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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-11-2007, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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trip getting planned... western states

Well I am working on a trip this summer. (cold weather does that, sitting at my desk) lol if any one wants to jump in on any of the legs. let me know, I am thinking july -aug time frame...
here is a pic for the route I would like to take.

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looks like your taking I-5 or hey 99? why not a guick shift and enjoy a little northern coast on your way to portland? unless time is a constraint...

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yeah, I would like to try that... For the first map I let streets plot out the route, with a little input from me. so it did plot mostly super slabs and I might just pick as I go on some of it.

I have family in Sandiego, portland, spokane, salmon, so that was the main pionts I am heading too. any path along the way is good

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I'd highly recommend the Cali Coast (Hwy 1) from Cambria to the south end of the SF Bay Area. Not THAT much additional time to travel north (vs. Hwy 5), and well worth it, if you don't get out here much.

Some incredible views along the way, particularly south of Monterey. Pic spots that you could use for a calendar!

You can cut over from Hwy 1 to the Bay Area in quite a few different spots. Santa Cruz (Hwy 17), San Gregorio (Hwy 84/La Honda Rd.), Half Moon Bay (Hwy 92).

I recommend San Gregorio. Taking the 84 to Skyline (Hwy 35), you can stop for lunch at the FAMOUS 'Alice's Restaurant'. Also some VERY nice sweepers and twisties to get to Alice's.

Continue 84 to 280 (more 84 twisties ), then north on 280 to and through SF. 280 has some nice scenic views, and is 3-4 lanes wide in most spots, with 2 scenic rest stops along the way!

Cali coast can get nippy during those months; I'm sure you'll have some warm gear packed for the long trip.

Google Earth is also a friendly viewing/mapping/location site. Gives you satellite views of areas you're curious about.
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It's going to ba a hot one. Plan for HIGH temps anywhere south of and including Las Vegas.

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It's going to ba a hot one. Plan for HIGH temps anywhere south of and including Las Vegas.
What he said. No, really!

Seriously, from about Cedar City UT to Victorville CA you'll be broiling in 110-degree+ temps. Then you're dealing with LA traffic, which is no picnic until you get to Santa Barbara.

You are of course welcome to head my way, and I'm definitely down to meet up with you. But if it was my trip, I'd say cut off the southern part and head west instead from SLC through Tahoe and into Cali. Then southwest to San Simeon or Carmel and back north on Hwy 1 to Portland and points east. Better weather, plenty of awesome sights along the way, plus you won't have to deal with quite as much of that "I'm sitting underneath a giant hairdryer for 700 miles" feeling.

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Visit Craters of the Moon National Park. Take a flashlight and your jacket, there is ice in the caves even in August.
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Visit Grand Coulee Dam. It makes Hoover Dam look small.
“Grand Coulee Dam is the largest concrete structure in the United States and the third largest hydroelectric facility in the world.”
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It's going to ba a hot one. Plan for HIGH temps anywhere south of and including Las Vegas.
What he said. No, really!

Seriously, from about Cedar City UT to Victorville CA you'll be broiling in 110-degree+ temps. Then you're dealing with LA traffic, which is no picnic until you get to Santa Barbara.

You are of course welcome to head my way, and I'm definitely down to meet up with you. But if it was my trip, I'd say cut off the southern part and head west instead from SLC through Tahoe and into Cali. Then southwest to San Simeon or Carmel and back north on Hwy 1 to Portland and points east. Better weather, plenty of awesome sights along the way, plus you won't have to deal with quite as much of that "I'm sitting underneath a giant hairdryer for 700 miles" feeling.
Good point, I might look at doing that and then doing a 2nd one down south to see the other part of the family maybe later in the year when temps start to drop a bit....
what do you think the best time of the year is for your area?

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I might join up with you for the ride up the coast. I'm playing with the idea of doing a four corners ride. Hopefully the timing can work out.

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101 on the Oregon coast is gorgeous! My best friend and I are planning a coastal trip this summer too - maybe they will coincide.

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