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North eastern California is split into two regions, the northern edges of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and north of that is a relatively flat volcanic plain extending to the Oregon border but punctuated by two massive mountains, Mt Lassen which is still active last erupting in 1911 and further north Mt Shasta which rises 14000 vertical feet above the valley floor.

Far Northern California is defined by wide open spaces and long straight roads. Bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east and Interstate 5 to the west, There are several very fun roads and sites to take in, just without the high concentration of mountains that its northwestern neighbor contains. And these destinations can be separated by long tracts of straight road, but without the rain shadow that eastern Oregon has. The region is very remote and very few people,  which makes for excellent riding conditions. At the very north eastern corner of California is one of the most unknown sites, Lava Beds National Monument  and Glass Mountain which most have never heard of. McArthur-Burney Falls and Mt Lassen are must-see destinations.

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Tim Mayhew has devoted nearly 30 years to photographing and writing about California roads. His tireless efforts on the California Motorcycle Roads web site have spread across the globe becoming the encyclopedic guidebook for motorcycle travel in California. As of 2020, Tim has been designing & leading professional motorcycle tours across California, Oregon & Nevada for the last 17 years.
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Dear Pashnite, the 1999-era California Motorcycle Roads you have used for the last 20 years to plan your rides has been retired.

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Two decades later, it's time to rebuild. A lot of work will go into building a site like this from scratch. It will take time. Thousands of hours, years actually. I think only a crazy person would attempt a project like this. Which is why there is no equal. The original CMR had 300 webpages of roads, 600 pages of text, thousands of photos, tens of thousands of links and was made up of 241,148 files. I would like to double that. It will take time to rebuild this site. I appreciate your support over the last 20 years. Hundreds more road pages are coming.  -Tim


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