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post #1 of 6 Old Dec 22nd, 2015, 3:38 pm Thread Starter
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California advice needed!!

My son and I have four days in the LA area in early March. He has lived in LA for 6 months now and knows a little about the area. We are renting bikes and plan to do the PCH. Looking for advice on must do stuff as well as don't waste your time stuff. Our plan is to generally ride north for a couple days with a two day return to LA. Any advice from anyone familiar with the area would be most appreciated. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 6 Old Dec 22nd, 2015, 5:02 pm
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Re: California advice needed!!

I live in the LA area and would recommend:

- stay away from the SoCal freeways, especially between 7am-9:30am & 3pm-7:30pm (basically rush hour gridlock traffic, and if you are not familiar or feel safe with lane splitting, definitely skip it);
- if you'll be in SoCal on a Fri, Sat, or Sun, try to stop by the Rock Store in the Malibu Canyon area (it's got nice riding in the area, but be aware that it's fairly well patrolled; and a great place to see all types of bikes);
- ride up the 101 to San Luis Obispo (about 200 miles north of LA) and turn onto Highway 1
- Hearst Castle is probably 20 miles north of Morro Bay and a big tourist attraction (skip it if you've seen European castles - it's nice for the States, but not that nice in comparison; especially if you don't want to spend half a day doing this);
- continue on Highway 1 through Big Sur and on to the Carmel/Monterey area;
- follow Highway 1 up to SF, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to Bodega Bay, Mendocino, then Fort Bragg (a turnaround point);
take the 101 south to the I5 for a quicker return trip back to LA.

I did this ride last summer and it was great! Others will probably chime in with their own recommendations. You might also take a look at one of the motorcycling maps for both southern and northern CA for other options/ideas. In any event, sounds like it should be a nice trip.
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Re: California advice needed!!

Thanks for the advice. Looking forward to exploring the area.
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Re: California advice needed!!

Buy the Butler maps for California.
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Got 'em coming, probably Monday.
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I'd say Dave's ride above however I'd take a little side detour on E Cabrillo Blvd in Santa Barbara for some beach volleyball and beach scene. Also, hit Splash Cafe in Pismo beach on Pomeroy Ave (the main tourist drag there) for the BEST clam chowder ever!!! There's usually a line but well worth the wait. Next "must hit" place is the Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur. Unbelievable view from the patio. You'll need refreshments by the time you get there anyway. When you're in Monterey/Carmel, don't bother with the 17 mile drive. It's more of "something to do when there's nothing else to do" thing. Go down to Canary Row. Hopefully in the evening. Lots of fun/food/people.
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