A little bit of background. My wife and I are fairly new to biking and started probably about 2-3 months ago. We're both very fit people and wanted to do something to challenge ourselves. I am currently an active duty Army officer and getting out of the Army in January. I wanted to plan an interesting trip (and challenging) while I am on terminal leave that wont cost too much money.
Our plan is to start in Brookings, OR and bike to San Francisco in January. Yes, we are aware of the cold weather/rain.
I wanted to get some input on our route and ensure it is feasible. Our plan is to follow Route 101 starting in Brookings and follow it until it becomes Route 1 at Leggett. We will then follow Route 1 past Fort Bragg until it runs into Route 128. We will then follow Route 128 until it runs into Calistoga. We will then follow the Silverado Trail through Nappa Valley. We then plan on renting a car and driving into San Francisco. I am concerned about riding a bike into San Francisco and don't want to run the risk of putting my wife and I into dangerous traffic.
Please let me know what changes I need to make. We plan on making the trip in about 10 days. Any tips or suggestions on things to do would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I probably wouldn't try it in January with a major El Nino forecast. I drove up to Seattle this past July and saw a lot of touring bicyclists around Leggett--it looked like fun, but I doubt I'd see a lot of cyclists doing the same drive in January. The Amgen Tour was in January or February until fairly recently, but the organizers made the decision to move to May because of constant unfavorable weather.
I probably wouldn't try it in January with a major El Nino forecast.
+1 on that.
Thanks for your service and congratulations on getting promoted to to PFC.
You're giving me flashbacks to when I ETSed from Fort Carson. I saved for and planned the mother of all motorcycle trips spiraling out of Colorado and seeing every major city, every silly-string road in the American west. Sadly, I got shut down by the mother of all storms, and ended up slinking home just to get out of the snow, and that didn't happen until I was about 50 miles from the Phoenix city limits.
I went over 2 snowed -in mountain passes, putt-putting along with both boots skiing, past several 4x4 vehicles that had spun off the road, their open mouthed drivers watching me putt past. Only reason I was able to get through was because I was on a motorcycle, because the road barricades were all on the roads of the western slopes.
If this El Nino is as bad as they're predicting, I'd postpone this trip. Even with fenders and top-dollar raingear, it's going to be miserable and dangerous. (Two words dear to every soldier's heart, so have a fun & safe trip. haha)
Originally Posted by EvilWeasel
Well, if you are gonna carry a snapped frame all the way home. It might as well be light weight carbon fiber.
I say why not ride hwy 1 all the way into SF. Right over the Golden Gate. Less traffic that way.
Chances are you will hit bad weather. You might get an opening for a couple of days but I don't think it will last.
I'm not sure that I would postpone because it's in January. Sure you might have lousy weather but you might not. Hwy 1 is a fantastic road and I've cycled it a number of times, but just a word of caution that it's an exceptionally dangerous road for bikes. There's absolutely no shoulder. None. And there are plenty of cars going way too fast. To be honest, I'm far more concerned about riding on Hwy 1 than I am about riding in SF. I'm not saying don't do it, I'm just saying be careful.
I'd also second the idea of going further down Hwy 1. My favorite stretch is from Point Arena to Bodega Bay, and you'd miss that whole section by cutting inland at Hwy 128. I've ridden Silverado Trail and it's very nice, but IMHO it's not nearly as nice as Hwy 1....and that's accounting for the extra danger on Hwy 1 as well.
I say ride over the GG Bridge then rent a car and do a day trip to Napa Valley.