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Old March 14th, 2013   #11
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I prefer I-5 to 58 headed south (quicker), but have you ever done the Bend / Susanville / Reno / Fernley / Tonopah / LV route? All great roads and scenery.
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Old March 26th, 2013   #12
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Instead of I-5 north to Oregon, 139 to 97 is much much better: no traffic, beautiful forests, great pavement, then catch 58 over to I-5 if that's where you are headed - avoids Redmond/Bend traffic and Hwy 26 down from Hood which can get ugly. Or stay on 97 or 26/35 to the Gorge and ride in to PDX on I-84. Do the 84 part in the AM... twilight bewitching hour is awesome gorgeous (sun behind you). 97 drops you farther east so you get to see more variety from dry desert browns to wet forest greens.
thanks, will try some of these this summer ... can't wait
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Old March 26th, 2013   #13
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If you're not in a hurry, go up hwy 101 along the coast into Oregon. Just remember to watch the road and not the scenery. ;-)
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I prefer I-5 to 58 headed south (quicker), but have you ever done the Bend / Susanville / Reno / Fernley / Tonopah / LV route? All great roads and scenery.
No, but I did the Shasta / McLeod / Reno / Fernley / Tonopah / LV route.

That's why I'm going through Bend this time.
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Old July 24th, 2013   #15
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update -

we did a repeat of this ride

slight changes, here are some highlights -

Hwy 128 CA - took this great and very scenic road all the way from Calistoga to the Coast and enjoyed the wineries along the way. Just before crossing Hwy 101 there is also a nice BBQ Joint and as it was lunch time and there were bikes out front we stopped in - very good BBQ (pork and brisket)

Hwy 199 CA - OR - after again encountering too much fog even past Crescent City we took inland to discover Cave Junction and a few other places of interest.

all in all another great ride in the greatest motorcycling corridor .... BC, WA, OR and NorCal
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FWIW, I used to drive or ride between LA and SF quite often and generally eschewed both the mind-numbing tedium of I-5 and the endless CHiP harrassment of 101 by deftly slipping between them on Highways 25, 198 and 33. However, you don't want to be wringing the throttle on Highway 25 at night or you'll end up in a canyon or somebody's pasture...

Most of that is rural two-lane, with very little traffic and (therefore) very little law enforcement presence. I generally went as fast as I dared, and that generally meant that route was both more enjoyable and quicker than slabbing it (albeit more dangerous). If ultra-fast two-lane isn't your thing, you can also just cruise it and enjoy the varied scenery.

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The fog on the central and northern Ca. Coast is mostly in the summer months. The extreme heat of the central valley sucks in the ocean fog. Clear summer days are when there is an off shore air flow "Santa Anna" wind. The folks who live in the extreme heat of the valley go to places like Morro Bay and just love the cool fog for a change, but it sucks for riding.

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Yeah I can always tell if it's hot inland of me by watching that marine layer. Socked in at Ventura = hotter 'n' hell in Santa Clarita, San Fernando, etc.
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The fog on the central and northern Ca. Coast is mostly in the summer months. The extreme heat of the central valley sucks in the ocean fog...
ah that makes sense, yes.

but in any case, we really enjoy the southern OR and NorCal areas ... warmer than BC, not too far away .... gas a bit cheaper in OR but you cannot pump it yourself ... ha !

Ride ... then stop
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.... gas a bit cheaper in OR but you cannot pump it yourself ... ha !
That's only a vicious rumor!!! I have yet to have an attendant put gas in my bike tank. They'll work the pump controls, and then hand me the nozzle to fill my tank. And, that law also only applies to gasoline. If you have a diesel vehicle, you can pump your own diesel.

Having said that, I just got back from the California Bay Area. Gas in Oregon is 30 to 50 cents cheaper than in California, right next to the refineries.....
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