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addjunkie
06-02-2011, 12:35 PM
Right folks, we have done the bike thing round vegas, death valley, route 66 thing for a few days.

So now looking to ride down the west coast of the states from Seattle to LA, highway 101 and all that.

So has anyone done it, any recomendations do and donts, companies to hire a bike from, will be limited as its a 1 way hire. Places to visit etc. its only 1500 miles and were thinking of going for two weeks.

cheapest options always welcome!

Mortis
06-02-2011, 01:01 PM
Try this site.

http://www.hctravel.com/

I'm hoping to take a couple of months and do a complete tour of the states including Alaska. Possibly when I'm fifty in six years time.

Timbo
06-02-2011, 04:42 PM
Having spent seven weeks in a hospital in California, I'd say make sure you have good travel insurance that covers you for bike riding. A lot of them don't.

Davenbert
06-02-2011, 07:47 PM
Have never done it on a bike but did spend a while in the states in the 90's

If you get the chance to do Yellowstone, Bryce or Zion please do it. I did and it was a never forgotten, once in a lifetime experience. ( It is amazing the effect the bar stools at The Million Dollar bar in Jackson Hole have on the local ladies, however my lips are sealed.pmsl)

Awesome, I did it without a bike but no matter what the transport, it was unforgetable.

Ps it is illegal to be drunk on the side walk in certain areas.(Their definition of drunk is different to ours) Be careful, the US police are fairly tolerant of tourists but there are limits. Also in a lot of areas, you may not have been drinking but if a passanger has, you can be prosecuted.
Have lots of fun and enjoy.

P.s. American "ladies" get terribily excited by uk accents.......pmsl Be warned

Beano
06-02-2011, 08:34 PM
Seatle is cold......when are you thinking of going ?

We are starting in San Francisco and going down to San Diago this year. We had thought of starting in Seatle.....but want to spend more time in and around San Francisco.

In my personal opinion San Fran is fantastic and worth spending time in, also just up the road in wine country the roads are great.
L.A. is a sh!t hole....drive straight past :D ! ( But then I thought Vegas was a sh!it hole.)

As Timbo says get all singing and all dancing health insurance.:D

The big companies hire bikes but I was looking at these guys as they seem a bit more ....friendly...
http://www.californiamotorcycleadventures.com/index-English.html?gclid=CITZzZGQ8aUCFVBO4QodryllpQ

BigBod
07-02-2011, 09:07 AM
Did a similar trip a few years ago, started in San Francisco and spent a few days there as it's a great place, gotta do Alcatraz an all that.

Can't really offer any advice as we probably wernt as prepared as we should have been.

All I can tell ya is that apart from the hotel in San Fran we didn't book a single thing, just see where we ended up and never had a problem finding accommodation. Stopped in some real dodgy looking motels but that was all part of the trip. Got as far south as Phoenix in Arizona and did everything inbetween. Ours was a round trip so we ended up back in San Fran..Twas a trip of a lifetime...

Twas quite weird seeing London Bridge in the middle of the desert! so that's worth a look at Lake Havasu...

BigBod
07-02-2011, 09:08 AM
Seatle is cold......when are you thinking of going ?

We are starting in San Francisco and going down to San Diago this year. We had thought of starting in Seatle.....but want to spend more time in and around San Francisco.

In my personal opinion San Fran is fantastic and worth spending time in, also just up the road in wine country the roads are great.
L.A. is a sh!t hole....drive straight past :D ! ( But then I thought Vegas was a sh!it hole.)

As Timbo says get all singing and all dancing health insurance.:D

The big companies hire bikes but I was looking at these guys as they seem a bit more ....friendly...
http://www.californiamotorcycleadventures.com/index-English.html?gclid=CITZzZGQ8aUCFVBO4QodryllpQ

I agree, L.A. is a shit hole, wouldn't rush back there. Vegas was mental though...

