Of course, if you like being alone, this might be a drawback...
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Right. And showers were only a few quarters 10 years ago all through Oregon and Calif. For me, that's reason enough to use the campground if one is available, and along the Oregon and Calif coasts, they are very available.
Like one big pocket and complete waterproofing without added raincovers? Choose Ortileb.
Like lots of pockets to organize your stuff? Choose Arkel.
On a budget? Choose anything else.
I would that Vaude also makes quality panniers similar in design to Ortlieb.
A logistics suggestion from someone who tries to get out west every year and ships his bike: Are you going to be spending the night somewhere in Seattle? If so, you might want to consider looking for a shop that is close to where you will be staying rather than one close to where you will be landing. Seattle has a nice HI hostel in the thick of the city...Also, the hostel is about 2.0 miles from the Seattle REI. Some REI stores will receive and assemble bikes for people who are about to start tours...
If you decide to go that route, I would call sooner than later and get on the schedule. The Missoula REI wanted to have the bike in their hands at least 10 days before my arrival because it gets very busy around that time. I would also make hostel reservations early. When I stayed there in late May of '99 and '00 the place filled up. They are in a different location now, so it may be larger, but I wouldn't chance it.
Maybe rather than just look at the weather today, go back and look at the climate normals for each city/region...Also check out any stations you can find in the higher elevations (e.g., Banff or Canmore just west of Calgary) if you are looking to cross any mountains. Probably not advisable from about mid-October onwards for the northern Rockies.
I did look at the weather, but it doesn't help me well. I saw only sun and rain no snow, around 9°C. Rain like 2mm it's not that much, so anyway it give idea but nothing like real information from local.
...Its upper 40s for high temps and rain a few days. About what you can expect in Vancouver from November to February. Maybe a bit colder in Vancouver and little more snow that rain. Vancouver is on the ocean so gets the warming effect from the ocean water. Vancouver hosted the winter Olympics in 2010 so they must get some kind of winter weather.
Are you sure that's true, even in Michigan? Have you seen that policy in writing?
Anyone cycled BC much? I was hoping to check out Whistler for some downhill as well to be honest...I've done a couple of big tours (Transam, Pacific Coast) so know the day to day issues with touring but BC is really drawing me in...
PS - You can ride the Canadian Rockies staying in hostels every 30 miles/50 km.