Currently, I am in the Temecula, CA area, riding (mostly) southeast of there: Mt. Palomar area and the canyons from Palm Desert and Borrego Springs to hwy 79, and the Hemet pass to Mountain Center. Hope to ride from Pine Cone to Banning if the snow has melted.It’s cold here this year, so riding is limited to the nicer days.
In mid-April we head to Malibu, CA for 2- weeks to ride the canyons above the Pacific. This is an area I ride annually and it is spectacular (during the weekdays. Too much traffic on the weekends).
Then onto San Jose and Mount Mitchell for a few days.
Then over towards the coast to Castonooga (Pescadero area, N. Of Santa Cruz), to ride the canyons East of the Pacific and West of San Jose. I have 2-weeks here and these roads are great!
August takes me to Red Lodge, MT. for 2-weeks to ride the Red Lodge pass and Chief Joseph. This is noted to be the best motorcycle road in North America, and I think it is. Check this road out on your maps; it is truly incredible.
From there to South Dakota and Custer State Park for 2-weeks of riding. This is the best part of SD, and great riding. I think we arrive a couple of weeks after Sturgis, so hopefully traffic will be ok.
Then onto Colorado: Pikes Peak, and other roads I have not ridden yet. I spent 2-3 weeks in CO. last year and just touched on the roads; which were excellent.
Then we head East: The Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, etc.
From here I have no plans for next winter. But, will probably try to get back up into the Carolinas and North into the Appalachian’s. I know there are plenty of members in this part of the world and the riding is amongst the best in the country. I spent 2- months in 2021 riding between Franklin, NC and NY in the Appalachian’s and look forward to doing it again.
Ahhh, N. America with an RNT and no schedule.
Yesterday, I rode from Aguanga, CA (Temecula area) to Banning, CA and then back. It was about 150 miles RT through some of the best roads in this area (Indeed, all of N. America). Started at 2,200 feet elevation, going through snow at 6,300 feet, and then back to 2,200 feet. Below is the route via Google Maps.
This route (Basically) starts from Hwy 79 and the Sage Road (R3) traveling N. towards Hemet, CA. This road is great! Lots of curves, good pavement, and little traffic. It has flooded a lot here lately, and you have to watch for bisecting roads (mostly driveways) that are made of soil. The native soil here is mostly sand and it has washed down with the rain and much of it is on the road: Beware!
The route through Hemet and Valle Vista is just city traffic, stop lights, and cars. But, 5-miles E of Valle Vista Hwy 74 gets really good! My original mapping showed this road was closed: but it is not. There was a flagman 3-miles outside of Valle Vista, which was good because I moved up to the front of the line and was the first up the canyon. This was the only time I have not been held up by traffic on this route, and it was glorious (re-create the map and zoom in to see the curves, etc.). This section of road goes from 1,800 feet elevation to 4,500 feet at Mountain Center; where you start to see some snow.
They sand the roads here and the snow is melting so there is a lot of water. In a few places I encountered packed snow and ice, but it was only for 10-20 feet. But, be careful if you take this route now.
Idlywild and Pine Cone (Towns) have a lot of snow, and are at 6,000-6,300 feet. It was cold, but, blue skies and sunshine.
The route NW from Pinecone, CA is down a canyon on Hwy 243 and it is spectacular! Beautiful curves and great pavement: and on a Friday, no traffic. I only had to pass 1-truck.
From Banning, reverse this route and re-do it the other direction.
So, would I do it again? Absolutely! Just be cautious and smart when you reach the higher elevations.
Snow and motorcycles are a slippery slope. Use your legs as outriggers, go slow, and no quick acceleration(s). (I have un-expectantly hit snow on 3 other occasions between Banff and Jasper, Alberta (In August) and it is not fun. The "Outrigger" trick works pretty well).
This is one of the only destinations in N. America (that I know of) where you can go from Desert to snow in less than 100 miles.