Im so happy you and Kuriin found each other. Remember to post some wedding pics from SF when its happening ;-)
Gents, I'm going to go on a romantic bike trip with a good buddy of mine, the second week of September. We even have matching bikes, it's that gay! In any case, looking for some suggestions on things that we should see or do along the way. Route and itinerary as follows:
- Day 1 (Sept 6): Truck Bikes to Rossland - 625km (distance from Calgary)
- Bike down to Spokane 195kms
- Day 2 (Sept 7): Bike from Spokane to Mt. St. Helens (583km)
- Day 3 (Sept 8) pick up the 101 by highway 30 through Lewis and Clark National Park then head down to Florence – 470km
· Day 4 (Sept 9): Florence to Redwood National Park – 370km
· Day 5 (Sept 10): Redwood to Sacramento – 385km (We can stop off in Napa for some wine or go take the bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge)
· Days 6,7 (Sept 11/12) head straight back to Spokane in two days on the main highway. It’s 1300km between the two on the main highway so we can stop somewhere along the way.
· Day 8 (Sept 13), Drive from Spokane to Rossland and Pack up the bikes and head home.
That's a copypasta from an email. All suggestions welcome! We've definitely got some spare time on the way down, those are pretty short days. We'll be doing a mix of camping and hotels.
Last edited by Eomer; 08-12-2014 at 10:45 PM.
Drive through Sacramento and up to Lake Tahoe. Totally worth it and a great place to hike/bike. Keep in mind that the Crescent City area to SF will take you most of the day, even if you take the 101 instead of the 1. It's another couple of hours (traffic willing) to Sacramento from there.
Yeah, Napa makes better wine (from what I've heard) but Sonoma is a much better place to visit.
lol, yes, motorbikes. I don't intend on riding a road bike 2000 miles in 10 days.
Just shows how high the standards are we hold a Canadian to nowadays. I am disappoint.
As for some actually useful info: this spring we drove a camper from Lake Tahoe over Sacramento to Napa valley to Bodega Bay on the Pacific coast, then south over the US1 (SF, Santa Cruz,...). Lake Tahoe is splendid. The road from there to Sacremento is beautiful to. Compared to that, the whole part from there over Napa valley is a disappointment, until you get to the Pacific coast. Avoid the 29, 37 and 101, they are very busy and we got stuck in traffic at several spots.
The US1 north of SF is exceptional: very very curvy (plenty of 15MPH bends), narrow and with the steep, rocky coast just next to the road at times. It was the most stressy road we drove on with our camper (besides getting almost stuck on a dirt road near Yosemite but I digress). So if you can handle the road it's beautiful but it's not always for the faint-hearted.
Go from Florence and hit up my hometown of Coos Bay. Enjoy some small town coastal bliss.
The road from Sacramento up to Portland is the most boring shit ever.
Source: I've drove from Seattle to LA and that section + the Cali Valley was complete zzzzzfest
The Central Valley is the worst.
The 5 between Sacramento and Portland is ok in a couple of spots. The Shasta area up through maybe an hour's drive north of the Oregon border is very nice, but that doesn't compare with the coast. Avoid the 5 unless you're strapped for time.
I was thinking bicycle as well when I was reading the first day. 195 km is fucking hard core but doable, but then on day two I kind of got the hint.
Sounds like the trip is all about riding and you're not going to be doing much stopping and smelling of the roses/redwoods.
Nah, the days are short enough distance wise that we can spend a good part of them stopping to see stuff. But yeah, only for a few hours at a time, and preferably in the late afternoon or evenings. 500-600km a day means that if we're on the road at 8am, we're pretty much at our destination by 2-3pm.
Glad to know everyone has such a high opinion of the physical fitness of us Canucks!
Not all Canucks, Eomer. You. Our Canuck.
Well, I have dropped about 12lbs in the last few months. Thanks for noticing!
If you go by hood river on your way back to Spokane pm me. Can grab a beer or something.
Thanks for the offer, but I don't think we went by there. Not overly close anyways. We ended up trailering the bikes straight to Yakima, then took the 12 and 131 by Mt St Helens (holy fuck that road was fun!), missed the turn to Portland, ended up in Longview, said fuck it and continued on to Astoria before picking up the 101. Went down the 101 as far as Crescent City and the Redwood parks, then headed back North through Grant's Pass, checked out Crater Lake, went up the Cascade Lakes scenic byway, got hammered at Deschutes in Bend, loaded up in Yakima, and drove straight home. Ended up putting more miles on the truck/trailer than the bikes. About 3,200 km on the truck, and 2,500 km on the bikes.
Unfortunately we lost a day and a half in Astoria, because the fuckwads at the local Ducati dealer in Edmonton didn't bother to tell me that my tire was basically done and needed immediate replacement when I dropped it off for a oil change and check over before the trip, despite me specifically telling them that the bike was going on a long trip. We found a tire in Astoria immediately, but because the rear tire takes a 55mm 12 point socket to get off, they had to overnight a non-OEM socket in. Good news was that there was some really good brew pubs in Astoria as well, so we made the best of it.
My tire when we pulled in to Astoria, about 500 km after the service, and the legit bike shop that replaced it:
And yes, I know I'm a dumbfuck who should have known that the tire was nearly done, but jesus titty fuck you think you could trust the fucking DUCATI DEALER to be like "oh hey man, your $20,000 bike needs a $300 tire yesterday, you want us to put one on for you?" In the end I am lucky as fuck that the stupid thing didn't blow out on me.
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