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Old 06-16-2009, 12:07 AM   #15
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Great Post, thanks to everyone contributing! We're taking copious notes.
We will be doing this from San Diego to Bandon here shortly and you have given us a wealth of info about some of the areas we'll be going to and thru and how to approach it.

If we see you at the Oregon Gathering then the 1 is doable....
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:04 AM   #16
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I really appreciate all the detailed information and input - just the type we were hoping to receive.

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Wow Adrian, a travel guide and and artist! I like your painting and thanks for the info, Dave & I hope to do Hwy 1 in the near future.

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Old 06-16-2009, 08:53 AM   #18
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I did, just last fall with a screaming migraine headache! Talk ! I was toast by the time I got to where I was going............ Road Rage was not an issue, Rage at myself for getting myself in that mess was the issue.
So how would you avoid that stretch? I have driven many times without towing (and hate every minute going thru LA) but will be towing from SD to N CA and beyond. I am wondering about where to go over the San Bernardinos (Cajon Pass then thru Tehachapi or Tejon Pass?) and the best way to avoid LA (up the 15 then cross over to 5 by way of Pasadena, I think it is 202?).

For those who have towed over both passes, which do you like better?
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #19
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Anne, I am soooooo not the person to get you by passed/around that mess anymore! It's been 25 years since I was an expert at driving thru/around LA. I just screwed up way back and decided to just keep going, I should have taken Pear Blossom Hwy to avoid all of it or at least the middle of it. I was way toooooo far past pear blossom when I realized I was already dropping down Cajon Pass so I just keep going and then I got stuck in the wrong lane (or should I say the freaks wouldn't let me get over) on several good options to go around the mess as well as asked for directions from people who only know LA versus how to avoid LA. So I ended up the the middle of it all................... Years ago I could have gotten you around a lot of it. But it's been tooooo many years to analyze the LA road system. I am sure there are others who might be able to help you out. My only advise is hit it at 4 am to be at the front of the mess. (cause believe me they will be on your A$$ even at 4 am). Honestly I would NOT live like that! Those people are crazy! Life is toooooooo short to do that everyday! There is nothing there, not a job, not a home, not a person that would have me living thru that on a daily basis.
guess I have lived a quite/good life long enough to not want to do that routine anymore. Robin
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:17 PM   #20
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Tejon Pass?) and the best way to avoid LA (up the 15 then cross over to 5 by way of Pasadena, I think it is 202?).

I believe this would be the better route, it is the 210 off the 15 to get to Pasadena. The 210 will just turn into the 134 Ventura Freeway at Pasadena (to keep on the 210 one must make a turn off the 210, not too hard, nor does it slow you down much, but very hard coming down from the North, must turn off onto an off ramp which goes down to' I believe, only two lanes & your are underground or at least under freeways to do it. they had a bad accident in one simular last year where the 14 & 5 seperate/join with an huge fire in the underpass deal, not a place one would want to be), and the 134 will just change into the 101 (I don't believe it involves making a turn). At around Ventura or a little past, the 101 is also the 1. Stay on the 101/1 to you get to San Luis Obispo where 1 takes a turn off 101. Granted you miss the PCH (1) as it goes by Malabu to Oxnard, but traffic shouldn't be too bad this route if you avoid rush hours. Try to hit it around 9/10 am to 3 pm. Or hit it pretty early before 5/6 am or later 8/9 pm. It will keep you away from most of the LA mess.

I have used this route a few times, with and without a tow. Not from San Diego however. From the 15/210 area. I have gone up the 5, but I believe the 5 has more traffic and steeper grades to cross. I believe my brother-in-law has told me to keep off the 5 if possible. They live in Thousand Oaks.


Kathie, Thank you very much. Happy Trails to you as well.

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Old 06-18-2009, 12:17 PM   #21
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If your coming from the north...way north Vancouver B.C. What would be the best route to enter the coast? How many days should you expect for this trek? We plan on heading east to Phoenix once we are far enough south.Yes we do realize it can be extremely hot there this time of year.We were there last July and it was 115 degrees. Thank goodness for air conditioning.Any suggestions really appreciated. Towing a 17' Casita with a 98 Pathfinder.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:33 PM   #22
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go through the sierras instead of the valley or coast when you hit the bay area. take the 88 through the mountains. you get on it just east of Sacramento. map quest it. i think its called slough house road or something. i believe its off the 50 just past the big freeway turnpikes. once you get over the pass in a town called minden or gardnerville (same town) head south on the 395. you will see some of the most beautiful mountains in the sierras. and also some of the high desert volcanoes and what not. mono lake, mammoth lakes is a great place to go. after that just make your way east toward Vegas or keep going south. what ever you do if you chose to go through the sierras don't take 108 (Sonora pass) its brutal. many 12% grades and the pass tops out at over 9000' or so. if you don't want to go through the mountains just take the 1 and try to avoid the big cities. I go to a town up there on the 395 called bridgeport every summer since i was 5. its amaizing, i never get tired of the area. iv'e been allmost everywhere in california and its the most spectacular place yet.

