Motorcycling CA Mountains & Coast

North through Sierras, South along the Pacific Coast.

Motorcycling Adventure #9

11 days, 3,282 miles, Aug 2012

Ray & Jenny Jardine

Day 1 2012-08-13Day 1 page 1 of 11

Going north on this trip, we followed the "Sierra Cascades" route from We bought their route maps and used their GPS data. In the end, we followed almost all of it through California.

Heading back south, we followed the costal highways 101 and 1 to Ventura, NW of LA, then made a bee-line back home.

Places Visited


Laguna Mountain

Barrel Springs


Big Bear Lake

Isabella Lake

Sequoia National Park

Trail of 100 Giants (Sequoias)

Kings Canyon National Park

Yosemite National Park

Tuolumne Meadows

Mt. Shasta

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (Trees of Mystery)

Redwoods National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lake Tahoe

Old Station

McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Seiad Valley

Ave of the Giants (Redwoods)

Chandelier Tree

Pacific Coast Highway (CA State Route 1)

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco

Fort Funston (Hang gliding)

Big Sur

Waypoints: Campo, Mount Laguna, Warner Springs, Idyllwild, Yucaipa, Big Bear City, Wrightwood, Palmdale, Tehachapi, Lake Isabella, Springville, Three Rivers, Pinehurst, Squaw Valley, Auberry, Wawona, Tioga Pass, Hwy 395 Lee Vining, Bridgeport, Walker, Coleville, Woodfords. Hwy 89 South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City (yuck), Truckee, Greagle, Quincy, Greenville, Chester, Lassen NP, Old Station, McCloud, Mount Shasta to Montague via Old Stage Road, old hwy 99, Montague-Grenada Rd., Fort Jones, Scott River Road to Seiad, Happy Camp, O'Brien, Crescent City. Then back down the 101 and 1, etc.

2012-08-13: Day 1, Arizona City to Idyllwild - 448 mi.

Working on the bike

Homemade electrical plug for powering the GPS.

Pre-dawn departure to take advantage of the cool morning.

Converted Gold Wing with a 100,000 miles on it. This guy was quite a character; a retired navy diver and as nice as they come. He also had a great sense of humor. "People ask me: Aren't you afraid of the devil? Heck no, I lived with his sister for 20 years."


Raining hard on Mt. Laguna. Think we will stall for an hour or so before going up there.

Tooling around, waiting for a break in the weather.

On the Sunrise Highway climbing Mt. Laguna.

Nostalgic place

Barrel Spring. I've lost count of the number of times I've been through here on various journeys. Maybe eight? Let's see: 4 times PCT hiking, Hello-America, Moto-America, Moto-Prudhoe, and now this CA-Mountains-&-Coast.

Nearly dark and no tripod. We camped the first night in Mount San Jacinto State Park, Idyllwild

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