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Old 08-17-2011, 06:18 PM
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Hello all,
Looking at possibly touring the west coast from Victoria BC to Mexico border by bicycle. Has anyone done this, or at least part of it? I have found a book that describes it in detail, but would like to know of any first hand stories.
Is the 1-5 safe to travel on? Would the PCH be a better option?
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:28 AM
 
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You probably won't be permitted to ride on many stretches of I-5. Most freeways don't allow bicycle traffic.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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We have done Carmel Area to Los Angeles.
Boyscout trip, around '91 or so.
You can bicycle most of it and then you get warnings, to *get off the highway*.
When that happens, there are frontage roads.
I assume that it is like that for the whole trip you are planning.
On your own, I would be really careful, and trust nobody !!!

Had long springy sticks with flags mounted on each bike.
Really bright flashers.
All riders had neon-orange vests.
Lead rider and rider at end of group had Walky-Talkies.
One motor home with wife of Scout master was there everyday.
Each day, two more cars driven by a parent (taking turns),
all in radio contact with each other..
Never felt we were in jeopardy ...
But we always rode *single file* !!!

I think, that *by law* you HAVE to give more road clearance.
With most people thinking that traffic laws are just a philosophy,
who does nowadays ????
Sad but true !!!

Today, I often see *lone* bicyclists on the highway.
What surprises me, is that they do not have bright clothing on !!!
We see something *moving* ahead if us, could well be a *wanderer* or a *cow*,
and then we finally recognise the figure, and *see* a cyclist* !!!
Often, also, we notice clothing that is meant for racing ...
Especially the aerodynamically shaped helmet !!!
But then that bike is loaded to the hilt !!!

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Old 08-18-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Hello all,
Looking at possibly touring the west coast from Victoria BC to Mexico border by bicycle. Has anyone done this, or at least part of it? I have found a book that describes it in detail, but would like to know of any first hand stories.
Is the 1-5 safe to travel on? Would the PCH be a better option?

I did a group tour back in the 80's. We rode from San Francisco to San Diego taking US 1 the whole way. We stayed at campgrounds and hostels. It was a great trip but my info would be too outdated for you.

Try this blog and click on his online journal.

Adventure Cycling Association


Have a great time.
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