So at the last bike night I mentioned I had a week off work and was thinking of riding to California. I was told to do it and had some roads suggested to me. After making my pre-ride thread, I had more than enough route suggestions to use up all the time I had available. It took a couple days to get everything ready and plan out an overall idea of what I wanted to accomplish. Going by myself and not making any hotel reservations in advance meant I could stray from my plan and I did on a couple of occasions. I didnít plan on doing anything except riding every day and spending part of a day being a tourist in San Fran. I rode pretty conservatively for the most part, because I really didnít feel like going down so far from home or getting a ticket.
Some stats for the trip from my iPhone road trip app:
5587km over 8 days = 698km/day average
289L or 76.3 gallons at an average of $2.89/g US for $220US worth of gas
5.17L/100km or 45.5mpg
I tend to ramble on and have a limited vocabulary of descriptive words so thisíll probably get repetitive, but the following is my take on most of the roads ridden and anything interesting that happened along the way. Iíll also post lots of pictures for the ones who get bored of reading and to further my description of each road.
Day 1: Home to Roseburg, OR 792km projected, 819km recorded
A Harley rider that I met while getting gas in Tacoma suggested I detour onto the 507 for a bit. I tried it, but all it did was cost me time in traffic for about 5 decent turns. The I-5 really wasnít that bad to take all the way down since some areas in Washington have a 70mph speed limit and traffic flows well above that. It also gets into some hills in Southern Oregon.
Day 2: Roseburg, OR to Red Bluff, CA 635km projected, 685km recorded
Hwy 199 is boring until you reach the California border. From here, it gets into heavy forest and narrows with some good turns, although youíll be stuck in traffic for most of it.
When I got to Hwy 101 at Crescent City, it was cold and dreary. I tend to run pretty cool, so on went the heated jacket for the ride down to Eureka. The 101 was decent and had some good places to stop for pictures.
I met up with Eileen (the girl who ran into electrical issues in Eureka) and we rode together to Fortuna after getting some lunch.
Eileen had also met this couple who were getting some work done at the same shop. They're on an 18 month trip around the world, starting with a ride up to Alaska http://ridingouttherecession.blogspot.com/
From there I took Hwy 36 inland and this road has pretty much everything all in one. It went from a normal twisty road to a very narrow (lacking center line and shoulders) road for a few miles to following a mountainside to a thrilling roller coaster ride to long straights with high speed sweepers right into Red Bluff. I didn't get any pictures of the fun ups and downs, because I was having too much fun.