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    Cali Bike tour North-South...anyone know what the weathers like?

    Planning a trip to do a Pacific coast highway bike tour from north to south (crescent city to around LA possibly Mexico). Does anyone know what the weathers like around those areas in the months following September? Any suggestions for certain clothes to bring? If anyone has any suggestions on places to go and or other things I should know along the PCH don't hesitate to let me know!

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    Gosh, my immediate reaction is to offer advice since I did some of this in '72 but, the more I try to remember the less I remember. It was a long time ago and, it was not the same as we started in LA and went to San Diego then back. Obviously not a big jaunt nevertheless, it was very enjoyable and I would love to do the entire trip as you are planning someday. Our clothes were shorts and T's mostly. The nice thing about traveling the PCH is that it is easy to get off and freshen up with supplies & the such. Frankly, in '72 it was a dream considering the lower traffic, crime, etc.

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    I imagine that must have been some trip (a better time period at least)! What time of year did you take your trip on the PCH?

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    I'm hooking up midway in central CA with a couple of people riding down the CA coast the week following Labor Day. My work schedule does not allow me to join them for the entire leg of the trip. I'm boarding the Amtrak Surfliner with my loaded bike from LA to hook up with these guys up north. Hopefully everything will be timed right.
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    September will be beautiful, October also very nice with a bit of morning and evening chill. These are some of the best months on the coast, and not too crowded. Once you get into November you start to run the risk of rain and it is likely by mid to late month, but the days will still be nice. The best part of the Fall months is that the wind lets up and we get Indian summers. December will likely have storms tracking through with a lot of wind and rain, especially the further north you are.

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    Great time of year to start a north to south run. You know the drill....layers. When in Marin Cty, make sure you stop at the Tomales Bay and/or Hog Island Oyster Companies outside of Point Reyes Station, on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay. You can find them on the internets.

    Both operations harvest the suckers right out of the bay and sell 'em to you on the pier for about ten bucks a dozen The picnic tables, bbqs, and hot sauce are on the house. Shuck a few oysters, crack a beer (BYOB), enjoy the bay view and love life. It's freaking awesome!
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    Thanks for all your responses! Any recommendations as to where to fly in to start the tour in northern Cali?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psykelnut
    Thanks for all your responses! Any recommendations as to where to fly in to start the tour in northern Cali?
    I've never used it, but I would try Eureke Municipal Airport :http://www.airnav.com/airport/O33

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    Great thanks for the tip! Do you have any idea about how far it is from highway 1?

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    Highway 1, in CA, doesn't begin until you're 90+ miles south of Eureka in the little town of Leggett, CA. It's all 101 and Redwoods until then.

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    I would really love to see the redwoods (specially while riding my bike)! Would you recommend going through the redwoods and all on highway 101 until highway 1 begins? Or should I just start where highway 1 begins?

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    Oh yeah, definitely go through the redwoods. There is a "frontage" road paralleling 101 called Avenue of the Giants. Low traffic during the week and excellent for riding. Also, take the Newton B. Drury road off of 101 to Prairie Creek Redwoods. It's another nice ride which gets you off the main 101. There is a section of 101 in that area that can be kinda hairy. 101 goes from a divided highway to a two-lane twisting, no shoulder section for a few miles. Just don't hit it on the weekends and you should be fine.

    You can read up on some the Pacific Coast journals over at www.crazyguyonabike.com
    There's some good ones over there.

    Cheers.

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    Northern redwoods are misty and wet all the time. I had a tough time waking up cause 10 in the morning looked like 5 am.
    Bring a lightweight breathable water repellant layer like the Pearl Izumi Zephyr Jacket. Most of the time you need mist repellant more than true rain gear, but bring that too.

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