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Old 01-26-2007, 11:53 PM   #57
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Gosh I love this group, promise to come back in three. I think your on to something here.
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Old 01-27-2007, 12:50 AM   #58
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If it's a retirement celebration, we might have to join them for part of it. 2008 is when we are hanging up our axes. It's been fun but 31, years is enough. We'd rather camp (read that; rally). Ron
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Off topic, but you only retire once. Usually. Congratulations! No way I'll make 31.
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:15 AM   #59
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Ron and Debbie I don't believe that this trip will happen till the summer of 2008 its his retirement gift to himself. Well @#%% if we can get his agenda maybe we could do Malibu or Ocean Mesa with him and give him a real California welcome or maybe there could be a rally set up for that time frame for his enjoyment and celebration we have the time.
Wow, it would be great to be able to meet y'all. Now that's Texas hospitality, California style.

I can't say exactly when I'll get to Malibu. My wife's arrival is linked to the Chinese New Year. She will be teaching college level courses in China that Spring. Their Spring term does not begin until after their New Year has begun, and their celebration has ended. From what I've found out she will start sometime in early February, and finish up around the third week in June.

She will be teaching at University of the Incarnate Word - China. It is a branch of the university here in San Antonio. I know, a Catholic university in China is a bit strange, but they've been there now for about 7 or 8 years. It seems having a campus over there can be fairly political, so things are always in a fair state of flux. From year to year they never know if they will be allowed back, or even where the campus will be located. So she may not even go, in which case we can begin the celebration whenever we like.

Regardless, I'd really enjoy the opportunity to meet y'all.
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I'm in the process of fine tuning the northern CA leg of my trip, and will then begin work on the return leg.

First an update. As much as I really wanted to stay in Malibu, I just couldn't get past the daily fees, and surcharges if you were to stay during the July 4th period. Astronomical comes to mind. So, my CA stops will begin at the Pomona KOA out next to the LA fairgrounds. I will be there from 6/27 - 6/29, and would provide a cold beer and warm greeting to anyone wishing to come over. From there we travel to Morro Bay, and will stay at Morro Dunes Rv Park from 6/30 - 7/6. I did the reserve america thing on 1/2 to get a spot at the state park to no avail - I didn't realize that I could have called the month earlier because of my June arrival. From Morro Bay we will begin our first of two legs on the PCH up to Marina, CA. We'll leave Marina, and the PCH, and travel to Petaluma, CA. From Petaluma we then will get back to the PCH at Benbow.

My question here is how to continue north into Oregon from Benbow? We want to travel on 101 in Oregon to the Columbia River. All of y'all have told me how trecherous the PCH is north of San Francisco, and I really need some sound advice. Our first stop planned in Oregon will be Brookings, and that is about 170 miles north of Benbow. From what y'all have said that could be about a 9-10 hour drive, and a bucket of nerves. Should I head west on 299 at McKinleyville to IH5 and forget Brookings, or what?? I could get back to 101 at Coos Bay using 42, but I remember from long ago that some of those roads can be just as bad as the PCH.

What to do, what to do? Actually, the trip planning is part of the fun in a trip like this form me. When time is not critical, it's no problem to make 3 left turns to go right.

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Lovingtahoe. Quite some blog you've got. Once I'm underway, I hope to start up a blog of my trip.

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We'll leave Marina, and the PCH, and travel to Petaluma, CA. From Petaluma we then will get back to the PCH at Benbow.

My question here is how to continue north into Oregon from Benbow?

What to do, what to do? Actually, the trip planning is part of the fun in a trip like this form me. When time is not critical, it's no problem to make 3 left turns to go right.

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Oh my god no interstate! do not skip US 101, Peteluma to Oregon Border and north. It is beautiful!!!!!!!!!

Brookings has an RV park right on the beach. Very peaceful. I have travelled all of US 101 in ORegon. It is a lot of up and down left and right but the scenery is magnificant.
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Oh my god no interstate! do not skip US 101, Peteluma to Oregon Border and north. It is beautiful!!!!!!!!!

Brookings has an RV park right on the beach. Very peaceful. I have travelled all of US 101 in ORegon. It is a lot of up and down left and right but the scenery is magnificant.
Hi Michelle. I agree about traveling on 101 in Oregon. It's the getting there that I'm concerned with based on the posts of NORCAL residents. I did the trip going south from Crescent City, and I know that some parts are really hairy even when you're not towing. Now I'll be going north pulling 34'. If I can make that leg in 4-5 hours I'll do it. I really don't like interstates unless they're unavoidable.

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I live in Eureka and have traveled 101 from Santa Cruz to Eureka- no problem. I also frequently go up the coast (101) to Oregon- Brookings is a close trip for us. Benbow is a great spot too and only an hour-hour and twenty from Eureka. Also- Brookings is about 3 hours north... so from Benbow you're looking at 4-5 hours.

I wouldn't be scared- It's a beautiful drive- I love it!! No 299... it's a doozy- doable, but not a good alternative.
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I live in Eureka and have traveled 101 from Santa Cruz to Eureka- no problem. I also frequently go up the coast (101) to Oregon- Brookings is a close trip for us. Benbow is a great spot too and only an hour-hour and twenty from Eureka. Also- Brookings is about 3 hours north... so from Benbow you're looking at 4-5 hours.

I wouldn't be scared- It's a beautiful drive- I love it!! No 299... it's a doozy- doable, but not a good alternative.
That's what I wanted to hear. A 4-5 hour trip will be a nice ride. While we're in Benbow we plan to drive around sans trailer to do all the looking and stopping we want to. I was concerned with 299, and will now cross it off of the list. Thanks Tanya.

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Maybe you already have, but adding those reviews here on the forum would also be great! We have a few, but more is more better.
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I will get right on it!
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Lovingtahoe. Quite some blog you've got. Once I'm underway, I hope to start up a blog of my trip.

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I am glad you like it Let me know if you have any questions about our travels or campgrounds I have reviewed. We will be making a trip to the Santa Barbara coast soon too, so I will have some new reviews for you.
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At Brookings the only place to stay is at Harris Beach State Park. About 2-3 miles north of Brookings. Ask for a back in. Absolutely beautiful!

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