PCH 1 Guided Motorcycle Tour
Yes the orange blossoms smell amazing
Pacifc Coastal Highway U.S. 1 Tour
Growing up you always heard the old timers rave about two rides. They either have ridden them or wanted to ride them. The two have always been either PCH 1 (Pacific Coastal Highway, U.S. 1) or Route 66, (see guided tours).
I finally got the chance to do PCH 1 last year, it is definitely worth the ride. If nothing else just to see the sunset on the Pacific Ocean.
Ok I know that you won’t really find this on the coast, but when I rode into California it was in the Spring. As I dropped in heading towards the coast from Las Vegas I came across the top of The Mojave Desert. In doing so I passed by Orange Orchards in bloom. For mile after mile I was riding in the sweet, sweet smell of the orange blossoms. If you’ve never smelled orange blossoms, they smell like really sweet Honeysuckle, almost sweet enough to taste.
As you ride up the coast you pass San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Pier and the end of Route 66. Then you climb up through Santa Barbara, pass by the rock of Morro Bay, the Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Monterey Bay where I saw my first sunset on the West Coast.
The ride through San Francisco was unbelievable, riding the hill down towards the bay. Ok, they’re much harder riding them up, you must do one run down the world famous Lombard St. See Chinatown, dine (ok drink) at the Fisherman’s Wharf, with its sights and sounds, even the original Starbucks. Then a ride to the top of Twin Peaks to get the overview of the city.
As we head to the Golden Gate Bridge, a ride through The Presidio before jumping back into traffic. Once we pass through the tunnel at the end of the bridge, we hop off back to U.S. 1. We zip up and past Fort Bragg in route to The Drive Thru Tree Park, yes that’s its name.
Then we make our way to Eureka, with its beautiful mansions. The Carson Mansion is a large Victorian house located in Old Town, Eureka, California. Regarded as one of the highest executions of American Queen Anne Style architecture, the house is "considered the most grand Victorian home in America.” (thanks Wikipedia for that last description) I just thought it was unbelievable craftsmanship and a lot of money.
From there we’re in and out of the Giant Redwoods till we reach Oregon.