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Day 3 – Pacific Coast Highway Motorcycle Ride

Day 3 – Pacific Coast Highway Motorcycle Ride

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Day 3 Pacific Coast Motorcycle Ride Route Map

Today is day 3 – Pacific Coast Highway motorcycle ride, we are just riding, putting some miles (517) behind us, getting to our destination, the Pacific Coast. So, we won’t be stopping except for gas, food and rest but we will be seeing nice scenery along the way… I am riding with riding buddies, Larry C, Larry T and Larry A… Yes, they are all named Larry… I won’t ride with anyone unless their name is Larry… Well, it does make for a good story… 😊

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Rolling down scenic I-70

Come follow along as we ride 5534 miles in 14 days, riding more scenic western U.S. roads. Today we are riding from Georgetown, Colorado to Ogden, Utah, 519 miles via I-70, U.S. 191, U.S. 6 & I-15.

This morning leaving Georgetown, Colorado, it is a bit chilly at 38 degrees. It felt even colder while riding through the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountain canyons. Riding I-70 is a scenic, long, mountainous stretch of interstate highway from Georgetown to Grand Junction. When living in Colorado, Janet and I loved driving I-70 because of its beauty. Larry C. commented as we made our way down I-70, “Who would have thought an interstate highway would ever be considered a motorcycle road!”. It really is a motorcycle road. For those of you who would never consider an interstate as a motorcycle road, I would highly recommend you ride this stretch and find out for yourself.

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Larry’s following on I-70

From Georgetown, we rode down scenic I-70 300 miles to Green River, Utah. We turned northwest on to US 191. The scenery has gone from mountains to flat… really flat with views of mountains to the east and west of us. It was a stark difference from the first 200+ miles. It is beautiful in a very rugged panoramic sense. At Spring Canyon, the scenery is starting to get mountainous again. At Castle Gate, we leave US 191 and continue northwest via US 6. The scenery was greener with rolling hills. Very nice, then getting a bit more rugged. North of Spanish Fork we pick up I-15. We are riding the interstate to Ogden our home away from home for the night. It was getting unseasonably warm and we got stuck in heavy traffic for most of the way riding up I-15. This, as it was on a previous ride, did not make for fun riding. I think we will avoid I-15 for future routes in and around Salt Lake City. I would suggest you do the same unless you like riding in heavy traffic in the heat…

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Leaving Colorado

We were glad to finally make it to Ogden. We were hot and tired and in need of a good night’s sleep…

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Gas and break

Tomorrow will be another long mileage day of 551 miles. Putting miles behind us to get to the Pacific Coast.

Come follow along, enjoying more beautiful scenery as the Larry’s and I continue our ride.

Ride safe and I hope we see you down the road somewhere…

Pacific Coast Highway Motorcycle Ride

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Pacific Coast Highway ride route

Pacific Coast Highway Motorcycle Ride

I am calling this ride the Pacific Coast Highway Motorcycle Ride because our destination this year is the Pacific Coast Highway. We will be riding other good motorcycle roads like I-70 with its beautiful sweeping curves through scenic mountain canyons and Washington State Highway 14 the Lewis and Clark Hwy Highway which hugs the scenic Columbia River through the Columbia River Gorge. I must say riding anywhere in the western U.S. is scenic with panoramic views and it has many good motorcycle roads.

This year, as in past years, I’m riding with the Larry’s. My old Air Force buddy Larry C. and his childhood friends Larry T. and Larry A. This is the first year all 3 of them have been able to make the ride. Because I’m always riding with one or more of the Larry’s, I’ve started telling everyone I will only ride with them if their name is Larry.

This year, we rode one of the roads on my ride bucket list. Janet and I have driven part of the Pacific Coast Highway from south to north. I knew then, I needed to ride it, but from north to south. The reason for riding north to the south is because the pullouts will be on the right side of the road. That way you only have to worry about one lane of traffic when pulling over and back onto the road. Also many of the pullouts are on points that restrict your vision to on-coming traffic. It makes for a tense situation when having to deal with two lanes of traffic when pulling back onto the roadway. Pulling on and off the road crossing two lanes in a car is intense and more so on a bike… Riding the Pacific Coast Highway, from the north to the south, was a good decision.

