We just did the trip from the Bay Area to the Olympic Peninsula and around, what a beautiful route. In Northern Ca and Oregon those bike riders, sharing the road, are scary at times if you meet up with them at the wrong time. It really bugs when their riding together and trying to have a conversation next to each other. Much of the real scenic areas, ocean cliffs and mountain sides don’t have bike lanes and it can get tight especially when I want to see the view at the same time too.
More dangerous than the bikers are the elk by the National Red Wood Park and more than the elk are the tourist that stop in the middle of the road on blind corners. These elk are magnificent and I believe the herds cross the HWY every day, at least while we were there.
You should really take the scenic cutoff at Redwood National Park, exit 753(from south to north) Newton B Drury Scenic Pkwy, its through the park, its only 35mph but we never got over 25mph because of the beauty(we did it 5 times ). The park ranges will tell you that it cuts off a large grade, saves fuel and time. It never saved us time do to stopping each time through to take pictures.
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