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Originally Posted by metalface
Does anyone have any experience biking inland california between los angeles and san francisco? I'm planning some sort of tour in the next couple months and I was hoping to make it a door-to-door from Los Angeles. After reading the introduction of the PCH book, it seems that biking up the coast might be unpleasant because of the winds. Have other people had this experience? And are the winds less of a problem inland? What about the heat in late August or late September (inland)?
Of course, if going north is unappealing either way, I might abandon the door-to-door idea and just bike down the coast.
I once rode from: LA > 5 Fwy > Grapevine > Central Valley > Yosemite > Mono Lake > Lake Tahoe.
From there, you could cut across through Sacramento to SF > LA.
Should take about 3-4 weeks. Lots of varied scenery (although BORING ride through the Central Valley), 10,000 ft climb through Tioga Pass, and you get to ride a bike on the 5 Fwy!
A shorter route would be roughly: LA > Ojai > New Cuyama (or alternate Solvang) > Santa Maria > San Louis Obispo > Paso Robles > King City > Hollister > San Jose > SF > LA.
Maybe 2-3 weeks. I've never done this but would like to. (Anyone interested?)
Either inland route in the summertime will be unbearably hot (and humid in the Central Valley). Head winds are less of a problem. But you'll probably pray for any wind just to keep you cool.
I would just take the Amtrak up and bike down the coast, with the nice ocean breeze