Northern California - Bicycle Touring from San Francisco to Crescent City??
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04-26-12, 08:36 PM
I am planning a trip from SF to Seatle up the coast. I was wondering if anyone had any pointers. I have heard that biking the coast is very dangerous, is this true? Also does anyone know about the wind patterns on the coast? If I am heading north will I have a constant headwind? Also any great places to camp or see along the way?
I appreciate the input
DG Going Uphill
04-26-12, 10:21 PM
Done it in the other direction and it wasn't dangerous at all. Winds could be a big problem for you, though they invert every few years. If inverted when you do it, you'll still have headwinds, but not nearly as bad as usual.
04-26-12, 10:21 PM
i've come down from the north and i had a tail wind mostly (augus). not particularly dangerous compared to other parts of the U.S.
04-29-12, 09:25 PM
I've done it several times BITD. It's all good- Hwy 1, Avenue of the Giants, parks north of Arcata, Oregon coast.
Headwinds likely. Have a great time. Pack light!
05-01-12, 03:10 PM
Buy this book (I have listed the Amazon.com link because that is what I found first, not because I am shilling for Amazon.com).
This should tell you just about all you might want to know.
Also, is there any possibility of riding Seattle to SF? You are far, far more likely to have near-constant headwinds going south-to-north than the other way around. Constant headwinds = no fun.
Is it dangerous? Can't speak for Oregon or Washington, but roads in California require that you pay attention. Hwy 101 ranges from full freeway (more than ample shoulders but lots of fast traffic) to some two lane stuff with narrow shoulders. Mostly, there will be adequate shoulders.
Hwy 1 will usually have little to no shoulder. Most of the time, the lane is wide enough and/or the road is curvy enough and/or traffic is light enough to make coexisting with cars and trucks manageable. One suggestion - do not ride Hwy 1 between the Pt. Reyes area and the Golden Gate Bridge. The combination of narrow, twisty roads, lots of San Frqanciscans driving driving to and from Stinson Beach and significant uphills make it too dangerous IMHO. Go inland through Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Fairfax, Corte Madera and Sausalito instead.
Not very dangerous. I've gone south from Eugene a few times. Most people go south because of the wind. Get the book the bikingshearer recommended, it's got everything you need. There's some amazing scenery along the way.
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