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March 14, 2015

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The only thing I can add to Kelsi's comments is that the part of the highway that goes from the coast to Marin City (near San Francisco) is posted "no vehicles over 40 feet". I am also 50 feet with my tow and I drove it. I took up both lanes on several tight curves but there was little traffic so I was OK. It is a beautiful route to take!

We drove it in our rig a few years ago, 32 feet of trailer and 46+ feet over all. It's tight in spots, and my official navigator was nervous, but the road is in good shape and quite manageable. The Redwood forest section was the tightest, but not busy in January when we were there.

Thanks very much for posting my query and the comments/ pics. It certainly sounds like "an excellent adventure". That route looks so much different than the scenery at home or what we have seen in Az this winter. And after all, the reason we bought our rig was to see and experience different places and people. We aren't even home yet and I am anxiously awaiting next years Snowbird 2 adventure.

mexiCroft,
What about RV parks in that area? We haven't stayed there, but from my past research I seem to remember them being kinda pricey.

R,
How far south did you go?
We usually start heading east before Santa Rosa and haven't been down the entire stretch of the 101.

Bruce,
De nada for the post. Hope it helps. And no doubt the energy sector recovers by this fall/winter, maybe even at the tail end of Q2.
I used to add up our monthly dividend checks too, but after some recent reductions it's just not as much fun. Ah well. This too shall pass...

We have traveled 101 South from the top of Washington to San Francisco many times in a class A, class Cs and a 5th wheel. We love it, if it was a bit warmer in the winter we would stay in Oregon, prices are cheaper, it is uncrowded, rv parks, especially state parks are well maintained and the ocean is beautiful. We love the lack of traffic compared to California. There are so many parks on that coast with empty spaces you can pick and choose every night. Some are in the wilderness and others in the many towns and cities. Fresh seafood is also reasonably priced. And compared to California they get rains to freshen things up!

Thanks Mr P,
How is Morro Bay this season? I've been checking the weather since January - it's pretty moderate there in the winter.
Is the RV park more expensive this year?
And are there as many Canadians as in past years?

Morro Bay California gets very few Canadians, in 2 months we have seen maybe 20 different Canadian licence plates. Most of the RVers are from interior California cities or the odd surrounding state. The weather was very warm this year, highs of close to 75 and lows of around 55. Sunny 99% of the time. The price hasn't changed much, $700 US a month all inclusive. For the local Rvers this is one of their all time favorite parks.

Kelsi: We went just south of Santa Rosa and then cut over to Napa using some secondary road on our trip down. We weren't blogging then so I don't have detailed info available here.There weren't all that many places to stay in Northern California that I could find though. One night we ended up in some park at the bottom of a steep grade all shrouded in fog which was a normal occurrence for us on that trip. I was surprised to see your nice pics from your last venture through the area.

If you are taking this route and want to avoid a good hill climb between Orick and Klamath, CA - take the Newton B. Drury Parkway. This is where we take our pics inside the BIG redwoods.
No good stopping spots with a motorhome or 5th wheel, but there are many pullovers for cars or trucks, hiking trails and lots of Elk if you're lucky.

Last night we were on 101 just south of the California/Oregon border, at Smith River, we saw a gas station with cheap gas, $2.78 gallon and filled up. It was a native station and the fellow said because we bought gas we could park behind the casino overnite free. it was getting late and we looked behind the casino and it was very nice and secure. We parked there and I said to my wife we should check out the casino restaurant. The whole casino and resort was beautiful, clean, westcoast native style, with smoking and non smoking areas. We ate in the high end style restaurant and had a delicious reasonably priced gourmet meal. We would highly recommend going there. (we do not gamble) It is called Lucky 7, on the East side of the highway.

Thanks Mr P,
I'll tuck that little tidbit away for future trips down the 101.

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