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Old 12-21-2018, 10:46 AM   #16
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Ok. I will stay off of I-5....
Thanks for the tips.
When you say expensive hotels, are we taking more than $200 per night?
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:23 AM   #17
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Ok. I will stay off of I-5....
Thanks for the tips.
When you say expensive hotels, are we taking more than $200 per night?
$200 is probably considered upper midrange. Budget motel $80-100. For expensive.....well the sky is the limit here.
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:58 PM   #18
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Ok, that sounds reasonable. . I was figuring 150-200 per night for hotels.
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:26 AM   #19
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Welcome to Barf and CA from a native PAer!

What part of Pa?
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:58 AM   #20
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Hi doc, thanks for the welcome! I live in Lower Bucks County, about 30 miles outside of Philly.
Stayed in Pismo Beach last night.
The scenery and roads up here are amazing! I donít want to go back....
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:47 AM   #21
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Hi doc, thanks for the welcome! I live in Lower Bucks County, about 30 miles outside of Philly.
Stayed in Pismo Beach last night.
The scenery and roads up here are amazing! I donít want to go back....
I know it well, however I'm a western PAer.

Glad the trip is going well. The views will only get better and better. Then you really won't want to leave.
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:19 PM   #22
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You are so right. The road just gets better the further north I go.
Lot of slow traffic on the PCH today... is that a Sunday driver thing or just normal traffic?
I took Route 9 up to Sunnyvale where I stopped for the night. What a road that is, a 45 minute ride of all twisties! Awesome ride. Glad I rented the r1200 and not a Heavy Tourer.
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:52 PM   #23
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You are so right. The road just gets better the further north I go.
Lot of slow traffic on the PCH today... is that a Sunday driver thing or just normal traffic?
I took Route 9 up to Sunnyvale where I stopped for the night. What a road that is, a 45 minute ride of all twisties! Awesome ride. Glad I rented the r1200 and not a Heavy Tourer.
I am actually doing this ride in reverse now. I live in San Jose and drivi ng down to LA and back as we speak Route 9 is a great road, I love been able to ride it every weekend. I am very grateful for this thread, I am going to take a lot of these roads. I'm on my r6 for the next 3 days
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Old 12-24-2018, 11:20 AM   #24
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Have you been to the gas station in Lucia/Gorda? Most expensive gas I have ever seen.....typically double Bay Area prices. Iíd guess they are charging $6-8 per gallon at the moment.
Nobody forcing you to buy gas there, either.
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Old 12-24-2018, 03:12 PM   #25
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If you ride 1 you can take HWY 46 to Paso Robles and then down HWY 58 to connect to 5 for the run into LA proper. Still gives you some of the great coast stuff. There will be some traffic on 1, but on a bike you can blow by most of it once past Big Sur.

HWY 58 will be empty. Plus the huge and straight rollers are a f'ing blast. Gassing up in Paso before you head that way is a must. 46 is beautiful and the wineries stunning, but the speed limit is something to keep in mind. Well patrolled.
Is HWY 58 really that awesome that I will regret not doing it?

Going to HWY 58 is going to add another day in my trip but if it is really that good, I think I will go for it tomorrow.
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:59 PM   #26
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Is HWY 58 really that awesome that I will regret not doing it?

Going to HWY 58 is going to add another day in my trip but if it is really that good, I think I will go for it tomorrow.
Hwy 58 is nothing to die for. It is a nice road, quiet, but mostly pretty straight. Landscape is desert like, lots of dry grass, now maybe green, and a few curves before coming to the central valley. I take it whenever I go that direction, but I would not add another day for that. Coast offers more, even more so in the winter time with few tourists. And as others have posted, I stay off I5 at all costs, it is a death trap with plenty of crazy (all sorts) drivers on it.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:15 PM   #27
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Hwy 58 is nothing to die for. It is a nice road, quiet, but mostly pretty straight. Landscape is desert like, lots of dry grass, now maybe green, and a few curves before coming to the central valley. I take it whenever I go that direction, but I would not add another day for that. Coast offers more, even more so in the winter time with few tourists. And as others have posted, I stay off I5 at all costs, it is a death trap with plenty of crazy (all sorts) drivers on it.
I don’t remember Hwy 58 being pretty straight, it has some straight sections, but in general it’s very twisty, especially the eastern part, but Hwy 166 south of there is pretty straight overall. 58 is one of my favorite roads in Central CA, especially now when it will be green. It’s even more stunning in spring when the wildflowers bloom. But I love the coast too, however there will certainly be more traffic and people....58 is usually empty and you can typically haul ass.

Bottom line is that we are lucky to have so many fun motorcycle roads here in California!
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:46 AM   #28
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Just wanted to thank everyone for their advice and input on my ride thru California. It was a fantastic trip that I had put off for too long.
I WILL be back for another one!
You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful state.
Thanks again.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:06 PM   #29
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Did you happen to take any pics of your ride while you were here?
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Old 01-22-2019, 04:58 PM   #30
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Yes, I did, but the pictures do not do justice to seeing the real thing in person.
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