I'm in the middle of planning my long sumemr tour. I have given notice at my job, have most of my gear in order, and I am looking at route possibilities.
The route I am currently looking at would take me into LA by plane from Toronto. I'd then ride up 101 to BC, and head east on the trans canada back to my home, with no scheduling issues so I can take as long as I like.
I picked up the Spring & Kirkendall book, and find it quite interesting, if not a little cheesy. However I did not really think through that the book was written as 'A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico'. Everything is backwards! It took me a while to even find where I was planning to start from.
Anyways aside from that, I have been doing more reading about this route and it seems that 95% of people do it north to south due in part to:
prevailing winds coming from north to south
wider shoulders on west side of roads
more touring cyclists heading south
more convenient for most americans
I'd really prefer to do the route south to north, so are these concerns justified? I don't buy much into prevailing winds, but I don't want to get hammered out there forcing me to do brutally hard but short days. I also am a big fan of shoulders but I can deal with bad traffic if I have to, I just really prefer not to. It would be nice to meet more cyclists heading south, and I'd assume cars heading south would be more aware of cyclists than traffic heading north, but then again, car traffic might be heavier going south as well.
The coast is really what I'm looking forward to most on this trip and I want to be able to really enjoy it. Is it worth rejigging my trip so that I can do the coast heading south? Thanks!