So Cal to Boise and Moscow, ID - Is Oct Too Late?

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  1. HBLQRider

    HBLQRider Been here awhile

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    Considering riding from So Cal to Boise and Moscow to visit relatives. The weather during the next couple of weeks appears to be good enough to go for it.

    Are there any routes I should avoid? Any route suggestions?

    I have about 7 days to complete this ride so it will be strictly there and back. Any help is appreciated.
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  2. Tewster2

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    Avoid the Interstates.
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  3. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I'd say if you don't have a little leeway in your timetable, October might be too late. I rode through snow in early October last year around Klamath Falls and thankfully, it was just under 10 miles. Much more snow on the road and I'd have had to turn around and spend the night in Klamath Falls rather than continue over to Medford. A day later, no snow. On the other hand, the weather might be perfect if a little cool. We're getting intermittent snow now in Montana but I expect to have some better riding weather again.
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  4. HBLQRider

    HBLQRider Been here awhile

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    Thank you. The possibility of snow along the route is my concern.
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  5. Little Faus

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    The weather should be good in Boise and Moscow during that time of year. Snow shouldn't be a factor. Stay off the freeways was good advice.
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  6. HBLQRider

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    Thank you. I'm thinking of riding up the 395 (not a freeway to a So Cal guy) and maybe cut over on the 20. That will put me in a little higher than Boise but should work.
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    That's a good idea. Both highways have good scenery with little traffic. Neither road is a freeway, and I'm not from So Cal. Have fun.
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  8. Bindlestiff

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    I try to do your trip in reverse every year, going from western Montana to So. Cal usually in early March.

    Boise and Moscow themselves will both be fine that time of year, but that's because they're pretty low elevation for the region. The problem is that the direct routes from LA to there all go through some pretty high elevation. Not just the passes, but even the valleys are over 4,000'. The Catch-22 with the spring/fall weather in the region is that you usually either get warmer wet weather where you're risking snow (or 35 degree rain) or you get colder dry weather where you're safe from snow but you're looking at sub-freezing temperatures that are not at all pleasant to ride in.

    When I'm doing the trip, I'll do 95 or 395 or one of the other direct inland routes if the forecast is looking exceptionally good (and even then I've been caught by stray snow flurries and had to wait it out a few times) but if it's looking dodgy, the safe route is to go through the Columbia Gorge and get west of the Cascades before heading south. It sucks because it's basically an extra day, but it's reliably snow free most of the year. Beats giving up and renting a U-haul to get back to work on time.

    If the weather gods are smiling on you, and especially if you don't mind a little gravel, there's some pretty fun secondary state highways and good gravel roads that go between 395 by Alturas over to US95 by McDermitt. It probably wouldn't add too much extra time because it'd be a more direct shot to Boise.
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  9. High Country Herb

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    If you have only 7 days for the round trip, you'll see nothing but interstates.

    We had snow last night in the Central Sierra. If I were going this time of year, I'd fly to Boise, rent a car, and have 5 days to visit instead of one.
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  10. HBLQRider

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    I have actually considered that option considering the limited amount of time I have.
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  11. HBLQRider

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    Thank you. This is very helpful information.
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  12. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I used to ride up that way every year for a get together in Gerlach. I'd say 2 out of 3 years Hwy 395 was rideable. It has passes over 8000' When it wasn't, we headed east and rode south through central Nevada which will be more time effective than riding the coast.
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  13. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Here you go. Motorcycle rentals in Boise.

    A bit enxpensive, with their cheapest bike being a KLR for $120/day.
    http://intothehorizonadventuremotorcycletours.com/

    There is also a scooter rental place, but they only list hourly rates.
    http://veronicascooters.com/scooters/scooter-rentals/

    The Harley shop rents, but their website says they are done until May (sissies).



    How about flying into Portland Oregon, renting a CSC motorcycle, and riding over to Idaho? Those are $100/day, and it would give you a little more riding without the superslab.
    https://www.motoquest.com/motorcycle-rental-locations/portland-motorcycle-rentals/

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  14. goin2alaska

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    Don't be a sissy boy! a little snow never hurt anyone, I ride 3 or 4 times a year to my place in Montana from so cal. If you go in October I could make that run with you since I need to put snow tires on my daughters car in Bozeman around that time. I have gotten snowed in 1x on my way up and was an easy fix, pulled my bike into a uhaul got a small truck and turned it in down the road past the storm. If you always have an escape plan you will be alright! Hey if we get snowed in we could split the Uhaul cost!

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  15. oneway

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    High Country Herb is right. You don't have enough time. You're going to "visit"??
    With only 7 days off you can either:
    1. Ride
    2. Visit

    If I were in your shoes and I wanted to go I'd fly up and rent. Then you could visit and ride.
    BTW the road up to Bogus Basin is nice and twisty.
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  16. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I disagree if the weather is remotely cooperative. 2 days up and 2 days back ride time leaves 3 days for visiting. I always like my late aunt's philosophy on visiting relatives: "visiting relatives are like fresh fish, after 3 days they both start to smell."
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  17. oneway

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    Sure. The truth is you CAN get to Boise from anywhere in California in 1 day. So is it doable?
    Yes
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