To help me get through the fast approaching (3" of snow here yesterday!) Wisconsin winter I'm starting early to plan a tour along the Oregon coast for next July. For ease of transporting my bike I plan to take Amtrak to Portland and the only close return point in southern OR is Klamath Falls.
I'm looking for help if picking a route from the coast near the CA border to Klamath Falls. Dipping into CA to catch Hwy 199 to Grants Pass looks interesting but I don't know the condition regarding a shoulder and how bike friendly it is. The same questions hold true for Hwy 66 from Ashland to Klamath Falls.
Roads are pretty scarce in this area and other than I5 I don't see a good way to get from Grants Pass to Medford or Ashland.
If anyone is experienced in that area of the state I would appreciate whatever you can share. I did a northern chunk of the coast a little over 20 years ago so I'm familiar with Hwy 101 as far as Newport but if it isn't as bike friendly in the southern part I would consider moving inland sooner and perhaps go through Crater Lake on the way to Klamath Falls. Tips for that option would be welcome also.
It appears campgrounds are plentiful so I don't think that will be an issue. I plan on a loaded tour with 45 to 60 miles per day on average.