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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for advice, tips, etc for riding through ND, Montana, and Washington states

In 3 weeks I will be rolling through Fargo, ND, Billings, MT, Spokane, WA & Blaine, WA. So I'm reaching out to see if anyone in those areas can give me a better idea of the usual weather/riding conditions in those areas during a typical early July. I have a couple of weather apps, but wanted to see what the local riders would suggest in regards to weather, clothing, etc. as I pack up for the trip.

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Will be hot eastern Washington then when you get to the western side it can be cool high temp today in everett was 66.
Summer almost never hits till after the 4th of July.
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Will be hot eastern Washington then when you get to the western side it can be cool high temp today in everett was 66.
Summer almost never hits till after the 4th of July.
I'll be rolling through Washington somewhere around 8-10 depending on the weather conditions along the way. So let's hope it stays warm.

Last time I was that far north, actually further, I was in Canada and ended up buying a winter riding jacket in July... I'm trying to avoid repeating that this trip.
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Are you heading down the west coast to Mexico for that corner.
If so interstate 5 will be real hot over 100 then 101 on the coast can be low 50s and fog

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Are you heading down the west coast to Mexico for that corner.
If so interstate 5 will be real hot over 100 then 101 on the coast can be low 50s and fog
I was thinking about taking the coastal highway. Better site-seeing, but a lot depends on how long it takes me to get from Madawaska, ME to Blaine, WA.

Any suggestions on the route south to San Ysidro?
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101 through Oregon and California at least to Frisco is good.
Leaving Blaine try to time it for night ride through Washington or you will be stuck in heavy traffic.
You don't want to be on I-5 from 5am till 10pm it is a big parking lot 7 days a week.

There was a land slide below Frisco that will have 101 closed in that section for around a year.

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101 through Oregon and California at least to Frisco is good.
Leaving Blaine try to time it for night ride through Washington or you will be stuck in heavy traffic.
You don't want to be on I-5 from 5am till 10pm it is a big parking lot 7 days a week.

There was a land slide below Frisco that will have 101 closed in that section for around a year.
So leave Blaine at night and make it as far south as possible through Washington state?? Then 101 from Oregon to Frisco. Where does 101 open back up? Or should I stick to I-5? I hate to spend that much time on the highway and miss the ocean view...
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Big Sur highway 1 is where the big slide happened.
As you head down in California you can ask how to get around it and not run interstate.

You can google slides on 101 and 1

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So leave Blaine at night and make it as far south as possible through Washington state?? Then 101 from Oregon to Frisco. Where does 101 open back up? Or should I stick to I-5? I hate to spend that much time on the highway and miss the ocean view...
Having travelled thru this area, and not being in a hurry, heading south to S.F., I would travel from Burlington Wa. to Deception pass on Hwy 20.

Don't miss Cannon Beach and Lincoln City on the Oregon coast and the sand dunes.

Visit San Simeon north of S.F. along the way.

I could get into more detail, but there's a lot to see.

Stay off I-5 if you can.
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