnny Drunkard Raggamuffin Super Moderator

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    Thanks Butthead,

    So, Tacoma to Eureka in a day?

    Mileage?

    Ride time?
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    Gotta work saturday morning but would be interested in an afternoon run.....it stays light pretty late. I cant remember when your done on saturdays. Im planning on taking the thumper out on sunday to Reiter.


    Bandit is OK. I went over it thoroughly and have a new light (blinker) coming in. If worst comes to worse Ill just tape it on (it works). Other than that its peachy..... (touch wood).
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  9. Butthead

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    Tacoma to Eugene 259 miles-Eugene out to the coast to Cresent City 242-Cresent City to Eureka 76 miles. 577 total. You can stop at Cresent City thats about 500 miles or 10 hours. Leave at 6am arrive at 4pm. Highway 1 north of San Francisco is really nice. One minute your out on the coast drive inland 15 minutes and your crossing the golden gate. Theres a 3 dollar toll going southbound over the bridge. Thers a scenic lookout right before you cross the bridge its a good picture stop. Highway 1 thru San Francisco is no problem what so ever. You can always stop in southern Oregon the first night then stop by Jenner or Bodega Bay the 2nd night.There shouldn't be much traffic mid week on highway 1 but it is slower than 101. If you stop at any of the scenic lookouts on 1 see if you can spot any whales.You usually can this time of year. What are you riding?
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  10. markjenn

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    Johnny, you're talking about some real tough days here.

    Seattle to Monterey is 910 miles on the freeway, about 14 hours of driving at typical speeds, not counting breaks. The coast route is tremendously slower and would add 6-8 hours. Cutting over to 395 probably about the same, what you gain in speed would be offset by increased mileage.

    Camping "within six hours" of Monterey would help, but riding to/from someplace N of the Golden Gate down to Monterey would make for some absolutely exhausting days fighting heavy traffic if you're going to the races.

    My suggestion would be for you to find someplace to stay near Monterey so the race day commutes don't get totally out of hand. The coastal route in WA/OR isn't that interesting, so if you really only have two days, I'd probably just get on the freeway the first day, make some big miles, and get to someplace like Redding, then have a reasonable next day to explore some of the fine stuff in N. Calif on the way to wherever you're staying.

    Taking 395 would result in 600-mile days. If you can do this, then you'd be in wide open spaces in S. Oregon to camp, although this area has 100+ deg temps in July.

    Mostly, I'd suggest taking more time. I'm taking four days down and don't consider them to be easy days.

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    Jeebuz - do you want a blow by blow mileage count? :lol3

    Seriously the coastal route is simply awesome! You wont see much traffic in the middle bit - especially if you leave early in the morning. I would allow 50 miles per hour - fast it aint! Prolly stating the obvious but it can get quite cold on the coast even in June - so take a warm sleeping bag and either some gerbings or extra layers (saying that it'll prolly be a heatwave of course). Watch out for LA from 100 miles north of San Francisco all the way to Monterrey. If you have time the Russian River and Point Reyes (Elk - fantastic scenery) are worth a detour.

    Enjoy!
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    I am heading to MotoGP from Seattle also - leaving Saturday but must be in Morgan Hill CA late Weds PM for a Thurs am meeting before continuing on to Monterey - staying on pavement only - the fellow riding with me is on a sportbike - I plan on following the coast after Astoria OR , are there any other
    nice roads off the coast highway inland ( Oregon, or N CA ) or sidetrips along the way anyone can recommend? I am riding from Seattle via Texas so this is my first trip down this section of coast although I have ridden Northen Oregon inland & St Helens areas on a bike several times. Thanks for any info -
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    JD,

    When you headed to Neah Bay?

    Stosh
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    Stosh - I'd be down for a late saturday run.....if I can talk JD into it.... Its a nice ride
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    I'm in with no time restrictions - so anytime will be fine. Send me a PM - so JD doesnt get upset with the HiJack

    Enjoy
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    Will do. Ill see if he wants to come. That would be cool.
    Johnny: Come out and ride! (I know youve got work, but let us know eh?)










    am I being annoying yet?

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    OK, thanks for the clarification. Sounds like the coast route is do-able with the time I've got.

    I-5 from Everett to Olympia is evil. If I take the coast route, I'll hop on the Edmonds ferry & run down the 101 from there.

    I'm riding "Sybil" (weeStrom). Its gonna be fun trying to get all my gear in my tailbag...
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    Mark,
    So, you would guess 20-22 hrs. on the coast route? I was planning on 14 hrs. a day including breaks, 500-ish miles. Sounds like its do-able though I might be a little saddlesore.


    Ooops, lack of clarity in my first post - sorry. Thurs. - Sun. I'll be camping at the track (Turn 10). I want to be within 6 hours of Monterey so I can get there mid afternoon. I figure middle of the day traffic is probably the lightest (relatively speaking).


    Ewww...100 degree days. Thats a deal breaker. I'd suspected it would be hot, but not that hot! Camping would definitely suck!

    I wish I had more time, but I'm at my limit already. Someday I'm taking a long vacation...
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    Thanks mb,

    I'll be bringing my normal PNW kit, so cold & rain shouldn't be a problem. Sleeping bag is three season too. I more concerned about being too hot during the day down in Monterey. :lol3

    I'll be sure to keep my speed down once I get down to LEO territory. I've heard about some speed traps S of SF as well.

    Russian River, Point Reyes. Check. I'll see how it goes...
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    Not this week or next, gotta work to finance this lil adventure.

    Maybe sometime in mid July?
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