I am thinking of riding from LA to San Francisco from south to north, so opposite to the direction that everyone is riding. It just would make it timing-wise much easier for me and also think it would be a cool challenge.
I would love to hear from people who have done that route south-north direction along the Pacific coast before and if their experience with the wind has been really that bad. Obviously, the wind can slow you down, but honestly, I have ridden from LA to San Diego many times along the coast and I have experienced head-wind in both directions.
Further, I'm contemplating what route to take between Morro Bay and Carmel. Either land-inwards roughly following the 101 or the far more scenic route along the coast on the 1. I heard traffic during summer is bad on the 1, with all the tourist traffic, so I'm wondering if anyone rode that stretch north-south along the coast in summer. I am contemplating of wait till after labor day and I was wondering if folks here agree that traffic slows down considerably after labor day on the 1.
Any insights, stories, advice you can share would be appreciated. Although I'm not experienced as many other great bicycle riders here, I'm not a newbie either. I have done many centuries and I rode through the Mojave desert last year from LA to Las Vegas in full head-wind so I know what it means to ride against the wind.