101 from Astoria to San diego

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by mtbdemon, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    The last week of May, I will be headed down 101 as far as I can go (Maybe into Mexico, but I only have 9 days.) I plan to camp most of the way and will probably hit up some fellow Adv riders on the way down. My Question-
    What would be the best route back up? I'm not interested in I-5 all the way as that would be much too boring, but also don't have a ton of time. Any ideas?

    Thanks
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  2. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    depending on weather.....395
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  3. davek

    davek Adventurer

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    Sounds like a great trip. You'll probably find you spend all your time going down (too much cool stuff to see off 101, like Hearst Castle, Big Sur...) that you'll only have time for I5 back.
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  4. andredl

    andredl Sold my K Bike for a Deere

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    US-395, CA 99, I-5, and US-101 are you choices. I-5 sucks. CA-99 sucks a little less. US-101 is a decent ride. US-395 is the best, but longer. If I were crowded for time I'd take CA-99 over the others, but that's just because I have some history with it.

    Have you seen this? https://www.southbayriders.com/maps/ridingareas/index.php?show=roads
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  5. Short-Johnson

    Short-Johnson You wanna make God laugh ? tell him your plans !

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    I'd offer up a camp spot for you, but I'm only an hour away in wheeler. but if you need tires by then hit me up !!
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  6. Trinity_Session

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    Isn't there a big slide on 101 around Monterey?
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  7. HydroDog

    HydroDog Been here awhile

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    That is a ambishish ride without I-5. And you might be out of luck camping in any campgrounds on the weekend already without reservations already. 395 would be my vote for coming back.
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  8. thirsty 1

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    I stay at Camerons in Half Moon Bay every time I'm in the area. Good people and it has a bar with good food. South of the Bay Area and north of Santa Cruz. Nice ride going south but get up early before traffic starts. 395 going north.

    http://hmbrvpark.com/ same place http://cameronspub.net/
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  9. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    I was curious about availability too, but thought I would be going before school is out that I should have a shot-I just dont want to have a hard and fast itinerary...
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  10. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    No, I have not!! Thanks!
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  11. ManxTT

    ManxTT Been here awhile

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    Sounds like your talking about Hwy 1 on the coast, if you are it takes a little longer going that way but its a awesome ride.
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  12. tempus fugit

    tempus fugit Time Flies...

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    Too many choices. Not enough time. I recommend you get Butler maps, Destination Highways maps, or at least look at Motorcycleroads.com. Link up the top rated routes and bypass the rest.
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  13. andredl

    andredl Sold my K Bike for a Deere

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    Don't make a race out of it. Set up camp for a couple of days somewhere near Atascadaro and do day rides on CA-58, CA-198, CA-25, and Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd (to CA-1). From there find your way to Caliente-Bodfish Rd. and wander north through and across the Sierra Nevada. Find a place to camp near Lee Vining and explore the east side of Yosemite. From there CA-108 to Sonora and CA-49.

    Going any further south than Jalama Beach would suck time, but if that's what you want to do head for Apple Valley and CA-247/CA-62 to Palm Springs. From there CA-74/CA-371/CA-79 to find camping near Julian. See if you can find the Glass Elevator (beware the CHP park at the top and time bikes coming up.)

    Don't forget to stop for lunch at Phil's Fish Market.
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  14. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE

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    Not much time but my one recommendation in California is east of San Francisco. From the town of Livermore is a famous road called MINES RD. It ends up at a pub called “the Junction” out in the middle of nowhere. Lots of “you tube” videos on this road. Super twisty! Then head west from there up to the LICK observatory. Going up and down this road is a one of a kind. Hairpins nonstop! So if you like this type of thing its a dont miss!! You end up coming out in San Jose. We rode it 2 years ago on our way to San Diego.
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  15. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Mr. Dual Sport Rider

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    Why are you planning to stay on 101? Highway 1 is much more interesting even if it takes a bit longer. I would head over to Highway 1 right were it starts at Leggett and follow it down as far as possible. Unfortunately, the very best part between Monterey and Cambria has a big landslide blocking it so that you can't really get through that way.

    I've taken both Highway 99 and I-5 from Sacramento to Fresno, and sorry, Highway 99 sucks more than I-5. It's rougher and has a lot more traffic.

    Mines road is totally out of the way and not really on the way to anywhere, except that I've used it once or twice to get between Pleasanton (where I live) and Fresno (where my daughter lives). It's a great road, but consider it a side trip that will take a few hours, not a route that gets you anywhere. The Junction Cafe is only open on weekends currently.

    If you don't want to take one of the main highways back, I would suggest Highway 49 for as much of its 300 mile length as you can ride. It starts in Oakhurst, which you get to by taking Highway 41 out of Fresno, and ends way up north when it hits Highway 70. It would probably be a good idea to bail out at about Sattley and take Highway 89 then 70 northward. The section between Nevada City and Sierra City is absolutely wonderful. The part between Auburn and Nevada City is a bit of a drag, though. If you go that way, you can take Placer Hills (at Clipper Gap), then Dog Bar into Grass Valley which is a much better ride at the cost of less than half an hour of extra time. I quite like those roads.

    Highway 395 on the east side of the Sierras is actually a pretty good choice. Very scenic with enough curves to keep it interesting. You could follow it all the way to I-84 then follow the Columbia river back to Beaverton.
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  16. Zuber

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    If it was me, I'd ride slowly down the coast to just north of the bay, then cross over the valley to the Serria foot hills, follow 49 mostly down, work your way through Lk Issabella and keep going south to Mojave and turn east through Death Valley then back up 395 mostly, looping into the Serria Mts when there's a good pass that's open. North of Reno, cross over through Quincy CA and then straight north, Crater LK, Steamboat OR, and back to Ptland.

    Take me.
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    Invite Zoob (Zuber) and follow his tail light and buy him meals.

    It will be worth it!

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  18. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    I had no idea I would be getting so many great ideas. One thing I did forget to mention. I'm looking forward to hitting two museums. One is Malcolm smiths I believe in Riverside and the other I don't recall the name (He recently died of cancer) Both I hear are fantastic.
    Also, the following weekend is Memorial day so I will have 10 full days....
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  19. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Mr. Dual Sport Rider

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    If you're coming back on Memorial Day weekend, be prepared for much heavier traffic. I've done that before, not realizing until too late where all of the extra cars had come from.
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  20. Zuber

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    My plan works around Memorial Day. You'll be out in the least populated, open roads, out east.
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