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Old 06-17-2013, 01:51 PM   #16
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Yes I agree with Larry Boy... I-5 ain't what it use to be... Lots of places on the 5 where you are slogging not speeding...
I agree, the I-5 is not the scenic adventure ride of a life time, but I think it is still the "fastest" way to Seattle if you have to travel by road. Getting an early start when you are on a well traveled highway, and have to put on some heavy miles, is always smart advice. For me, I didn't see too many choke points once I got above Sacramento. Depending on where you are leaving from in LA can make the difference of many hours if you choose a poor route and leave at the wrong time. Larry is spot on with the 14 out of LA, it can be a very hot parking lot.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:14 PM   #17
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What about a slow route

Sorry to hijack your post but this right up my alley
Except I want to go LA to Lewiston then over the Lolo
But I have a bit more time
Any heads up on a route that shows off the best your country has to ride
We are a small group of Australians coming over to ride the blacktop
Don't mind a bit of dirt but bikes will be HDs so that is a factor
Any help will be appreciated
Thanks
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:23 PM   #18
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Sorry to hijack your post but this right up my alley
Except I want to go LA to Lewiston then over the Lolo
But I have a bit more time
Any heads up on a route that shows off the best your country has to ride
We are a small group of Australians coming over to ride the blacktop
Don't mind a bit of dirt but bikes will be HDs so that is a factor
Any help will be appreciated
Thanks
Paul
I have your slow route right here, yes sir, I have ridden San Fran to Lewiston a few years ago on a nice 5 day route. If you have 4-5 days at least, you will have a GREAT ride from LA to Lewiston to get to the Lolo Pass.

I recommend the following route:
Leaving LA: Head up the coast from LA on CA-1, and keep going north past San Fran. To avoid some of the mess of the urban sprawl of LA, do this:
CA-33 North
CA-58 West
CA-229 North ("Rossi's Driveway", short but very fun road)
CA-46 West
CA-1 North
CA-36 East
CA-3 North
US-97 North
Stop at Crater Lake if you have time
US-26 North
OR-19 North
and so fourth to get to Lewiston for the Lolo.

Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/PWMNu

Second option is going up 395 to experience the Sierra Nevada's instead of the coast: http://goo.gl/maps/ykh7t

On this route (the first option up the coast) you will see:
















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Old 06-17-2013, 03:28 PM   #19
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I agree, the I-5 is not the scenic adventure ride of a life time, but I think it is still the "fastest" way to Seattle if you have to travel by road. Getting an early start when you are on a well traveled highway, and have to put on some heavy miles, is always smart advice. For me, I didn't see too many choke points once I got above Sacramento. Depending on where you are leaving from in LA can make the difference of many hours if you choose a poor route and leave at the wrong time. Larry is spot on with the 14 out of LA, it can be a very hot parking lot.
I've driven the 14 many an evening in the car heading out for weekend rock climbing and hiking trips, but luckily I'll be on the bike and have access to the HOV lane. Plan is to leave on a Thursday evening, which shouldn't be as bad as the weekend rush of a Friday night.

I think I will head up 14 to 395 and get to at least Lone Pine the first night. From there, depending on weather and how I feel, I will either take 395 to 97 to Eugene, or 395 to 44/89 at Susanville to get onto the 5. And then just use 5 all the way up. Technically I have all of Day 3 to use if need be, which would put the total allotted riding time at 2 full days plus the 4-5 hours from the evening of day 1.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:38 AM   #20
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Thanks for the advice

Well we followed you directions sort of
That pch below San Fran was pretty but so crowded
Coming into SF on the 101 at 100mph on the 6 laner was exciting
Rode a pushy over the golden gate
The pch north of SF was fantastic
As was the avenue of the giants
The ca36 fortunate to redding
Hells canyon
Now today we go Lolo pass to Missoula
Thanks again for the advice
That to us 8 days
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:48 AM   #21
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Check the mileage for this route. It may be within reason and bypasses a lot of congestion.

395 out of LA
go east around Reno area and head to Gerlach. It gets you around Reno, but may take longer than 395.
reconnect with 395
Continue to Kennewick, WA.
Interestate to central Seattle. Mostly empty road. Maybe 30 more mi than Seattle to Portland, but no Eugene,Portland,Vancouver,Olympia traffic. This whole I-5 corridor is heavy traffic.
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