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Old 09-04-2010, 06:29 PM   #29
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great stuff here

and here we go...see how this works for the seasoned calif traveler...as this is my first time

I will be at the Eureka KOA..I want to travel south on the 101 and still see as much of Calif 1, sans trailer that i can...

so i leave Eureka and head for Fort Bragg (Harbor Rv Park) via the 101 and then on Calif 20 at Willitis to get to Fort Bragg ...stay there 2 or 3 days and I can day trip north and south on the Ca1 without the airstream....

then head out back to Willitis and the 101 bound for Cloverdale; (thousand trails/RussianRiver Park) for a few days and can day trip down to Bodega Bay and cover he Ca1 down to Stinson Beach with day trips out of Cloverdale....

then head out on the 101 out of CLoverdale headed for Monterey...hitting the Golden Gate Bridge just as dawn breaks...not many choices of places in Monterey?????

Could go to the Big Sur area..How is the trip down the Ca1 from Monterey South to the Moro Bay area where it hooks up with the 101 again.

Can the trip be made safely in a 25ft airstream on the CA1 south from Monterey>?????? to Pismo Beach

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Old 09-04-2010, 10:21 PM   #30
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The most difficult part of that trip, IMO, will be 20 from Willits to Ft. Bragg amd back. I did it last year with my 25' and you need to take your time. Its up and down and around the whole way. The rest of your trip will be no problem.

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Old 09-05-2010, 09:31 AM   #31
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Cal 20

The mountain directory advises of the trip on 20 from Willits and from Legget down Ca 1 and says the 20 is the better road.... sounds doable??

RV Park Reviews gives the Harbor Park near Fort Bragg great reviews with some caution....

so the trip down Ca 1 from Monterey , through Big Sur and further down is ok??...even through LA.......

How would be the best way to get to Hemet at the Santa Barba area and avoid the cluster of LA, possibly from the 150 to the 126 to Santa Clara then the cluster of interstates...210 to San Berdardino..the 215 snaking down through Riverside and then to Hemet.....

then out to Joshua Tree and then high tail it on 10 and then to 60 and worm my way to the Balloon festival in Albuquerque

And the juant between Cloverdale and Monterery???? throught the Golden Gate bridge on the 101...lotasa traffic...best time??????

or is it worth the trip?? to go through... down to San Clemente and take cal 74.... to Lake Elsenore...which sounds..as white knuckle as it gets, according to the mountain directory......

I have been on 74, from Hemet to Thousand Palms..without the trailer and it would be scary enough........

but the 74 from San Juan Capistranio sounds even more like a roller coaster with lots of hairy traffic but yet...do you feel lucky???

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We were just in Big Sur. We towed our 1966 24' Trade Wind from our weekend stay in Carmel to Kirk Creek Campground....estimate 35 - 40 miles through Big Sur. The road, HWY 1, is winding and steep in places buy very doable. There are several traffic signal one way construction areas. Buy gas and supplies before you get to Big Sur...VERY expensive and limited there. We used KJirk Creek as a base for day trips back to Big Sur, est 15 miles, and to Cambria, past Hearst Castle to the south, est 35 miles. Road is good and easy to there.
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Can the trip be made safely in a 25ft airstream on the CA1 south from Monterey>?????? to Pismo Beach

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Please be mindful of the weather conditions along this stretch of coast. We were headed to Big Sur from Monterey yesterday morning in our car but turned around just south of the Bixby Bridge. A wall of fog rolled in with strong gusts and created zero-visibility conditions. Literally, the car in front of me (100' at most and with lights on), the road, and the earth simply vanished.

We probably could have waited it out the fog in one of the turn-outs, but we headed back to sunshine just 2 miles north. There definitely was not enough space and visibility to safely u-turn a truck and trailer to return north.
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The mountain directory advises of the trip on 20 from Willits and from Legget down Ca 1 and says the 20 is the better road.... sounds doable??

