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Old 09-09-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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9 Day Motorcycle Trip along the PCH

I have always loved the ocean, and try to get there at least once a year. Ever since I
bought my bike I had been dreaming of taking a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway.

After about a year of planning, I set off for the coast. This trip was taken in September of 2012
and I am just now finally doing a report on it. I hope that I haven't forgotten too much.


Here is the Google Latitude tracking the route that I took.



The main idea of the route was to start from my home in Lehi, UT. To head up to the Canada Border.
Then follow as closely as I could the the coastal highway down to the mexico border. Then head back home.

I had planned out the route and where to stay even to the point of making reservations for each night.
I know this didn't leave much room for variation or error, but it also gave me the peace
of mind, that I would have a place to stay and gave me a goal to get to each day.

Mike my brother-in-law expressed an interest in coming. He even talked about buying a motorcycle.
But in the end he decided to come but just to drive his car along with me. He wasn't able to
come for the whole ride, but he will be there for the first 5 days.

In preparation for this trip, I ordered a rain suit from Motorcycle Superstore. They sent it
in plenty of time, but it was a the wrong size. It took calling, emailing and online chatting
to finally get them to send me the correct size in 2 days so that I would have it for the trip.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:26 PM   #4
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Day 1 PCH (Friday, September 14, 2012)

Here is another map of the entire route. The bubbles indicate the places that I had planned
on spending the night.



My plan was to get everything packed Thursday night and then get into work early Friday
to get off at 3 pm and hopefully be on the road by 4:00.  Well as it always does,
things took longer and it was getting late Thursday, so I decided to just get to bed and
go in and work just 1/2 day and finish on Friday.

When I got home Friday I gathered everything that I planned to take around the bike.
It looked like way too much stuff, but I feel like I needed all of it.

Here is all the stuff laying on the ground waiting to get packed on the bike


Everything made it on the bike (barely)


After loading everything up, I decided to take it for a test spin around the neighborhood.
Instantly it felt way different and was kind of hard to control. After a few minutes I
adjusted to it and it felt ok. I was a little nervous about driving so far with such a big
load on the back.

Starting Mileage


Mike showed up about 3:45 pm. We said our goodbye's and got on the road a little after
4:00 pm. I wished Mike was more interested in motorcycles and he would have had
one too, but I was grateful that he was willing to come with me, even if he was just
following in his car. Most of my pictures are thanks to him taking them behind me.
Otherwise I probably wouldn't have very many.



Heading towards the freeway


Traffic was already crazy going through Salt Lake City.  It took quite a while.
There was a small rest stop in Kaysville that we pulled off at to just rest for a minute and
relax after all the traffic.



We continued on I-15 until the I-84 split off.  I'm not a big fan of Interstate
driving, but these first couple of days we just wanted to quickly get up to the Canada
border and then out to the coast.

Entering Idaho


Our destination for tonight was the KOA in Jerome, ID I had hoped to make it before dark.
It was close, but we got to the KOA about 8:45 pm. It was a nice sunset as we were getting close.







When we got the KOA I was pretty tired. I think the late nights lately had really started
catching up with me. We got our tent set up and then jumped in his car and headed into
Twin Falls to a Wendy's for dinner. I was exhausted but also excited to be out on the trip.
I was hoping to get to bed early, but we stayed up late talking. I knew I would regret
it the next day.

Route for Day 1 (243 miles)
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:48 PM   #5
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The PCH is a great ride, I've done it both directions. The Monterey peninsula area is worth spending a couple extra days exploring if you have the time.
I'm envious of your trip.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:20 AM   #6
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If Mike is following you in his car on this trip, why didn't load all your gear into his car, your very own chase vehicle?!
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:52 AM   #7
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If Mike is following you in his car on this trip, why didn't load all your gear into his car, your very own chase vehicle?!
That is a really good idea. I must be a little slow because it took me a whole day into the trip to figure that out, as you'll see.

Mike was only able to come for half the trip and then he had to head home, so I also wanted to make sure that I would be able to pack everything on the bike once he was gone.

Also I did feel like it was cheating a little bit to have a support vehicle following the whole way. I wanted to feel like I could have done the whole thing by myself.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:41 PM   #8
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:12 AM   #9
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Just did the southern California part of your trip last week, but in reverse (San Diego to San Francisco). PM, if you'd like some tips based on our success, and failures :-)
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:48 AM   #10
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On with the report

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this. Life just happens. Hopefully I can get the rest of this report done.
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:49 AM   #11
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Day 2 PCH (Saturday, September 15, 2012)

Today we road the most miles out of any day on the trip. 483 miles.
We started from the KOA in Jerome ID, passed into Oregon, and finished
the day at a Days Inn in Yakima, WA.

Our Campsite at the KOA in Jerome, ID



Just pulled off the freeway to rest



I-84 getting close to the Oregon border



Crossing the border into Oregon



Pretty nice scenery through the Mountains






Crossing into Washington



Route for the day. Several places where cell reception was bad



It was fairly late when we got to the Days Inn. We went and got a pizza
and headed back to the hotel to watch the BYU football game.
I was pretty exhausted from the days drive. I was definitely ready for bed.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:46 PM   #12
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Sounds epic, I'm in!

In 1989 I drove solo in an old sports car I had restored (pre-bike days) from HouTex to the Grand Canyon, up eastern California to Grants Pass (& Crater Lake) then south on the PCH (had to be south so as to be on the ocean side of the road) to San Diego and on to HouTex to close the loop. I was driving through San Francisco listening to the World Series pregame broadcast on the radio when the quake struck, I kept on driving amazed at the coincidence. I got home on a Friday and returned to work the following Monday. I met the lady who is now my wife that first morning back at work. Needless to say, for me there was magic in that trip.

I hope your trip was special, for you, as well.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #13
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In. Looking forward to the PCH stretch. I drove it back in '99 and really enjoyed it. Planning on riding it in the next year or two.

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Old 05-13-2015, 06:50 AM   #14
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The makings of a classic.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:39 AM   #15
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fun fun.....

Thanks for doing the ride report on this great area. It's something I've wanted to do for many years and now at going on 72, time is running out. :-(

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