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Old 02-15-2018, 12:48 PM   #21
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Re: Northern California ride June 2018

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Thanks for the heads up KP!

Couple of notes- since moving here I've been getting familiar with the area and riding a lot of the NoCal roads. If you're going up 1 and want to have a "more fun" experience, there are TONS of great roads between 1 and 101 that are fun riding.

Roads we like (my riding groups):
Skaggs Springs: https://goo.gl/7ZTpyQ
Boonville Ukiah: https://goo.gl/qAcPUq
Comptche Ukiah: https://goo.gl/Kb8yK1
CA36 (140mi no services, all twisties): https://goo.gl/Yjk1ts

If you're looking for more dirt type routes, here is a map from a yearly ride called "SheetIron 300" which is done by all levels of skill.

2017 (a/k/a the StraightIron):
https://goo.gl/dMgjPc

2016 (less straight):
https://goo.gl/gtoHzL

There's nowhere you can go up there (save the Central Valley, AVOID) that isn't good riding, at the very least scenic as heck. I'm getting rather spoiled.

Ya'll have a fun trip! If you need a free lodging point in NoCal, I can put ya'll up for a night. I'm in Livermore (1hr east of SF City, 1hr southwest of Stockton.) We have 2 guest beds and two sofas.
Thanks for the roads and info. Appreciate the lodging offer, but we will probably motel it to kinda decide on the fly. I'm sure we will include some of those in our route.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:55 PM   #22
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We also rode through Bryce NP and Grand Escalante. Maybe next time we can ride the ferry.

The Map helps a lot. I am somewhat directionally challenged at times. The Utah DOT website reports the Ferry ro be down due to mechanical problems.
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Old 02-15-2018, 01:05 PM   #23
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Went south instead on 95 through Fry Canyon. Very scenic views and a fun stretch of pavement. Needed to head south to ride the entire Coronado Trail. No way I could let JMZ miss that road on his first bike ride in the west.

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That is a little south of where I was planning to cross NM, but hey plans may change. Looks to be entertaining.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:36 PM   #24
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Re: Northern California ride June 2018

My friend says you can expect snow at Crater Lk in June.

He also said it would take him 2 weeks to do what you are planning out of SF.
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My friend says you can expect snow at Crater Lk in June.

He also said it would take him 2 weeks to do what you are planning out of SF.
Yeah... we've heard that kinda stuff before (but usually on dual sports).

2100 miles in 7 days seems pretty doable though.

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Re: Northern California ride June 2018

My wife and I moved to Waco from McKinleyville two years ago, so I know the area pretty well (she was there for 20 years, me, about two years). I've been up into Oregon the way you are speaking of, and it's a great ride. However, if you can take an extra day, go east on 299 from McKinleyville until you can go south on Forest Road 6, which you can eventually hook up with Forest Rd 1, which intersects with Hwy 36 and you can wind your way back over to 101. That ride will take much of the day, and it's magnificent. The forest roads are pretty much paved (barely in spots), but there's literally no traffic and the twisties and scenery are beyond awesome. Wind up the day with a walk in Arcata's Redwood Park. You will not find a more awesome display of giant Redwoods to walk among. (To my way of thinking, it's the best city park in America, and it's not small either.)
As to places to stay, there "ain't much". Arcata has the best places to eat in the area, and is a pretty little town with an old fashioned square. I would pretty much avoid staying in Eureka unless you need help with the bikes; no shortage of tweekers there; however old town Eureka is pretty neat. If you need mechanical assistance with the bikes, there's a terrific little repair shop called North Coast Cycle on 15th St in Eureka. Also, Pacific Motorsports on the south side of Eureka is ok, but I'd avoid the dealers unless you need warranty work.
Hope you have fun! We may be out that way later this year, but after the BMW rally in Des Moines we're thinking northern Montana and possible on up to Banff.
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Wow. That sounds like golden info. Makes me wanna go.
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