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Old 02-11-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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San Diego to Oregon via the coast

hey guys & gals

I am planning a trip from San Diego to the Oregon border which will be a mix between off & on road riding.

What are some interesting places to stop and see?

What are some good campgrounds & motels to stay at?

How do you think I should break up the trip?

Here is the link with my planned tracks for the trip what do you think?

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...9#post17966959


Here is what I have planned so far let me know what your thoughts are


Stop 1 ---lunch Newport Beach

Stop 2----site see in Newport beach

Stop 3------- Dockweiler state beach

Stop 4----- Will Rogers’s state beach / park

Stop 5----Malibu state RV Park

Stop 6----Malibu Lake

Stop 7---Point Dume State beach Malibu

Stop 8 ------Lake Casitas Recreation area / campground (Las Padres National Forests)

Stop 9----Can camp at State Eagle retreat or continue to Santa Barbra

Stop 10 ----Spend the night in Santa Barbra Hotel Presidio Motel Phone: 805-963-1355 Cost $107

-Visit Down town / check out shops & beach

Stop 11----Inn At Morro Bay 60 State Park Rd, Morro Bay, CA, 93442 United States 866-539-8430 $119 – $239 per night


Stop 12-----Sands By The Sea
9355 Hearst Drive San Simeon, CA 93452 1-805-927-4668 $80-$100 per night

Stop 13---Hearst Castle 750 Hearst Castle Road San Simeon, CA 93452-9741 (805) 927-2020 $10 / $20 reserve at least one day in advance


Stop 14 ----------Big Sur Lodge Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 47225 Highway One Big Sur, CA 93920 1-800-424-4787 (831) 667-3100

-Camp at big sur campgrounds
-Point Sur state historic park
-Go hiking
-Big Sur bakery & restaurant
-Big Sur deli
-Big sur hot springs
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Stop 16 ------Monterey bay Lodge
55 Camino Aguajito Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-8057
$80-$150 per night

- Fisherman’s Warf –Monterey
- Play golf
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Pebble beach




Stop 17----Pasadena State beach

Stop 18--- half-moon state beach

Stop 19----Pacifica state beach

Stop 20----San Francisco


Stop 21---Santa Rosa

Stop 22----Fort barry military reservation

Stop 22--- Sausalito –lunch

Stop 23-------Ft Cronkhite Military reservation

Stop 24-----hill 640 Military reservation

Stop 25--------Ft Ross State historic park

Stop 26 Fort Ross Lodge 20705 Coast Hwy 1 Jenner, CA 95450 (707) 847-6864
$130-$230


Stop 27--------Stewart Point Island

Stop 28--------- Sea Ranch Lodge $160-$330

Stop 29--------- Elk Cove Inn & Spa $245-$400
800-275-2967

Stop 30----West union landing state beach

Stop 31----soldier frank hill

Stop 32-------- Orchard Camp / Bear landing Sinkyone Wilderness

Stop 33------shelter Cove CA

Stop 34----------Oceanfront Inn at Shelter Cove
26 Seal Court
Shelter Cove, CA 95589
800-824-1614 ~ 707-986-7002
$120-$190

Stop 35-------Black Rock Petrolia, CA

Stop 36-----Humboldt Gables Motel •
40 West Davis Street • Rio Dell, CA 95562
Phone: (707) 764-5609

Avenue of the Giants
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
The Lost Coast
Victorian Village of Ferndale

Stop -----37
Crescent Beach Motel Lodging
1455 U.S. Highway 101 South
Crescent City, CA 95531
707-464-5436
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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Honestly, way too over planned. Here's another plan. Jump on the bike, aim it north, and go. Done. Eat when you get hungry, stop when you get tired. If something looks interesting, take a look. If it doesn't keep going.

I'm not trying to be a SA. My 6000 mile trip to Alaska plan has a single reservation requiring a time table cause I'm boarding a ship. Other than that there is no plan. You'll only find the true potential of your bike and yourself when you let go.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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Honestly, way too over planned. Here's another plan. Jump on the bike, aim it north, and go. Done. Eat when you get hungry, stop when you get tired. If something looks interesting, take a look. If it doesn't keep going.

I'm not trying to be a SA. My 6000 mile trip to Alaska plan has a single reservation requiring a time table cause I'm boarding a ship. Other than that there is no plan. You'll only find the true potential of your bike and yourself when you let go.


