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IMHO if you are going to sight see along the way from Wa. to San ysidro, throw the time clock away. Alot to see, tons of traffic, no way you can really make time unless you ride from dusk to dawn. It depends on what you havent seen and want to see....imho. Me i would bail on 1 north of frisco towards Sacramento. LA is **** no matter the road. After San Diego you got nothing for a thousand miles...lol
Weather in the west can only be summed up this way. Be ready for all weather that exists on the planet except, typhoons. Rain, Hail, snow, cold, hot and no telling what will happen on day 2. You change altitude you change weather. jmo I have found my frogg toggs to be great in cold weather, gloves are another ordeal, as well as boots. I will probably add slip over rain boots this year to help. added slip over gloves last year. Rain gear packs away so easy, small space usage and so helpful.

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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.

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IMHO if you are going to sight see along the way from Wa. to San ysidro, throw the time clock away. Alot to see, tons of traffic, no way you can really make time unless you ride from dusk to dawn. It depends on what you havent seen and want to see....imho. Me i would bail on 1 north of frisco towards Sacramento. LA is **** no matter the road. After San Diego you got nothing for a thousand miles...lol
Weather in the west can only be summed up this way. Be ready for all weather that exists on the planet except, typhoons. Rain, Hail, snow, cold, hot and no telling what will happen on day 2. You change altitude you change weather. jmo I have found my frogg toggs to be great in cold weather, gloves are another ordeal, as well as boots. I will probably add slip over rain boots this year to help. added slip over gloves last year. Rain gear packs away so easy, small space usage and so helpful.
Well I'm running against the clock since I'm doing the 4 Corners but I'd like to see some sights along the way


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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
Thanks for the info...I may have to figure out the best way to go once I get there... It may be more important to figure out the best time of day/night to travel though
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Never enough time to see even 1% of the west coast.
Stop long enough to dip the toes in the pacific ocean.

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Never enough time to see even 1% of the west coast.
Stop long enough to dip the toes in the pacific ocean.
True, but I was stationed there when I was young enough to enjoy it
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I always like the forest of Redwoods, Golden Gate, Coastline is always nice. A plan A and B might be in order, dependent on time and traffic. Just makes me want to RIDE.
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I'm nervous for you after hearing about the coming heat wave in the southwest. Maybe it will be done by your arrival, but the radio mentioned "coming weeks" and "120 degrees in Phoenix" in the same sentence.


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I'm nervous for you after hearing about the coming heat wave in the southwest. Maybe it will be done by your arrival, but the radio mentioned "coming weeks" and "120 degrees in Phoenix" in the same sentence.
Not a problem for me. The last time I rode across NM & AZ it was about 115. The temperature and engine heat cooked the skin on my butt the seat was hot. It took a few says to adjust to afterwards. Now I ride with a sheepskin seat cover and a beaded seat cover. Lesson learned
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Not a problem for me. The last time I rode across NM & AZ it was about 115. The temperature and engine heat cooked the skin on my butt the seat was hot. It took a few says to adjust to afterwards. Now I ride with a sheepskin seat cover and a beaded seat cover. Lesson learned


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I am 70 miles south of Fargo.July is usualy hot(80-95) and humid.Heat can build up some pretty good thunderstorms late afternoon ,early evening.Around sunset you will have bugs.Have a safe trip!!
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I am 70 miles south of Fargo.July is usualy hot(80-95) and humid.Heat can build up some pretty good thunderstorms late afternoon ,early evening.Around sunset you will have bugs.Have a safe trip!!
Thanks alot! I'll holler at you a couple days out from Fargo....just in case you want to put in some miles
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