Sash and I left Bakersfield, CA on April 13, embarking on the longest stretch of Road Pickle 2015, riding north along the Pacific Coast for 8 days with the ultimate destination of Portland, OR.
We spent nights in Santa Cruz, CA, Ukiah, CA, Klamath, CA, Coos Bay, OR, and Corvallis, OR, before finally reaching our hotel here in the City of Roses.
The entire distance ran nearly a 1,000 miles.
What you notice along the way is the change in topography and weather as you ride from the farm fields of the San Joaquin Valley to the Redwoods of Northern California, and the rocky coastline of Oregon. Industry changes from oil wells of Kettleman City, CA to grapevines of San Juan Valley, fishing along Eureka, CA, and coastal tourism along the Oregon coast.
We got stop at the place where James Dean made his final stop before crashing to his death.
Cultural changes is a big component too. Sash and I feasted on some really good tacos in Coalinga. But we also got some great “Fries with Eyes” in Pescadero, and some killer clam chowder in Gold Beach, OR.
Sash was rather cold along the entire route, though she put on layers of clothes. It got really windy along the Oregon Coast, and then suddenly heated up when we headed inland to Corvallis.
We spent 7 days already here in Portland, tomorrow we’re headed further north to Seattle for a couple of weeks.