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Old 06-18-2009, 09:05 PM   #23
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All comments about traveling highway 101 or highway 1, north of San Francisco, are very good. The only suggestion I would make, as a native of the north coast, is to please, please, please, please pull over when you safely can. It will truly be appreciated and maybe save an accident from an impatient traveler. I know you will enjoy either route. I have traveled both for years, with and without a trailer and have never had any trouble. But, I see folks driving that look like they are driving "white knuckled" and if so, maybe they should never taken the highway, but don't let that worry you, take your time, have a good time, the scenery it magnificent and like I tell my friends "happy trails." Margaret
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Yea, i forgot about that. As a local we fly down the roads. usually much faster than posted. Mainly because all of the roads around rural areas are the same so you get used to curvy narrow roads. Just remember the roads are really curvy so allow more time for the distance. Make sure you got good brakes most of hwy 1 is right on the cliff so don't go off it or you will be in the drink for sure.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:02 AM   #25
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If your coming from the north...way north Vancouver B.C. What would be the best route to enter the coast? How many days should you expect for this trek? We plan on heading east to Phoenix once we are far enough south.Yes we do realize it can be extremely hot there this time of year.We were there last July and it was 115 degrees. Thank goodness for air conditioning.Any suggestions really appreciated. Towing a 17' Casita with a 98 Pathfinder.
If you are not wanting to see the coast over by the Olympic Pen'sula, take PH99 to I-5 follow 5 down to Exit 88 then take US12 west to US101 then south down it to Leggit, CA take SR1 west there. At Ventura, CA take SR126 to I-5 turn right to SR126 to SR14 turn left then onto Sierra Hwy by Palmdale to the Pearblossom Hwy to SR138 always east to I-15 turn right (south) follow it to I-215 follow it to I-10 follow it to Phoenix.

If you want to see the cost over by the Olympic Pen'sula, I believe we turned off of I-5 at Mount Vernon and make it over to Port Townsend (a ferry ride to get to Port T) follow SR-20 to US101 turn left follow it.

The only really hairy traffic we had was over by the Redwoods along the coast of Northern CA with the loging trucks zooming around RVs and anything else on the curvy narrow roads.
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Pearblossom Highway can be "interesting" as it is a two-lane road with some very impatient people. I've seen vehicles forced off the road by someone insisting on passing when there isn't enough room to complete the pass. Fortunately I have not seen a headon collision (yet). I've seen the debris, but not the collisions...

My wife taught me this trick to avoid headons -- follow a BIG 18-wheeler! Nobody is going to mess with them!

A few details: follow that 18-wheeler far enough back that you can see and also don't get hit by rocks tossed up by its wheels, but close enough that an impatient oncoming driver isn't going to think he can pass the car in front of him in the short space between the truck and you.

Oh yeah, turn on your lights, even if it's daylight.

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If you like roller coasters there are some nice whoopee bumps also. Nothing to be scared of, but do be aware that even though you can see what looks like a mile or more of straight road in front of you that there are many dips which completely hide oncoming traffic. If you see a solid line on your side of the centerline it means "don't pass" and is probably there because there is either an intersection coming up or a dip which prevents you from determining whether there is oncoming traffic.

Don't let us scare you -- just be aware, be predictable, and enjoy your trip.
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I am thinking Pearblossom Highway should be a lot better by now, 2 1/2 years since I have driven it. They were and had improved a lot of it then, widening the hwy, more passing lanes, less dips, less curves. We towed our Scamp over it 3 years ago without any problems, but did not speed doing it. Yes, it could be dangerous, but I am thinking it has been improved most of the way by now. The parts finished were very easy to travel. Yes, there could still be some drivers on it. Good to give people a heads up on them. We did several more in a car on it. Hopefully, folks from Canada only drive with their lights on, as I always do as well. Very good law they have up north. US should do likewise, be a blessing.
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So how would you avoid [b]that stretch? I have driven many times without towing (and hate every minute going thru LA) but will be towing from SD to N CA and beyond. I am wondering about where to go over the San Bernardinos (Cajon Pass then thru Tehachapi or Tejon Pass?) and the best way to avoid LA (up the 15 then cross over to 5 by way of Pasadena, I think it is 202?).

[b]For those who have towed over both passes, which do you like better?
As San Diego is our starting point, we find that the vast majority of our travels are to the north, via the Tejon Pass. We only use the Cajon Pass to go to Las Vegas, and points northeast. I find that diverting that far east is counterproductive if my goal is due north on I-5.

The best advise I can give for the I-5 corridor through Hollywood is to become completely familiar with the quirks of that old stretch. "Hair of the Dog" as it were... I usually keep it slow and stay to the right, [b]but a middle lane is a wiser choice through that area. I also mitigate problems by trying to schedule my time through there for evenings, after the commuter traffic has died down...

If I want to get to the 101 up the coast, then connecting via I-405 is less harrowing than I-5, even with all of the LAX traffic.
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