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Old 10-16-2014, 01:31 AM   #1
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Making up lost time
 
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Location: Battle Ground, Washington
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Portland to SoCal in later December

Xmas break to Ontario area before the real trip begins in Joshua Tree NP, Salton Sea and other areas that are too hot to see in August. My questions are: 1. How far south must one ride to be able to avoid the snow/black ice on I-5 from Roseburg, OR down? Redding or further?
2. If I cut across from I-5 around Eugene to 101 and follow south into CA where would it be safe to cross over back to i-5 (again this part is more to make time).
3. If I choose to stop and smell the frozen roses, how bad is PCH along NorCal coast vs. 101?
4. I already pm'd a member on this one, but does PCH below Golden Gate bridge save time over 101 to get below the Bay Area?

I figure the "motor home Bob's" won't be out in force this time of year but I must plan on facing some unpleasant weather.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:22 AM   #2
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Weather is a crap shoot these days.
If you hit it right I-5 will be the fastest but you are smart to plan ahead.


1. Redding south will be OK to Bakersdfield but Grapevine and Tehachapi Passes can close also forcing you back to the 101.
2. 101 fastest along the coast, cut over to I-5 on Hwy 20 or any where further south.
If weather allows hwy's 299 and 33 are iconic twisty roads but not fast.
3. Hwy 1 along the Calif north coast is great but will take twice as long to travel over Hwy 101.
Check out the Lost Coast Hwy starting in Ferndale.
4. No, PHC will always be slowest but scenic.
Hwy 101 will always be fastest, just miss the rush hours thru SF

I'm on the Tent Space List if you need a rest stop or assistance.

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