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    Oregon coastal town to start tour to Los Angeles?

    I was thinking of taking a train to Oregon and coming back down to my home near Los Angeles.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for a town to start in?

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    Bandon is where I started when I rode pch to tijuana this summer. There's beatiful scenery through this stretch, a good shoulder in all but one or two places, and alot less traffic than farther north on the oregon coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creepingdeath
    Bandon is where I started when I rode pch to tijuana this summer. There's beatiful scenery through this stretch, a good shoulder in all but one or two places, and alot less traffic than farther north on the oregon coast.
    I agree, that southern half has most of the best places to see and visit anyway. No real benefit to starting farther up.

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    Also, if I was to hit San Francisco, does anyone know of where I could stay there that is very cheap?

    I was trying to avoid hotels/motels, but I wanted to check out the city.

    From what I know, I don't think there are any camp sites around there. If I am mistaken, let me know.

    Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdos
    Also, if I was to hit San Francisco, does anyone know of where I could stay there that is very cheap?

    I was trying to avoid hotels/motels, but I wanted to check out the city.

    From what I know, I don't think there are any camp sites around there. If I am mistaken, let me know.

    Any suggestions?
    The map I used was not very good when I rode through there. I passed alot of campgrounds on the way that weren't on the map, so I was to expecting to find another campground not listed on my map closer to san francisco. Of course, I didn't, and ended up riding about 105 miles that day long after the sun went down, and staying at a hotel. The hotel was about $65 if I remember right.

    Salt Point S.P. was the last place I camped at before san fran. I'm pretty sure there was a few more campgrounds past that closer to san fran. Half Moon bay is where I stayed after san francisco. They have a county park with camping there. Half Moon bay is real close to the city too, so if you feel energetic it wouldn't be too bad making it past san fran to half moon in a day to avoid a hotel.

    The highway before san francisco is one of the worst places I've ridden so far also. No shoulder, some tough hills (for me at at least), and a whole ton of traffic. Very stressful.

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    Taking the train up to Oregon though is going to wrap you way out into eastern Oregon and Bend (which is sweet) before taking you up the Willamette Valley. The closet the train gets to the coast is Eugene. This is about 50 miles from Florence. I've never biked the coast, but I always love the bit north of Florence to Newport (though this is the stetch with two of the infamous tunnels). Or you get off the train near Corvallis and bike to Newport and head south. South of Florence you've got the Dunes and some not nice bits or I should say underwhelming as you head into Coos Bay (though one of my favorite state parks is there). I'd likely agree that the south coast overall is nicest, a bit less rain, and some spectacular scenerey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creepingdeath
    The map I used was not very good when I rode through there. I passed alot of campgrounds on the way that weren't on the map, so I was to expecting to find another campground not listed on my map closer to san francisco. Of course, I didn't, and ended up riding about 105 miles that day long after the sun went down, and staying at a hotel. The hotel was about $65 if I remember right.

    Salt Point S.P. was the last place I camped at before san fran. I'm pretty sure there was a few more campgrounds past that closer to san fran. Half Moon bay is where I stayed after san francisco. They have a county park with camping there. Half Moon bay is real close to the city too, so if you feel energetic it wouldn't be too bad making it past san fran to half moon in a day to avoid a hotel.

    The highway before san francisco is one of the worst places I've ridden so far also. No shoulder, some tough hills (for me at at least), and a whole ton of traffic. Very stressful.
    One alternative is to camp at Marin Headlands right above the Golden Gate Bridge. Free primitive camping and they have a hostel too--you must call ahead for reservations. Very scenic area for biking! (Tip: If you are camping, you can get a voucher to take a shower at the hostel.)

    http://www.nps.gov/goga/mahe/
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    Quote Originally Posted by knoxg
    Taking the train up to Oregon though is going to wrap you way out into eastern Oregon and Bend (which is sweet) before taking you up the Willamette Valley. The closet the train gets to the coast is Eugene. This is about 50 miles from Florence. I've never biked the coast, but I always love the bit north of Florence to Newport (though this is the stetch with two of the infamous tunnels). Or you get off the train near Corvallis and bike to Newport and head south. South of Florence you've got the Dunes and some not nice bits or I should say underwhelming as you head into Coos Bay (though one of my favorite state parks is there). I'd likely agree that the south coast overall is nicest, a bit less rain, and some spectacular scenerey.

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    Knox is correct, the portion of the coast between Newport and Florence should not be missed on your tour, it is spectacular.
    You have three choices for getting off the train to start your ride
    1. Eugene
    2. Albany
    3. Salem

    It's about the same didtance from the train to the coast, 60 miles or so, a day's ride, start early all rides go over the coast range. From Salem you come out to Lincoln City, Albany comes in at Newport, and from Eugene it's Florence.
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    I have biked the oregon coast twice. The first time we took the train to Portland and then an Amtrac bus to start. The town we started in I believe is callen Warrenton. At anyrate it is the first town after you cross the bridge from Astoria. All of the Oregon Coast is so awesome. I can't imagine missing any of it. Check-out my website biking the west coast.

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    When - - - are you planning to do this? It stays pretty wet into the spring. Newport gets 10 inches of rain per month in the winter and still gets 5 inches in April. Of course, it's foggy and damp year-round - - but keep in mind the weather in your plans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creepingdeath
    Bandon is where I started when I rode pch to tijuana this summer. There's beatiful scenery through this stretch, a good shoulder in all but one or two places, and alot less traffic than farther north on the oregon coast.
    me too, it's a pretty little beach town.

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    Starting at mid-december would be a bad idea, I'm assuming?

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    Mid-December?!?!
    Unless you like 11 inches of rain.
    Mid-December is a nice time to bike Death Valley and the Mojave.
    Definitely not the coast.

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    Yeah, I thought so.

    Such a bummer that this is when my school semester ends.

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    Oh man, what I would not do to be biking for a few weeks in Death Valley right now. Perfect. You will need campground reservations to stay in the park right now, as it's 'high season' there and about the only time of the year it is actually pleasant and "safe" down there. Busy is still a relative term, but the campgrounds will be full. In the reverse to most place I know, they are all closed in the summer becuase it is so hot and horrible.

    Death Valley was one of the most surprisingly interesting beautifuly places I've ever been. It will be cool to cold at night, and snow of course in and out of the passes. Wow. That is where I want to go right now. What about taking the train out to Barstow for a loop of Death Valley? Or hell if you want a coast ride, what would it be like to just keep heading south to Cabo San Lucas with the cheap flight back to LA? That would be serious adventure and much warmer!

    Highway 101 on the coast usually has some bit of it closed at some point during the winter due to mudslides/flooding. I love the coast in winter, empty and fierce, but it would make a for a couple weeks of brutally damp too gale-force windblown excessively moist cycling and while the majority of the RVs are gone, you've still got the log trucks out making their living.

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    PS. I was thinking about a 10 day trip San Juan, Puerto Rico for post Christmas cycling, but I'm going to start looking at pricing out Barstow and Yuma.

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    Is there ease in stealth camping in Death Valley? Anyone have experience with this?

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    My guess is that you could find someone willing to share their site if the campground is full. Go to the official Death Valley National Park website and click on "Plan You Visit".
    http://www.nps.gov/deva/

    Backcountry camping is permitted -
    http://www.nps.gov/deva/FrameSet_backcamp.htm

    Dispersed camping is permitted all over Mojave National Preserve. Also in BLM lands in between.
    http://www.nps.gov/moja/

    There used to be a hostel at Tecopa Hot Springs - don't know if it's still there.

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