Bike touring webrarian
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: I tour on a Waterford Adventurecycle. It is a fabulous touring bike.
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I have ridden from SF to (past) Dana Point annually for the past 5 years (I live in SF and grew up in LA). The most likely place where you will find inaccurate information involves the places to camp. Specifically, Oceano State Beach (just south of Pismo Beach) no longer has a hiker/biker site so, if you want to stay there, you have to get a regular reservation and pay full fare. I'd suggest checking all the places you plan to camp to make sure they still offer the accommodations you expect and are open.
In fact, after arriving at Oceano on a Friday night after a long day's ride and discovering that they closed the hiker/biker site 2 years before, I decided to create a website (see signature below) where such information could be made available to others.
I've written 2 journals (5 years apart) on this ride. Here is the first one I took (70 mile days)
and here is the second one (50 mile days)
. I should mention that I don't actually ride from SF. I get a ride to Montera so that I don't have to ride on Devil's Slide, the dangerous road between Pacifica and Montera. On my second ride, I had a friend (I used to live in Santa Cruz) drive me and my bike to Carmel, because I prefer to skip the ride from Santa Cruz to Monterey.
I would highly recommend using www.couchsurfing.org
to find free places to stay in some of the towns down the coast.
It's a great ride, have a wonderful time.