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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-01-2019, 04:58 PM
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If you plan on being in the LA or Bay Area, you will see that there is a web of freeways. Staying in the far right lane would mean you have to cross over a few lanes of traffic if you want to continue on the same freeway or you'd be forced onto another one. The traffic would be going at least 20 mph faster than you so you would be creating a hell of a mess crossing their path. Even going the posted speed limit for all other traffic, you will find yourself being passed by cops and people pulling boats. Yes, there is a speed limit but it is seldom enforced. They used to have special lanes for vehicles that had two or more passenger. I used to feel safe in these lanes when riding a bike because they were the only lanes people couldn't dart in and out of. However, my son who lives in the Bay Area says that they are making those toll lanes. You can bet your ass they will enforce that one. As Joe says, there are a ton of things to see all over California as long as mudslides and forest fires don't prevent you from getting to them. ;-)
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Originally Posted by AZgl1800 View Post
nothing pretty about San Francisco anymore.
the streets are full of migrants in tents, cardboard boxes, and filth ( human waste ) and trash everywhere.....

My son had to do a job there on a 3 week TDY recently, he sent me back pictures of all that I mentioned.... it is NOT the place that I visited in 1992.

stay away from there.

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I appreciate the insight, experience and advice provided. Sounds like a lot less of a vacation and more like a stressful endurance run. I think we'll pop in from the north border to the redwoods and then sneak back out that way. My last trip was to SF 6 years ago, that was to be at UCSF hospital and none of that trip was enjoyable. Once I'm actually retired and have nothing but time on my hands I can waste it at 55 but on the back roads and trailer whatever I want and not risk getting rear ended or worse. It was bad on I-80 years ago but I want incumbered by a trailer. All in all probably a better reason to change destinations. Thanks all

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Like anything else- ride reasonably and don't draw attention to yourself / rig and you'll be fine. Cops have a lot more to sweat than chasing down bikes w/ trailers. The best roads probably don't have more than 2 lanes each direction any way- (or less) so find the secondary roads and enjoy California. The options and views are endless .

P.S.- hit Alice's Restaurant on skyline (CA 35) if you make it the bay area. then head down through Big Basin to the coast.
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I travel to southern California regularly pulling my Bushtec trailer. I've never had a problem exceeding that 55 limit. While on the interstates I generally keep it around 70 + . Most of the big trailer pulling trucks are at 65+ so really I'm just going with the flow of traffic. On secondary roads (posted 55) I try to keep it around 60, that is if I think there is a possibility of a CHP sneaking around. I have had CHPs pass me up on the interstate when I was at 70 they didn't even look at me. So good luck and don't worry about it.......
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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-03-2019, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Chewman View Post
Also, motorcycles are permitted to "split lanes" as long as you don't exceed 10 mph faster than the prevailing traffic...

There's no speed limit for splitting lanes in CA... it's up to the officer to decide if you're "Safe" or not.
In practice, CHP on bikes routinely splits lanes MUCH much Much faster than this (relative speed vs surrounding traffic)... 40 mph (relative excess) is not uncommon.
Which is to say, that CHP will not cite you for your speed while splitting lanes ...rather, they will blow your doors off as they pass.

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