1. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at? Supporter

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    A buddy of mine and I are planning on riding Highway 36 from Red Bluff to Fortuna area soon. The plan is to trailer the bikes up to Red Bluff and leave the truck & trailer there during the ride. My buddy has ridden 36 many times, I never have.

    I am thinking that with the trip being about 4 hours just to Red Bluff and then another 4 hours to Fortuna I don't think I want to try to do that and return in one day.

    Any recommendations for a motorcycle-friendly place to spend the night with the two bikes on the west end before heading back home?
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  2. rickbt

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    Looks like 36 is closed most of the day. Seems like weekends it is open.

    From CalTran

    IS CLOSED FROM 12 MI EAST OF BRIDGEVILLE TO 3.5 MI WEST OF COBB /AT BUCK MOUNTAIN RD/ (HUMBOLDT CO) FROM 0800 HRS TO 1200 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY & FROM 1300 HRS TO 1700 HRS MONDAY THRU THURSDAY & FROM 1300 HRS TO 1500 HRS FRIDAY THRU 10/1/19 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE - THE ROUTE WILL BE OPEN FROM 1200 HRS TO 1300 HRS WITH DELAYS OF UP TO 30 MINUTES


    We have stayed at the Redwood Riverwalk. Close to beer and food, good breakfast and they let you park in front

    If at Fortuna you should make time to do the lost coast

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  3. michaeln

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    Thanks. Not planning on going right now, want to do it in early fall when the weather is cooler. Just trying to plan ahead at this point.
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  4. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Long timer

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    I live in Red Bluff. I have property.
    Don't know what kind of situation your looking for over at the coast.
    Make sure you take a picture and post it on the Red Bluff sign in form.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/red-bluff-sign-in.1085410/

    If you need a place to park your truck let me know.
    I also can give you dirt alternatives or other information as needed.
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  5. michaeln

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    Thanks Hop-Sing. Don't need dirt alternatives as I will be on a 2018 GoldWing and my buddy is on an FZ-1. But having a secure place in Red Bluff to park the truck and trailer would be fantastic!
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    There's at least 4 hotels next to Eel River Brewing Co in Fortuna. That's where most riders stay unless you want something like a B&B, then Ferndale would be a better option.
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  7. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    I once camped at grizzly creek redwoods state park along HWY 36 near the west end of it. Nice area, Return of the Jedi was filmed there. Only bad thing is locals driving by in cars and trucks like to blast their horn at night when they pass the campground. I recommend getting a campsite furthest from the highway. I never had that problem at any other campground that I stayed at.
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  8. Hop-Sing

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    Let me know when your coming. I can hook you up with a safe place to park your truck and trailer.
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  9. michaeln

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    Thank you very much, will be in touch when we get closer to going. It will probably not be until Sept/Oct timeframe depending on the weather.
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  10. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    The options by the Eel River Brewery are good choices. Another option is http://www.bearrivercasino.com/. I used to stay in Fortuna frequently before retiring and liked the Best Western by the brewery. Nice to walk back after a relaxing dinner and brews.
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  11. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at? Supporter

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    Thanks for all the great info folks. I really appreciate it.
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  12. MeefZah

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    If you are wanting free accommodations you can crash at our place in the Eureka outskirts - camp, or use the spare bedroom if we are around.

    If you are wanting to hotel it then my suggestion mirrors some others on this thread - stay in Fortuna at Best Western and eat / drink / be merry at the Eel River Brewery.

    36 is a lot of fun although I prefer to run it with the sun, sounds like you are going to be running it into the sun both ways. And be sure and check the road report because, as noted, it's closed through the week and probably still will be in September. A good paved work around is NF Rt 1 (also called Titlow Hill / FH1) which runs between Mad River and Hwy 299. Kind of out of the way but it sounds like you have plenty of time, and it's a really pretty (albeit chunked up) road.

    Edit... you're towing a Gold Wing???... mmmkay...LOL
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  13. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    This.

    And, hey! Congratulations on retiring!

    SA
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  14. needles

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    I know I’m a bit of a 36 heretic here but you could throw 299 into the mix for your return as it’s a great road too.
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  15. michaeln

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    Thanks, 3 and 299 are in the plan for the return trip.
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    I guess I don't understand. If we start in the morning from RedBluff end, won't the morning sun be at our backs? And by the time we arrive at the west end I would think the sun would be pretty much overhead.

    Oh, and towing the Goldwing? If I was going by myself I'd just ride it the whole way. May end up doing that anyway. My buddy on the FZ1 would not be nearly as comfortable though.
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    I figured you'd be towing to RB in the AM which would put you westbound on 36 after noon into evening, and the next day you'd be on 36 eastbound in the AM... into the sun both ways... I guess it's not a dealbreaker but if I'm specifically planning running a technical road both ways, I try to time it to keep the sun behind me.
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  18. michaeln

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    We were planning on leaving home early enough that we'd be in RedBluff by 7 or 8 AM. Dunno about the return trip though. If we are going west to east on the return we'd have to start late morning from the west end in order to not have the sun in our eyes for the first part of the ride.

    My buddy rides way faster than I would want to go on my first time on those roads (he has ridden them) so although we are making the trip together, we probably won't be exactly riding together. He stops and waits for me from time to time.
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    Hwy 36 is a plus or minus 3 hour ride.
    (Provided you don't get stopped by construction or turons).
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  20. Hookalatch

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    Check the road conditions for construction before you leave. Right now there are several holdups on 299. May only last 30-60 minutes but when its 100 degrees out and no shade that's not pleasant.
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