I'm planning on biking the pacific coast from San Diego to Vancouver but after doing some research, it seems nearly everyone goes south, not north, from Vancouver to San Diego. I hear that in summer I would be facing headwinds the whole way and that the shoulder on the east side of the road is less wide than the coastal side.
Is this true? The whole time I've been imagining this I've been imagining starting in San Diego. I thought this would be perfect as the stretch between San Diego and LA is fairly flat so I would have time to acclimate. Further, I really don't like San Diego or LA so I could spend a lot of time just camping and focusing on the bike trip until I get to San Francisco where I'd like to spend a few days exploring. I want to explore Vancouver as well, but if I flew there I would just want to start my bike trip immediately. And then Seattle is only a couple days ride from Vancouver... And Portland only a couple more days... I want to see all of the major Northwestern cities, but not in the first couple weeks of my ride.
Would it seriously negatively affect my tour if I started in San Diego instead of Vancouver? I need to fly one part of the way regardless so I can fly out to start, but it's just not what I was expecting.
What do you all suggest?