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Old 09-28-2014, 10:05 AM   #15
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As mentioned the comments about cliffs are talking about hwy 1. When I'm not familiar with a route I use Google Earth to follow the route. If I see an area that may concern me I go to street view and look around. In street view you will see exactly what road looks like.


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Old 09-28-2014, 10:06 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by twogypsies View Post
Hmmmm. I don't recall any scary cliffs on 101. Are you thinking of Hwy 1?
This was on Hwy 101 in Oregon, heading north. The DW would have been extremely nervous heading south. The only stretches of Hwy 1 that I cared to travel with the M/H and toad were from anywhere north of Monterey to the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge...and between Santa Monica and Ventura. There is no Hwy 1 in Oregon and it leaves the coast in northern California and joins Hwy 101 at Leggett.

We stayed at the state park in Lincoln City, the Casino RV park in Coos Bay, Ancient Redwoods RV in Redcrest, Betabel RV south of Gilroy, Wine Country RV in Paso Robles and Malibu RV up the hillside from the beach. Some of the other places were not so memorable.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:22 PM   #17
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That looks like Heceta Head Lighthouse around Florence, OR. We volunteered there for a few months and gave the tours. Neat place. To us, 101 in Oregon is a very good route for big rigs. It is nothing like Hwy 1 south.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:30 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by BobGed View Post
Here is my route around SF:

Hwy 101 South to Petaluma to
Hwy 116 East to
Lakeville Hwy South to
Hwy 37 East (near Marine World) to
I-80 South (near Vallejo) to
I-780 South (near Benicia) East to
I-680 South (San Jose) to
Hwy 101 South

The problem with going over to I-5 is it will take you way out of your way, and will take you through Stockton, which is really a rough ride.

I difer to a local. With the stipulation that mine's simpler. Drove 5 thru Stockton yesterday. It is bad, but they are working on it. Unfortunately, as I made my way to Pechanga in Temecula, where I currently am, I hit lots of road that is almost as bad.
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I was confabulated when I mentioned Hwy 101.......It is Hwy 1 that is a problem for me.
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Two years ago we drove Hwy 101 south, from Seattle to Petaluma in October. It was the most memorable, pleasant drive that I have had so far in our 35 Ft. gasser, towing a car. Took time to stop at many of the seaside pull-offs in Oregon, and took lots of pictures. Stopped at a campground near the Rogue Brewery, and spent time there, drove through the Avenue of the Giants, and still have some bark on the rear-view mirror to prove it. Highway 1, in California, over the coastal mountains to Westport,........now that was another story. I would walk it, before I would drive that again in an RV. But we lived, and made memories.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:07 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Just For Fun View Post
Just made that trip. And "Hwy 101 is excellent for big rigs. Don't confuse this with Hwy 1." Definately!!!!!

While 101 will have its twists and turns, steep grades in both direction, take you time and enjoy the drive.

Also, remember that the LAW in that area is "If you have five (5) or more vehicles behind you, take the first SAFE opportunity to pull over and let them by."
In June we drove Hwy 1 all the way from SF to SD. We are 67ft long, it was an awesome drive. It had been 20+ years since I had driven this streatch. 98% of the drive was a piece of cake, the 2% will make you pucker up, especially that set of switch backs just before San Simeon.

We did pull over every chance we got to let traffic pass, and there are a bunch of turn outs along the way.

We did not have much trouble finding camp sites until SoCal, once we hit LA/Orange County, it was very tough. Down in SD we had no problems, and would even go as far as saying the RV park(Santa Fe RV Park) we stayed at in SD was probably the best RV park we stayed in while in California.

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Are you planning to go around the Olympic Peninsula in WA also? That's a fairly easy drive, but there aren't as many campgrounds as in Oregon. The Hoh rain forest is well worth a visit if you do head that way. They get over 200" of rain a year there!

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