Hey all! I am planning a trip from Vancouver, BC to Santa Barbara, CA. I am planning on going down the Pacific Coast Route until Tillamook and then taking a bus to Portland to visit family for a few days. I want to continue my trip from there. I have been told that to avoid the more dangerous parts of the Pacific Coast Route in Northern California, I should bike down SR 3 instead of the coast because it is safer, but still scenic. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for bike routes from Portland to SR 3 that are on the safer side (wider shoulders, light traffic, etc.) and have safe places to camp out or towns that I can stay in.
Also, has anyone biked down SR 3? I would love to get more details on that as well.