Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northridge, California, USA
Re: NW Coast
In late August, 2015, I rode up to Couer d'Alene, ID to the Curve Cowboy Reunion on my LT with another couple riding their K1600GT. I met up with them at San Luis Obispo, and rode through Petaluma; Ukiah; Ferndale; Eureka; Coos Bay, OR; Astoria, OR; Silverdale, WA; took the ferry to Shoreline, WA (just above Seattle), and then across Washington through Leavenworth, to Idaho. Basically, as soon as we crossed the Oregon border, it rained all the way to Silverdale, WA, so be sure to take rain gear. (I wear an Aerostich Roadcrafter R-3 suit and don't need rain gear.)
On the way back, I rode north through British Columbia and then east to Alberta, and dropped down into Montana (raining all the way and just missed a deer in BC) through Glacier Park (rain turned to snow flurries), eventually to Reno, and then the back way to Sonora, CA, and then took Highway 99 to home. I stay away from the I-5 as much as I can as there is nothing to look at and it is hotter than blue blazes in August (and pretty much other times of the year).
As previously recommended, I would suggest rain gear, and if you take the I-5, some form of a cooling vest. I took a Veskimo cooling unit, worn under the 'Stich, but a Colorado Cool vest works pretty well also in lower humidity areas.
In regards to camping, I gave that up years ago. Camping in rain is not my idea of fun, and requires lugging a lot of additional stuff around strapped on the LT. If you want to stop anywhere, then you need to worry about people wanting 5-finger discounts on your stuff, especially if you are riding alone.
You should have a great time - ride safe!
'07 K1200LT (sold 9/24/16)
'74 Suzuki GT750L (long, long gone)
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