This virual tour was started months ago, but it was broken up by my tour in the Upper Peninsula and then my fundraising ride for Alzheimer's Disease. The PCH mileage was separate from these two tours totaling 1847.7 miles.
The biggest cities were in the second half of the trip: San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. As I would check these routes, I found many small towns and State Parks. I could not remember all the beaches that I saw. Many wonderful views make this a scenic trip by car or bike. Traffic would be rough in reality, even with a wide shoulder. Having traffic buzz by you all day is nerve wracking. I could see where there would be small roads to give you a break.
There were many opportunities to camp and I bet many Warmshowers hosts. I learn a lot about the economies that once boomed and some places and now are quiet. I could see lighthouses just like Michigan. There was plenty of climbing even though we were along the ocean.
I have driven several segments of this: Canon Beach in Oregon. Redwoods in California, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz to Big Sur, Santa Monica to Santa Barbara and San Diego. Riding the whole route would be very long to endure. Below are the maps from Santa Monica to Imperial Beach.
Now my virtual trip will move from San Diego east along the Southern Tier.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway