A Ten Day Motorcycle Ride to California

6th and final (?) draft and last call!

I’ll be departing from the Crystal Creek Cafe in Bothell after brekkie on July 15th.   Here is proposed route – and of course I reserve the right to make changes along the way.  Y’all are welcome to join me, as long as you can make alternate plans for the days I am visiting family in Los Gatos, as there are no more available beds!  As you can see, none of the days offer prohibitive or even challenging distances, as I like to stop often and I don’t really need to impress anyone with my riding stamina.

July 15th    (Friday) – July 25th    (Monday)        Cal tour    10 days

        Day #1:       

I90 to Ellensberg, South to Bend, on to LaPine (300 miles)

        Day #2:       

31 to Silver Lake               46 miles

31 to Valley Falls               72 miles

395 to New Pine Creek      50 miles

395 to Alturas                   39 miles

299 to Adin                       40 miles

139 to Susanville               66 miles 

36 to Westwood                20 miles

147 to 89                          11 miles 

89 to Quincy                     30 miles                  (374 miles)

          Day #3:               

Quincy to Sattley on 89            45 miles

49 to Nevada City                        65 miles

49 to Auburn                               23 miles

80 to 680 to Los Gatos             (300/400 miles)     

          Days #4–7:  

Visiting in Los Gatos

        Day #8:       

17 to 101 North                                  20 miles       

 101 North to Eureka                       300 miles      (320 miles)

        Day #9        

101 North to Crescent City           71 miles

101 North to Newport                     192 miles

20 East to a motel                            50 miles        (313 miles)

         Day #10      

to I-5 to Home                            280 miles      (280 miles)  


Copyright 2016                              David Preston

About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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