Author Topic: About the Pacific Coast Route  (Read 3099 times)

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Offline flounder

About the Pacific Coast Route
« on: May 08, 2009, 05:21:33 pm »
I've read some threats about this route but I'm a little concerened about the busy highway (101 I think?), are there any other ways of doing this trail through a safer route? Or do you guys think we'll be fine using the ACA maps? I'd like to go from Sacramento all the way to Portland.

Any suggestions/advice?

Thanks!

Offline whittierider

Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2009, 05:47:28 pm »
Not only is tThe wind a lot more friendly going south instead of north, but because of that, the highways are made to be a lot more bike-friendly on the south-bound side, giving more room and facilities.  On the news last night they had a wind advisory saying the wind along the Santa Barbara county coast was out of the N-NW at 30-45mph with 75mph gusts.  I thought, "Wow!  Lemme at it!" (going south of course).

Offline Westinghouse

Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2009, 06:59:19 am »
You should not have a problem going south. Things have happened, but things have happened everywhere.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 08:12:57 pm »
We had no trouble going south in 2005.  The route seemed very safe to be.  Of course, keep an eye on your mirror for the occassional bad/inattentive driver like anywhere.  Other dangers?  Uh, we had raccoons try to get in our food on the Oregon coast!  We survived that one.  I always felt safe in the state park hiker/biker sites.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline wanderingwheel

Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2009, 02:30:08 pm »
Aside from the wind, I'd have no concerns about going up the coast.  If you want an alternative and don't mind mountains, consider something like the upcoming Sierra-Cascades route.  That route is my first choice for a north-bound tour.

Sean

Offline johnsondasw

Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2009, 10:22:34 pm »
Are you riding on a road bike or off-road setup?  That sure changes your options.
May the wind be at your back!