My Summer 2015 Trip to the Pac Northwest
I am going out to California in July 2015. I am currently debating towing or riding the bikes from Dallas, TX to Visalia, CA. From there it will be Hearst Castle to San Francisco to Eureka, CA. After that, we head up to Umpqua, OR, then over to Klamath Falls, OR before coming south into Reno. A loop around Lake Tahoe then through Yosemite on the way back to Visalia, CA where we will load up, hit Las Vegas for a night and then head back to Texas.
I have never been on a long ride like that with the bike yet, so I'm plan on using this as my idea/question area as I learn about planning such a trip, etc.
Some quick details that are probably needed for the future:
My Bike: 2015 H-D Road King (stock)
Her Bike: 2002 Honda Shadow 750 ACE (windshield and saddlebags, otherwise stock)
I have been using some road trip planning software, and I also own the Butler Maps for the regions involved. If anyone is curious about the exact route planned so far, I can post up some screenshots, and probably a kmz file if so curious. I have always GPS tracked all my motorcycle riding, so I will defiantly have kmz and gpx files of our route after the trip.
Anyway, I'm a total newb to overnight multi-day trips on a bike (though have done lots of camping/backpacking in general), so I'm all ears when it comes to ideas/suggestions/warnings/etc.
Here is the current itinerary:
Thur, July 9th - (6pm-ish) Leave Dallas, TX
Fri, July 10th - Arrive in Visalia, hang out with friends and rest before the main event road trip
Sat, July 11th - Leave Visalia, visit Hearst Castle, end up in San Francisco (accommodations not decided yet)
Sun, July 12th - SF to Eureka via the PCH (Eureka KOA campsite reserved)
Mon, July 13th - Camping in Eureka (Eureka KOA campsite reserved)
Tue, July 14th - Ride up to Umpqua State Lighthouse Park (cabin reserved)
Wed, July 15th - Umpqua Camping (cabin reserved)
Thur, July 16th - Upmqua to Klamath Falls (hotel reserved)
Fri, July 17th - Ride to Carson City, NV (staying with a friend)
Sat, July 18th - Ride through Yosemite back to Visalia, CA (staying with a friend)
Sun, July 19th - Leave for home
2015 HD Road King | 2002 ACE 750 - Girlfriend's
2005 VTX 1800R - Sold | 2003 Spirit 750 - Sold