If it were me, I'd get all the maps you need in advance, but at the very least get the maps you'll need up until getting to ACA headquarters in Missoula.
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Going into Canada and back to the U.S. is entertaining if for no other reason than to see the different levels of security at the border crosssing. The Canadian officials are friendly Dudley Do-Right, down-home people. The U.S. officials are stern, all business.
You could get the official ODOT map, which shows highways and roads, posted routes, mileage, interstate exit numbers, rest areas, cities, towns, counties, State and Federal lands, water features, parks, campgrounds, airports, lighthouses, fish hatcheries, winter recreation areas, and historic/national trails.
1) I'd like to make it a week long trip. I was thinking of starting in Crescent City and ending in San Fran (412 mi). I average without gear around 18.5mph and ride 100 miles a week. Based on that is this trip doable in 5-6 days time?
2) Best way to get gear from Atlanta, GA over to starting point. I'd like to bring my own bike. Is it better to ship it or fly it out?
3) Camping on the coast, good idea? It sounds nice, but am I going to be fighting crowds of people to get a good spot? Better to reserve a camp site or just wing it?
4) In regards to the above ^, bivy sack and a ENO hammock enough to get by? Probably a rain tarp too?
5) Outside of regular riding clothes and tools, any essential gear that you think is crucial? I was going to bring a JetBoil with for coffee and food, rain gear, and a book.
The ACA starts often starts and ends routes in small places that have no air or rail service. If you start in Yorktown, you'll probably have a similar problem ending in Florence or Astoria.
Not sure about Oregon parks, but California parks have had multiple years of budget cuts. I would suspect that many are not open yet in March - especially those further north and on the coast.
Thanks for the information. I wasn't sure if the sites were still that cheap, that is a great deal. Unfortunately the timeline is locked inas the only longer stretch I can get off work this year. At least I can hope to pedal into better weather.
The second thing is that the ride can definitely be done in 2 weeks. I was in Missoula before lunch of my 9th day.