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Old 09-20-2020, 05:09 PM   #1
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Route 1 to San Francisco from north?

We are going back to SF bay area from OR coast in Oct. In the past, we have always driven 101s; this time we are thinking to take route 1 at Leggett CA and go south along the coast all the way to San Francisco. Has anyone done that? Our rig is 40' plus the toad, wondering if the road is ok. Thanks.
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It's doable but the road is long and windy. Once you leave Fort 'Bragg the road turns east and it's a big loop back to Manchester area. Then road is nice until you back to Gerstle Cove and then it get windy again the rest of the way. If your not in a hurry its a beautiful drive. Happy travels.
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It was a great motorcycle road but I wouldn't recommend it with a 40 ft and road. There are some pretty tight turns and narrow parts of the roadway. We took our 40 footer into Bodega Bay and there were some not fun areas. It's doable but not a pleasurable drive.
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Absolutely beautiful road. One of my favorites on a motorcycle - rode the southern half every summer in the 70s. The southern end in Marin can be narrow with tight turns, no shoulder at the guard rail, and rock cliffs on the inside curves. Not unusual for cars to come around the corners on or over the line. If you Google Map it, it's the section near Mt Tam/Muir Woods. You can avoid that section by going inland at Olema or Pt Reyes and reconnect with 101 in San Rafael (My old home town) :^)

The rest of it should be doable in a big rig. There may a be a few places where you have to take a curve slow, and time it so you can use a little bit of the other lane. Not many places like that though.
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Big thanks gentlemen! This is very helpful on the decision making! Not finalized yet but we like the idea to turn left at Olema towards San Rafael.
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