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bikendan

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Agree about August and September being better. In coastal California, there's something we call "June Gloom". It sometimes starts in May.
And Highway 1, between Carmel and San Simeon, is very slow going. 101 in Oregon is also slow going.
You may have some issues with lodging, in California.


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JimK-NY wrote:

May or even August of this year sounds like a lot of wishful thinking. May is almost here and with all the precautions Covid is just starting to spread throughout the country.


YOU can feel that way but that is NOT reality. Mark your calendar and let me know how we are doing in August.


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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I plan to copy and past/print and work them into the trip. I favor late August/September travel, mostly because the tourists are home for the year and the weather is usually still warm.
May/August dates weren't necessarly for this year, but I'm always hopeful and would like to do the deed this August/Sept. We'll see.
Keep adding suggestions, all are welcome. thanks,

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Just so you know, you’re not going to escape the tourists in late Aug/Sept. Very busy time of year on the coast.

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rollexx wrote:

Just so you know, you’re not going to escape the tourists in late Aug/Sept. Very busy time of year on the coast.


HUGE reduction in September since kids are back in School.

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I forgot to suggest not driving on weekends. Everybody tours PCH on the weekend.


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I have done the PCH on a bicycle, motorcycle, car and RV. The best month is September as it is dry (relatively), high pressure sets up over the area and visibility is fantastic, temperature highs are moderate and lows mild, and very little fog. And kids are typically back in school. Also, since you asked I would go north to south to keep the ocean on your right and easier to use pullouts. There is lots and lots to see so the very few days you are allocating to the trip will only barely scratch the surface kind of thing.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

rollexx wrote:

Just so you know, you’re not going to escape the tourists in late Aug/Sept. Very busy time of year on the coast.


HUGE reduction in September since kids are back in School.


Not likely this year! While September school should be back in session. The Canadians, and Californians start hitting the Oregon Coast.
I will add I saw someone talked about doing Deception Pass, as it is beautiful, then continue down Whidbey Island to Coupville then take the ferry to Port Townsend to catch 101 as north as possible, and bypassing Seattle!


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We did it pulling 5th wheel a number of years ago. North to South in early sept. Hardly saw the ocean in Washington and Oregon the dog was so thick. Northern California was beautiful. Ferndale a gorgeous little town.

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Hate spell check. The dog was fine!the fog was thick!

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