Getting back to the OP- when does this micromanaged expedition happen?...
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:06 AM   #4
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........and I thought I under planned the trip lol I l actually like the idea of just hoping on the bike, heading north and seeing what happens

I would like to do it in the next month or so but Im flexible doing it spring would be nice too I think.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:43 PM   #5
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Caution! Of course, my type of planning can sometimes get a little iffy. In September I'll be walking 510 miles in Spain (Camino de Santiago) with whatever I can carry on my back No reservations, no idea (at least now) how to speak spanish, etc.
I just retired @ 49. Up until now, my life was based on a schedule, usually some elses schedule. We get so damn comfortable in these silk chains that we forget what actual freedom and adventure really is. I'm still working on that one. However, I suspect, it begins with carrying less bricks in our backpack.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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........and I thought I under planned the trip lol I l actually like the idea of just hoping on the bike, heading north and seeing what happens

I would like to do it in the next month or so but Im flexible doing it spring would be nice too I think.
The weather will be way nicer in Summer for the route you have outlined.

In March, I'd stay more in the desert than along the coast.
Too damp and cool.

Also, as I posted in your other thread (GPS route) your route through Orange County and LA on the 1 is just going to be an endless boring succession of stop lights.

And the other posters are right.
Planning like yours turns a trip into nothing more than a commute.
Don't do it.

And just call a cool looking motel when you get to Morro Bay, you can find a nice one for about $80. In the summer.

This trip plan is nuts. You're kidding, right?
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #7
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I guess I over planned it a little bit lol, I tend to do that..... I need to let go more often and just play it by ear.
thanks I saw that post & responded to it.

I kinda of prefer the cool weather but my timing is open at this point

What do you find crazy about it besides the over planning? lol
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:58 AM   #8
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I guess I over planned it a little bit lol, I tend to do that.....
Yes, as everyone else said, you over planned it. Remember that this is the coast and there is no shortage of places to stay and eat. When we travel up the coast to Oregon, the only place I tend to make reservations for is Monterey in the summer (if we will be stopping there), because it gets pretty busy then.

A couple of things that you should add to your list of things to consider (but don't make a fetish out of having to do these!):

-The Elephant seals just north of San Simeon, CA. The beach is just adjacent to the hiway and you can just stop and check them out.
http://www.beachcalifornia.com/piedras.html

-Morro Bay has a nice little campground:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=594

-The Curly Redwood Lodge at Crescent City is ADVrider approved!
http://www.curlyredwoodlodge.com/

Have way fun on your trip! I love riding up the coast, especially the section of Hiway 1 north of San Francisco.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:17 AM   #9
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Ok, I'll add something in violation of my own rules (like I said, I'm a recovering over planner). Check out the Trinidad Bay Eatery in Trinidad ( about 30 miles north of Eureka on 101). The blackberry cobbler is homemade and about as good as it gets.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #11
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thanks r77toy for the suggestions the links didn't work for some reason but I see the names of the restaurants so I will keep them in mind for the trip
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:30 PM   #12
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Stop 13---Hearst Castle +1 (from what I hear)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium +1
- Pebble beach (they used to prohibit motorcycles but I heard they stopped that)

Stop 20----San Francisco (got time on your hands? See http://usmotogpfans.com/roads/49mdplus/)

This might give you more ideas: goo.gl/n5Ks6
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:20 AM   #13
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Stop 13---Hearst Castle +1 (from what I hear)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium +1
- Pebble beach (they used to prohibit motorcycles but I heard they stopped that)

Stop 20----San Francisco (got time on your hands? See http://usmotogpfans.com/roads/49mdplus/)

This might give you more ideas: goo.gl/n5Ks6

thanks Steve for the info I think I will do that 49 mile drive.
I have two friends that live in San Francisco that I can stay with so I can spend some time to sight see.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:39 AM   #14
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Planned photo stops...

Hey Stoked...

I don't think you've over thought your itinerary. It looks to me as you're intending to choose photo ops along the way which may simply have been misunderstood by others. I think your preplanning is very helpful when you want to capture the trip with a camera and are trying to decide the best photo ops. In fact I've never completed a motorcycle adventure where I said " I wish I wouldn't have stopped and taken so many photos". For me it's always regretting that I didn't take more. You're choosing some good spots and can always substitute for better ones on the fly. Take lots of photos, post them for us during your trip and let us all travel along vicariously through you. Sounds like you'll have a great ride.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:37 AM   #15
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ya can't go wrong with a ride up the coast, in any weather..... course, sunny and dry beats wet and cold any day but the views and photo ops are spectacular. IMO the route gets really good just past Hurst Castle ( stop and see the seal rookery) all the way through Oregon. Stay on Hwy 1 ... well worth the effort.
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