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Old 08-11-11, 10:13 PM   #1
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San Diego to Seattle next week

Just booked my one way ticket to San Diego last night to go on my first long distance tour. I was laid off from my work along with 14 others 2 weeks ago and thought what a better time to do something awesome. I'll be leaving first thing Thursday morning for my adventure. Anyone else gonna be headed up north? Anything worth noting or shared experiences before I take off?

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Awesome!!!! (Except the layoff part, sorry to hear that.) But... you know the wind blows the other way, right? It's not too late, change your ticket to Seattle. Either way, have a great trip.
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Ah thanks! It's cool, I left with a smile. 3.5 years in an advertising agency probably took 5 years off of my life! I was looking for a change anyways. I should have stated I'm already in Seattle and there's a bike waiting for me in San Diego all ready to go. I won't be looking forward to that wind, well I guess actually, I will be.

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People always told me I should have gone north to south, but I made it (to Seattle), just fine. What kind of route are you taking? The Coastal *is* gorgeous, but has some treacherous stretches. The traffic on most of it is very light, until you get to Leggett, CA (and you're then forced onto the 101). The extra scary part is once you get onto the 101 (headed north), you have *no* shoulder while passing through Richmond Grove and the likes. It's only a few miles, but there are trucks and such. That's the worst part of the trip, in terms of road conditions. The scenery is to die for, and write home about. If you are taking the Coastal HW, exit for Avenue of the Giants as soon as you see the exit for it. There are a ton of elk in the area - a few herds are known to hang out right off the highway. I got to experience a close-encounter with them, and it was both hilarious and frightening.

Camp spots are hit and miss along the coast, I found. Until you actually get into the Redwoods, it's mostly private land all along the coast. Then you turn east into the forest, and while a lot can be privately owned land, a stealth-outing for the night won't be a problem. The campgrounds along Avenue of the Giants are definitely a sight to see, though, I'm afraid this time of year they will cost money (I rode it in early Spring / late Winter, and the camps were all closed until June or so). There are morel mushrooms to be picked throughout the Redwoods, if you're into that sort of thing. I picked one larger than my hand that weighed in around a pound. Prepare for bears once you get north of the Bay Area (SF) - this means you need to be mindful and not eat food in your tent...the whole trip. I'd suggest hanging food / smelly stuff once you get north of the Bay. I didn't, and nearly regretted it (just outside Crescent City).
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I hope you have a wonderful trip and return home energized and ready to find a new job.
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Skip that whole Leggett mess. At around milepost 90 on Hwy 1 (30 miles north of Fort Bragg) look for a dirt road off to your left. There is usually some paint on the roadway to tell you this is Usal Rd. It is gravel/dirt for 25 miles with a campground at six miles and another at about 33 miles(eight miles past the end of Usal Rd.). This is the entry point to the Lost Coast. Usal Rd. is a bit hilly, but not as steep as Wilder Rd. and Wildcat Ridge. You can still ride the Avenue of the Giants by either taking Briceland Rd. to Shelter Cove Hwy at the end of Usal Rd., which will bring you to Hwy 101 just south of the Avenue or you can go over Wilder Rd. to Honeydew and then head east to Hwy101 and pick up most of the Avenue. Alternatively, stay on the Lost Coast through Petrolia (camping halfway between Petrolia and Honeydew) and on to Ferndale. Anticipate going much slower through the Lost Coast since it is quite steep.

The wind is never much of a problem along the Lost Coast. The hills, on the other hand...
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I hope you have a wonderful trip and return home energized and ready to find a new job.

Thank you skilsaw!
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Skip that whole Leggett mess.
Good to know and thanks for the advice. I've been to the lost coast once before so I think I'll be heading this way thanks to your input! As far as the hills, I live in Seattle and commuted daily on a single speed to and from work (about 20 miles rt) so I hope that will work in my favor!

For those of you interested in my journey, I've started a blog/posterous account here, http://rdotterer.posterous.com/

I'm gonna do my best to keep this updated. Looks to be pretty user friendly so far and there is also an iphone app for it (of course) so I should be pretty good. It's still in the works till I leave but until then...

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You'll miss the drive-thru tree though! OMG!



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Haha! Oh, I've been through that tree a few times. Or that other one with the big hole in it! There must be a dozen of those along the redwoods, no?
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Haha! Oh, I've been through that tree a few times. Or that other one with the big hole in it! There must be a dozen of those along the redwoods, no?
Yea, there's countless across the coast.
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But... you know the wind blows the other way, right? It's not too late, change your ticket to Seattle.
I have heard that as well, so why was it blowing north during my tour last year as I traveled past Halfmoon Bay and through Big Sur?
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I have heard that as well, so why was it blowing north during my tour last year as I traveled past Halfmoon Bay and through Big Sur?
We've done the Oregon Coast three times, and during the summer the wind blows predominately from the north. However, we hit some storms that had the wind blowing a gale from the southwest. By the way, you are going to love the Oregon Coast.
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