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Offline AndrewC

Seattle to San Francisco in May
« on: January 09, 2009, 02:27:48 pm »
Hi There,

I'm going to be flying into Seattle from the UK at the end of April with my bike and camping gear.  I've then got until 30th May to enjoy myself riding down to San Francisco  :)    I'm hoping to be able to take in some sights along the way and spend a few days wandering around San Francisco at the end.

I'm a fairly experienced cycle tourist but this will be my first time in the USA , all advice on things to do & see on the route would be welcome.

I've got the Spring / KirKendal guidebook and will be ordering the Adventure Cycling maps.  What else should I be reading before I go ?  What weather can I expect (I'm guessing everything bar snow!)

Can anyone recommend a nice, friendly hostel/hotel for the day I arrive in Seattle ?

Thanks in advance.

Andrew


Offline Westinghouse

Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2009, 02:57:12 am »
It has been quite a while since I cycled any part of the PCBR. Check hostels in Seattle on Google. That might get you something. There were quite a few nice hostels in SF when I was there. I met a young woman in one who was extremely talented in speaking with different accents. She could do it just like a professional actress on TV, even better.

I remember it was quite hilly leaving south out of Stinson Beach. You come to a long descent after passing a Buddist center. The descent takes you to bike paths which go to or near the Golden Gate Bridge. I do not know why, but I had to carry the bike down stairs, go to the other side of the bridge, and carry it up stairs to cycle across the bridge.  The state of Washington should be rainy. I had quite a bit of rain in Wash. and OR, but once in CA, there was not a single day of rain while cycling. It is an excellent ride with plenty of well wooded areas. The wind will come in from the quarter rear or rear and give you a good push at times. Entering Eureka, CA I remember some strong side winds, and that because I think your route takes you at an angle quite different from much else of the route. There are inexpensive state campgrounds with hiker-biker campsites along the way.

Offline cgarch

Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009, 12:18:38 am »
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Can anyone recommend a nice, friendly hostel/hotel for the day I arrive in Seattle ?

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The green Tortoise folks run a hostel. http://www.greentortoise.net/
I have yet to stay there, but sounds good enough that I've booked a reservation in June.

Craig