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    This year will be the 7th year in a row that we have gone on a week long road trip. Being from the PNW, Washington State, we are running out of routes that we haven’t done already. Only so many directions you can go! We have done Canada, Yellowstone a couple of times, Glacier, Sturgis, Reno, and pretty much every national park or landmark in between. This year the wife wants to go to Yosemite. With our timeline of a week this is the tentative route we are planning on taking.

    Saturday: Home to Yreka CA (475 miles)
    Sunday: Yreka CA to Yosemite National Park CA (425 miles)
    Monday: Spend a day riding around the park
    Tuesday: Yosemite National Park CA to Reno NV (275 miles)
    Wednesday: Reno NV to Eureka CA (350 miles)
    Thursday: Eureka CA to Newport OR (315 miles)
    Friday: Newport OR to Forks WA (315 Miles
    Saturday: Forks Home (183 miles)

    This will allow us to see the park. Do lake Tahoe again. And travel up 101 alone the coast line for part of California and all of Oregon and Washington. Anyone in California have any idea of things that are a “must hit” while we are down there?

  • #2
    If your going to Yosemite and then to Reno, make sure you take the Tioga pass over to 395 and then into Reno. When visiting Yosemite be sure to get there early in the morning. The lines to get in are outrageous

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    • 75kona
      75kona commented
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      Thanks for the tip! I will be sure to put Tioga pass on the list! We are getting to Yosemite late in the evening and camping for the night. Then spending the next day exploring. Ill make sure we are there early the morning.

  • #3
    an absolute pipe dream...i get a vicarious charge just knowing others are out there doing it...lived out there when i was in my early 20's (usmc) way before i started riding...zp...

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    • #4
      You should try Arizona sometimes. Plenty to see and do here. If you can make Cali you can make Arizona.

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      • 75kona
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        doable yes, But I am a wimp and hate the heat lol

    • #5
      Northern Arizona doesn't get hot. It's more like Colorado even looks like it. The Grand Canyon, Hoover dam, Lake Powell is awesome. If you go this time of year you would need cold weather gear. Several feet of snow on the ground right now in Flagstaff. The place is crawling with skiiers. They keep the roads plowed pretty good there for all the ski resort folks.

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      • zingpow
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        the devil's highway...clifton az to alpine az...i know i've mentioned it before but it's on my bucket list...there are travel videos on utube...

    • #6
      Sound like a hell of a trip. I second Ron's call in Tioga pass. When are you planning to head out and when you leave Reno, how far south are you planning to pick up 101 at? There are lots of really great rides between Reno and Eureka. If you're going in warmer weather, Hwy 49, from just north west of Reno to Grass Valley is a great wooded route that follows the Yuba river over the sierras. And if you're going straight across the Central Valley to the coast, Hwy 36 is a must.
      Last edited by Doc_V; 1 week ago.

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      • #7
        Northern Arizona, Four Corners area and northern New Mexico.

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        • 75kona
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          Hmmm. Four Corners could be interesting.

      • #8
        Pretty cool trip Kona good luck and post plenty of pics on your return. Safe travels. JC

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        • #9
          For Wednesdays ride HWY 36 is a nice ride from Red Bluff (I5) to Fortuna (HWY 101)

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          • #10
            Originally posted by 75kona View Post
            Hmmm. Four Corners could be interesting.
            Moab, Grand Canyon, 1st and 2nd Mesa on Hopi reservation, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly on Navajo reservation, Chaco Canyon in NW Mew Mexico.

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            • #11
              Sounds like an awesome trip, Thursday-Eureka to Newport, there is a road closure on Hwy 101 near Brookings, check that out, it looks to be a long term closure.
              Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid----John Wayne

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              • #12
                Oh, when are you doing this? May or June?
                Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid----John Wayne

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                • 75kona
                  75kona commented
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                  Sometime in July. Hoping to still make the NW starfest... But we have 3 other riders schedules to look at. We will be getting together Monday to nail down a date that works for everyone.

              • #13
                Well Father PB and Shores have changed my mind! looks like this will be the potential route!

                Four Corners trip with Grand Canyon return.

                Saturday: Home to La Grande OR (356)
                Sunday: La Grande OR to Burley ID (326)
                Monday: Burley ID to Green River UT (365)
                Tuesday: Green River UT to Four Corners (200)
                Tuesday: Four Corners UT to Grand Canyon AR (231)
                Wednesday: Grand Canyon AR to Richfield UT (354)
                Thursday: Richfield UT to Wells NV (341)
                Friday: Wells NV to La Grande OR (411)
                Saturday: La Grande OR to Home (356)

                2940 Miles
                · Four Corners Monument
                · Grand Canyon
                · Salt flats
                · Longest day 431 miles

                Thanks for the advice guys!

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                • #14
                  Steven, there’s a lot to see between Four Corners and the Grand Canyon. Look at a detailed map for cool stuff.

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                  • #15
                    Nice ride is from Flagstaff down 89A, through Sedona (beautiful), Jerome (cool town on the side of a hill/mountain), Prescott (historic), down Yarnell hill (which has twisties) to Congress, AZ. Yarnell is where the 19 Granite Mtn hotshots died a few years ago fighting a wildfire. There's a memorial there. Its a 7 mile roundtrip hike from the parking lot to where they died if you care to visit. This ride is one of my favorite rides in AZ. I love this ride.

                    There's Hannigan's Meadow down to Clifton (Cornado Trail, 191the Devil's Hwy (old US666)). Its a fun ride (lots of twisties). i've done it. The only bad thing about it, there's really nothing out there. Clifton is a mining town. And Hannigan's Meadow is not much more than a lodge. So the only reason to go there is for the stretch of the road.

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                    • #16
                      Good call; that's on my list of future road trips.

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