I'm gearing up for my Pacific Coast tour - which will be my first significant tour ever - in September. I'll be going from Portland to San Francisco over 2 weeks and I can't wait. In getting ready for it and making sure I have all I need to pull off fully self-supported touring, I was planning on taking the upcoming 3 day weekend and heading off for a mini-tour.
I live in San Francisco so I was thinking about something like Santa Cruz or Monterrey... or even Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
Either way, my question is this: That weekend will be Labor Day Weekend, which is traditionally a heavy road-trip and even camping weekend for Americans. Will I be able to find hiker/biker sites with availability? I worry that my first test of my gear and first taste of touring life will be met with full campsites and some kinda weird stealth-camping behind the 7-11 experience.
Does anyone here know how widely available hiker/biker sites are around those areas and is there anything I need to do other than roll up and hope for the best?