Iím very excited to finally be heading down to Northern Cali next week for a 7 day trip. Best part is we are avoiding the dreadful task of riding the I-5 for two days. Instead we are towing the bikes in a trailer. The plan is to setup a ďbase campĒ at a central hotel with access to all the amazing roads. Iíve searched the forums and read a few previous threads, but I would love to hear from those with recent experiences as well.
My problem is I canít decide what will be the best central hotel. From what Iíve gathered, we canít go wrong if we set up in Redding, CA? But Iím concerned that some key roads (i.e. Coastal Hwy 101 from Leggett to Fort Bragg) are too far to loop back to Redding in one day.
We will have 4 days stationed from our hotel, so we are ideally looking for four full 1-day loop rides. Please post up your suggestions, including favourite eateries/diners!
Some key routes/Hwys we plan to ride are:
- From Redding head east on Hwy 299 towards Arcata/Eureka
- From Redding east on Platina Rd to Hwy 36 towards Fortuna
- Hwy101/Hwy 1 from Leggett to Fort Bragg to Redwood Forest (mandatory pic going through the tree). Although is it too big of a loop to head back to Redding?
- 1 day loop Ė South to Chico, to Hwy 32 NE out of Chico to 89, around Lake Almanor, then Hwy 89 through Lassen Volcanic Natíl Park, Hwy 44 East back to Redding
Also, Iíd like to somehow incorporate a ride to Crater Lake as well. Not sure how that would work, but it would be nice since we will be already passing through that area.
Thanks for all your input