RV Park Reviews gives the Harbor Park near Fort Bragg great reviews with some caution....

so the trip down Ca 1 from Monterey , through Big Sur and further down is ok??...even through LA.......

How would be the best way to get to Hemet at the Santa Barba area and avoid the cluster of LA, possibly from the 150 to the 126 to Santa Clara then the cluster of interstates...210 to San Berdardino..the 215 snaking down through Riverside and then to Hemet.....

then out to Joshua Tree and then high tail it on 10 and then to 60 and worm my way to the Balloon festival in Albuquerque

And the juant between Cloverdale and Monterery???? throught the Golden Gate bridge on the 101...lotasa traffic...best time??????

or is it worth the trip?? to go through... down to San Clemente and take cal 74.... to Lake Elsenore...which sounds..as white knuckle as it gets, according to the mountain directory......

I have been on 74, from Hemet to Thousand Palms..without the trailer and it would be scary enough........

but the 74 from San Juan Capistranio sounds even more like a roller coaster with lots of hairy traffic but yet...do you feel lucky???

thanks.....
The 101 over the Golden Gate takes you thru the heart of San Francisco. If you must do it, make it EARLY.
Avoiding the L.A traffic is nearly impossible. But lucky for you it will not be the worst of it. Taking the 101 south to the 134 burbank to the 210 east (the 134 turns into the 210) that would be the quickest way out of town. Have fun!!
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I intend to avoid LA and SF. We'll come to the coast a bit north of Monterey and exit via Cal. 126. A friend from Cal. tells me 126 was once extremely dangerous, but is much improved. He also advised we'd like Joshua Tree NP much more than Big Bear. He also mentioned the roads into BB are pretty slow and full of switchbacks.

Lots of good info here and when it gets closer to October, I'll be printing out this thread or copying the info for our trip.

One of the things to see in Big Sur is Cafe Nepenthe. Great views from the upstairs restaurant, but the downstairs restaurant (both are outdoors) is a lot cheaper, views are good, and you can walk upstairs to see the better view. Henry Miller once lived there and there is a bookstore where he lived. Esalen also is there, but not easy to get into. They have a hot spring—I belive they are required to allow the public to use it, but they only open it to the public from 1-3 am.

I'm wondering what the closest CG's are to Big Sur, public or private?

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Old 09-06-2010, 04:50 PM   #36
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RV Park Reviews.com lists several and I believe the Kirk Creek campground has been mentioned on this thread.........Kirk Creek will be my choice on my trip if i can swing it
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:55 PM   #37
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Big Sur again

A friend of mine who currently lives in california; Hemet, and previously lived in the Bastrop (lost pine) area near Austin, Tx advises that my trip to Big Sur will find that it is like the lost Pines of Bastrop, only air conditioned and that there are"mucho hippies"...since i am a retired old hippie myself...i cannot miss Big Sur
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:54 PM   #38
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Leaving Oregon.....Headed to Albuquerque via Calif, and points east

Getting ready to leave Oregon this morning bound for Eureka for a few days and get my bearings and supple my reserve for the journey down the 101 to San Juan Capistrano...

still dont know where i will stay after Eureka...going to explore the Fort Bragg area and survey the highway 20 and Ca 1 conditions before i jump
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Mendacino, just down the road from Ft. Bragg, is a neat little town. Leave the A/S in Ft. Bragg. A little known fact. Mendacino is the town they shot "Murder She Wrote" in.

Pretty good food at the restarant in Ft. Bragg down by the water. I can't remember the name.

You won't have any trouble on Rte. 20 if you just take your time.

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Stayed in Morro Dunes RV Park June 2010. Welcome To Morro Dunes RV Park 1700 Embarcadero, Morro Bay CA 93442 (map) (805) 772-2722 . Very close to Morro Rock, Dunes & Surf . I am planning a rally for last week of April 2011, have it on the rally calender, looking for some more aluminum, here is a photo. You can see morro rock in background.
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Johnny,

How far would you say Kirk Creek is from Monterrey. How hard was it to get a spot there?
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