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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Seattle to San Diego........any pointers?

Just brainstorming and looking for tips from those who've been there done that...........

Go from Spokane to Seattle over a few days......gotta be a scenic way to get from Spokane to Seattle over them little mountains right?

Then Seattle to San Diego?? along the coast....no hurry, no schedule...

I may take the bike somewhere in Seattle and upgrade my two speakers and ad an amp to boast them...any recommendations? I tried Sena headset...wouldn't play loud enough...tried using my Airbuds...uncomfortable and clumsy. Going back to the bikes speakers which I have rarely used. Any suggestions for speakers?

TIA, flying to Spokane tomorrow to resume the adventure!
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If your taking the PCH down be sure to bring your rain gear, the weather is always unpredictable. Where are you planning on pickup the coast highway out of Seattle? You can pick up US 101 at Olympia, I'd take 101 to WA 8 headed west, then pick up US 12 west to 101 south at Aberdeen, then just follow 101 south, it's a nice ride. My wife and I have rode this route a number of times. The weather from Aberdeen south can be iffy but just be prepared for a little drizzle all the way to Coos Bay, Oregon. Typically after Coos Bay you may run into some fog but the drizzle starts to let up a bit, that is, if it is raining. Enjoy the ride.
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Take hwy 2 north from Spokane to hwy 20, left on 20 and follow it west all the way to the Ferry from Clinton to Port Townsend. Then take hwy 101 west to the coast and follow it south. By Pass Seattle it's a mess.

When you get to Hebo, Oregon take hwy22 east then hwy 18 east to McMinnville. and the Evergreen Museum of flight. The have Howard Hugh's airplane the Spruce Goose, as well as other aircraft and the have an Airo Space Museum. All well worth the stop. from there you areon your own.

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Take hwy 2 north from Spokane to hwy 20, left on 20 and follow it west all the way to the Ferry from Clinton to Port Townsend. Then take hwy 101 west o the coast and follow it south. By Pass Seattle it's a mess.
Ron gave me this advice when I was coming to that part of the world and I can attest that Hwy 20 is one of my top 10 and maybe top 5 roads I have ridden. The road to the ferry is also wonderful and then on to 101. Somehow go around LA. It is a hassle and nothing to see. I would go thru San Francisco so you get your bike on the Golden Gate. That was cool but it was also a hassle. The winds just north of the bridge can be fun. Enjoy the ride and take your time. There is a lot to see.
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All of the above advice, especially the Spruce Goose in McMinnville, OR and so much more along the coast. However, always liked San Francisco: worthy of a few days to visit and the many sights, although traffic can be a hassle. Take it all in; worth of every mile and enjoy! Be safe!
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Great tips.....Going from Spokane tomorrow to Leavenworth, Washington.

https://www.google.com/search?q=leav...HIJvSZgP6H9DM:

Then heading to get me a ferry to San Juan Islands or ? I'll spend a little time East of Seattle before approaching the West side/North side or heading South.

I'm in no hurry and to me this is a dream ride. Over 2,000 miles so far and a lot more to go!
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We went from Astoria down as far as the Redwoods and enjoyed every bit of it. The seaside towns are cute and funky and there's a ton of attractions along the way: lighthouses, sea lion caves, cliffside splendor is often breathtaking. But yeah, the weather can be a real mixed bag, as can traffic. We were in September so much of the summer sillies were gone, but it can still be very busy all down the coast. Great eats everywhere we stopped too. Not sure about SF to LA but have heard both good and sad, its often in the eye of the beholder. South of LA I've only been on I-5 so I don't know much beyond that. Plus it was almost 40 years ago since I was in SD so things will have grown more and certainly changed. But hey, take your time and enjoy what that part of the world has to bring you.
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Teresa and I try and do, what we call "our circle route" at least once a year. Living in Medford, Oregon we head to the coast and catch the PCH just north of Crescent City, California. Then we head north, enjoying some familiar places along the way. We cross the bridge at Astoria and head to WA 4 and go east to Longview then south to Vancouver and WA 4 east again to Biggs Junction. From there we pick our route to head south, sometimes we go down US 97 and other times we go to Arlington and head south on OR 19, we visit some of the ghost towns along the way. Then we head west on what every road were at, we just kinda follow the front tire down the highway. It takes us all of 4-5 days to make the trip due to stop along the way.

This years trip was cancelled due to a PE in my lung and a blood clot in my leg, the doc said to stay off the bike until this clears up, so now were are grounded, oh, well, there is always next year.



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If you do poke around Seattle just off of I-5 on the south end of town is the Boeing Museum of flight also worth the stop.

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