Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Route Planning

Route Planning Where to go, when, what are the interesting places to see
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 7 Dec 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Tofino, BC
Posts: 4
Tofino, BC to Baja, Mexico in January?

Hi,

Does anyone have any experience traveling the coast from BC down in the winter? I was thinking of taking the Ferry from Victoria to Seattle and making my way south from there. Are any of the roads impassible via Motorbike at this time of year? I'm not to concerned about rain and cold weather, more just road conditions (ice and snow) at this time of year.

Thank you!!

Kiel
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 8 Dec 2010
Grant Johnson's Avatar
HU Founder
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 1997
Location: Vancouver BC Canada
Posts: 4,568
It's been a long time, but as I recall, once past Grants Pass, Oregon, you're probably fine. The pass is at some altitude and is only occasionally snowy but it's cold in the winter, so ice can be a problem.

To get there from Victoria, it's just watch for a good weather window and go for it!
__________________
Grant Johnson

Seek, and ye shall find.

------------------------

Inspiring, Informing and Connecting travellers since 1997!
www.HorizonsUnlimited.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 8 Dec 2010
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: bellingham, WA, USA
Posts: 1,984
Ice and snow is always a possibility that time of year until into the Sacramento Valley lowlands in California. Keep an eye on the Weather Channel every night and learn to ask at gas stops along the way. The coastal route (US 101) is far less icy than the Interstate 5, but both are susceptible, so be prepared to wait it out if the weather gets stormy.

Two days riding in good weather, pushing steadily, will take you through the icy sections, longer on the coastal highways.

Hope that helps.

Mark
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 8 Dec 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Tofino, BC
Posts: 4
Awesome! Thanks for responding guys. I'll definitely be checking the weather channel lots these next couple weeks!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 8 Dec 2010
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: bellingham, WA, USA
Posts: 1,984
You're welcome. For clarity, two days hard riding on I-5 will have you in the warmer Sacramento drainage; probably twice as long if following the coast (which is, however, far prettier).

enjoy,

Mark
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 9 Dec 2010
Scrabblebiker's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Posts: 222
I rode down in early March and had to head towards the coast just south of Eugene since Siskyu Pass was well below the freezing level. When I passed the last "escape route" near Eureka there were all kinds of flashing signs warning of snow and winter conditions on that particular route from the I-5. So snow and ice are a definite possibility as others have suggested. I would personally stick to the coast or pick a good weather window to do it. The first highway leading to the coast, after Eugene, is apparently the one with the least elevation and the one I used myself when the weather turned bad.

You'll have to also worry about Highway 4 from Tofino, as you probably already know, as well as areas such as the Malahat. But that's usually gone within a day or so if it does snow.

Also, there is no ferry to Seattle from Victoria, aside from the foot passenger only Victoria Clipper. The Coho (Blackball) goes from basically downtown Victoria to Port Angeles. From there you can follow Highway 101 to Olympia (It was perilously close to experiencing snow and ice when I went) or immediately head to the coast via Long Beach, Astoria OR, etc.

Have fun!!


...Michelle
www.scrabblebiker.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 9 Dec 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Tofino, BC
Posts: 4
Thank You!

This really helps a lot! Thanks for informing me about the ferry Scrabblebiker! I think I'm planning on driving most of the trip along the coast and staying off the I5 anyways just because It's a nicer trip. So looks like I'll be heading straight there on the 101 from Port Angeles or maybe hit Eugene first. Thanks for all the input everyone!

Kiel
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 29 Dec 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kelowna
Posts: 12
We will be leaving the Olympia Wash. area on January 11th.
Riding the coastal highway down to San Diago.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mexico central and south america january 09 seanone Travellers Seeking Travellers 4 3 Nov 2008 16:55
Seattle to Baja in January?!? ozaround North America 6 24 Sep 2008 22:01
Mexico End Of January moderndaydrifter Travellers Seeking Travellers 3 18 Feb 2008 02:38
Baja to Brazil January 2003 motolucien Travellers Seeking Travellers 1 13 Dec 2002 08:30
Mexico for a month in January 2002 chuck Travellers Seeking Travellers 0 16 Nov 2001 23:14

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:35.