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Old 03-29-2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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Riding to the Bay Area this weekend

My GF and I are riding down to the Bay Area this weekend. It would appear we've chosen a poor weekend, weather-wise, to do this ride. Nevertheless, the ride must go on.

We're planning on leaving Friday afternoon via I-90 and then down through Yakima, camping at Deschutes River SP (or, more likely, hoteling it). From there, I'm looking at routing suggestions through central Oregon. I'd prefer to avoid droning down 97 -- I was looking at going through Fossil, Seneca and John Day, and down 395 to Alturas -- is that any better? From there, over 299 and figure it out from there. Anything to avoid I-5.

Am I at risk of snow along the route? Do people have suggestions for other routes? Places to camp along the CA/OR border on Saturday night? Or maybe cheap motels?
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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very cool huzar, stay safe.. looking forward to seeing the pics
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:58 PM   #3
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Going with the girl? Make sure to spend some time on the coast - she'll love it.

I've camped a couple times in a campground on Highway 199 outside Grant's Pass. Nice place, friendly hosts, and they have beer for sale.
http://www.redwoodhwycampground.com/

How many days do you have to get down there?
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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Only two days to get down -- have to be there Sunday evening. But we have four days to head back. We're in Goldendale tonight, and will likely head through Fossil and John Day tomorrow. The tentative plan is to camp near Fisher Hot Springs tomorrow, north of Adel. Looks like an interesting spot. Haven't figured out how we're going to head into the Bay Area after that -- cruising down I-5 does not seem like fun...

Hoping the weather will be nicer on the way back, so that we can enjoy the coast.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:43 AM   #5
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anywhere in this fucking rain is not going to be much fun
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:10 PM   #6
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anywhere in this fucking rain is not going to be much fun
Nope, it wasn't

We headed down towards Condon and Fossil. Started out in the sun, but it turned to fog, and then rain. Stopped at Big Timber Cafe in Fossil to warm up, and when we came out it was raining. Decided that heading to John Day and Seneca would be a bad idea with this storm front, so we hauled ass to Antelope and then picked up 97 and headed south. Had nice weather around Bend, and then it got shitty again past La Pine. Cold, and snowing at times.

At least now we're in Klamath Falls in a motel, right across the street from the local brewery
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gonna be fun getting out of that town without hitting snow
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:34 PM   #9
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We did not hit any snow or ice coming out if Klamath Falls via 97 this morning. Waited 'till 9:30 or so to give the sun a chance to warm things up. Now in Red Bluff -- head west on Red Bank road and follow rural roads down to wine country
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We did not hit any snow or ice coming out if Klamath Falls via 97 this morning. Waited 'till 9:30 or so to give the sun a chance to warm things up. Now in Red Bluff -- head west on Red Bank road and follow rural roads down to wine country
PICS!! I'm excited to hear about your ride. I'm planning this same trip myself in late May, but hoping to spend four days on the road on my way to Santa Rosa. Very interested in hearing about what route you plan to take on the way back up North, but it sounds like maybe you will be on the coast highway. Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:30 PM   #11
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A great view of Shasta from 97:


We headed down I-5 until Red Bluff, and then headed SW on Red Bank Rd, eventually veering south, picking up small county and dirt roads until we hit Highway 20. There's some gorgeous scenery back there. At some point we found a red dirt road that went through Indian Valley (I think), which went through a lovely wild canyon. Then west on 20, south on 29 through Calistoga, and then slabbing it to Oakland.

More pics to come, but today was a lot of fun. Need to start planning the return route
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:20 PM   #12
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Riding the back roads between the Central Valley and Mendocino National Forest
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