On this ride I planned two different return routes. For the original route we were to return on a more southern route via I-8 and I-10.The average temperatures along this route for September is in the triple digits. I planned an alternate more northern route where the average temperatures are about 15 degrees cooler. Before we committed to either route, we could look at the weather. As it turned out we took a modified version of the northern route back.  Even on this route we managed to reach 103 degrees when riding into Needles, CA. Riding out of Gallup, NM was our coldest temperature for the ride of 35 degrees. Rather extreme for being just 395 miles apart but the elevations went from 495 feet in Needles, CA to 6467 feet in Gallup, NM.  All in all the weather for this ride was pretty good over the entire trip. Just a sprinkle or two, clear to partly cloudy with fog in a few places and temperatures that were cool to warm for the most part. Great riding weather…

Larry C., Larry T. and Larry A. met me in Amarillo, Texas. They were riding in from Alabama and Georgia. From Amarillo we rode together 13 days taking in all the great scenery along the way. On day 13 we split up in Sweet Water, TX. I headed home and they headed back to Alabama and Georgia.

Below is a thumb nail sketch of our route and a few pictures as teasers. I will be posting ride stories about each day so check back from time to time “for the rest of the story”…

Day 1: I rode from Georgetown, TX to Amarillo, TX (470 miles) to meet the Larry’s. No stops except for gas, food and rest stops.

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Heading to Amarillo to meetup with my riding buddies…

 

Day 2: Amarillo, TX to Georgetown, CO (476 miles) via Hwy 87 & I-25.

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Riding past Capulin Volcano in New Mexico

 

Day 3: Georgetown, CO to Ogden, UT (519 miles) via I-70, US 191 & I-15.

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Riding the scenic canyons of I-70 in Colorado

 

Day 4: Ogden, UT to Hermiston, OR (551 miles) via I-84.

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Snake River riding I-84 Oregon – Idaho border

 

Day 5: Hermiston, OR to Poulsbo, WA. (380 miles) Via WA 14,  NFD 25, US-12, WA-123 to WA-410, WA-164, WA-18 & I-5.

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Riding through the Columbia Gorge

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Taking in the majesty of the Columbia River Gorge

 

Day 6: Poulsbo, WA to Garibaldi, OR (360 miles) via US 101.

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Ruby Beach in Washington

 

Day 7: Garibaldi, OR to Coos Bay, OR (177 miles) via US 101.

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Cape Cove in Oregon

 

Day 8: Coos Bay to Eureka, CA (215 miles) via US 101.

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Larry C. riding through the drive through tree near Trees of Mystery…

 

Day 9: Eureka, CA to El Granada, CA (331 miles) via US 101 & CA 1.

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Riding across the foggy Golden Gate Bridge at dusk…

 

Day 10: El Granada, CA to Morro Bay, CA (216 miles) via CA 1.

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Morro Rock at dust in Morro Bay, California

 

Day 11: Morro Bay, CA to Needles (405 miles) via CA 41, CA 46, I-5, CA 58 & I-40.

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Larry C. leading the way down CA Highway 41

 

Day 12: Needles, Ca to Gallup, NM (384 miles) via Historic Route 66 & I-40.

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The lovable donkeys of Oatman, Arizona

 

Day 13: Gallup, NM to Lubbock, TX (457 miles) via I-40 & US 84.

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Leaving Gallup, New Mexico early morning with temperature at 25 degrees…

 

Day 14: Lubbock, TX to Home (354 miles) via US 84, TX-153, US-84, US-183 S to TX 29.. I left the Larry’s behind at Sweetwater, TX. I continued south toward home and they continue east on I-20 then I-30 to Alabama and Georgia.

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Wind Turbines near Sweetwater, Texas… I’ll be home soon… 😉

 

For more pictures, have a look at the ride video below….

Ride safe and I hope we meet somewhere down the road…