Beano
07-02-2011, 04:07 PM
BigBod . Some of the motels you can find are real dives.......did you find the vibrating beds ! Why cant we have them over here in the Travel-Inn-Lodges ! :D
I usually book everything indevidually, but this year I am doing as you did and only booking the bikes and the San Fran hotel ! :)
I think Vegas would have been better if it hadnt SNOWED ! ! ! I was asked to be a poker tables lucky charm (being and "English Rose" http://www.pic4ever.com/images/25r30wi.gif ) on an all night game....didnt realise I could run so fast ! :eek:

BigBod
08-02-2011, 09:28 AM
Didn't find the vibrating beds!! Wish I had of though:thumbsu: Those motels are soooo cheap though, and we know the couple we were travelling with well enough that when ever possible we shared a room as most of em had 2 double beds so saved a lot of dosh that way...

As I went to bed one night in the Casino in Vegas there was an old lady playing one of the slot machines with her credit card inserted, when I came down for brekkie the next morning she was still there playing the same machine...

knuckle
08-02-2011, 02:29 PM
As already stated forget Seattle start from San Francisco but spend a couple or three days there before you hire from here (http://www.eaglerider.com/sanfrancisco/sanfrancisco.aspx)

Book up an evening trip to Alcatraz (https://www.alcatraztrips.com/eveningtour.asp) before you go otherwise you will find everything may be booked up when you want to go. The evening trip is much more fun/spooky.

Then take the Highway 1 [map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=San+Francisco,+CA,+USA&daddr=36.58183,-121.84201+to:36.31026,-121.88662+to:34.57195,-119.95468+to:34.14475,-119.10931+to:33.78651,-118.28145+to:33.76629,-118.18503+to:33.66478,-118.01264+to:33.55141,-117.80553+to:San+Diego&geocode=FVJmQAIdKAe0-CkhAGkAbZqFgDH_rXbwZxNQSg%3BFcYxLgIdpta8-Ck5_U_vDeWNgDFlgE0W7gm-Ug%3BFfQMKgIdZCi8-CndQEPY4pONgDGlbK-O3b2zfA%3BFa6GDwIdCKPZ-CnXsmHfu1rpgDGjGZDlH8Hi7g%3BFe4BCQIdQonm-CnbLNHtlkjogDHCVgQVdSgO-A%3BFY6KAwIdFivz-ClLZnq97DXdgDG0is0z2pL2Jw%3BFZI7AwIduqP0-Cn9o6D-PDHdgDH7waDd-gMHHQ%3BFQyvAQIdIEX3-Cml0UKTViHdgDGu2AgQLHpPxw%3BFTL0_wEdJm76-CkXHwNFIuTcgDH3iZkKgct9MA%3BFUEy8wEdeVIE-SlLHpKtD1PZgDF53xX9_SE6DQ&hl=en&mra=ls&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8&sll=33.2384,-117.449341&sspn=0.125774,0.21801&ie=UTF8&ll=33.054716,-119.212646&spn=4.032708,6.976318&z=7)]

It's the coastal route all the way down less than 600 miles but loads of places to visit on the way and places to stay en route staying one or two nights at some places.

Santa Cruz (Boardwalk), Carmel, The Big Sur, Santa Barbra, Muscle Beach, Long Beach Queen Mary,

13770 13771

My advice is return flight UK to San Fran (London Heathrow) and an internal one the day before from San Diego back to cheap airport hotel for next day's flight. It works out cheaper than UK to San Fran return San Diego.

A couple of nights to wind down in San Diego is also a must the OLD TOWN (http://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/) and the Gas Lamp (http://www.gaslamp.org/) area.

http://www.pacific-coast-highway-travel.com/

Beano
08-02-2011, 04:58 PM
I agree Knuckle.....and thanks for the bike hire link. Have you used these folk before ?
Dont forget to pop into Venice Beach as well ! :D

addjunkie
08-02-2011, 07:44 PM
we used eagle riders in vegas , they were very good, and very organised.

Well the plan has changed, tried to get free flights on my air miles to San Fransisco, but they could only offer me a multi stopper via outer mongolia. So as using TAP , (air protugal miles is a nightmare) I said what about a return to LA from Heathrow. He said I'll check, ..........so now were flying to LA retrun first class for 300 euros tax. I now have next to no TAP air miles left. But hey 300 euros for 2 first class seats is a bargin in my book and I wont be flying with TAP anymore so wont get any more air miles with them. Working in Angola has its perks.

Now we need to replan our route a bit. But its all part of the adventure. Thanks for the pointers too.