New here, just signed up for a membership, all in advance of a 2-week trip from San Francisco, CA to Portland, OR, which will be the maiden voyage for my new Bruce Gordon! :-)
My father lives in France (southwest, not too far from Bordeaux), and the last two years, when visiting him, I've been using a bike I bought there and left with him to take a weeklong tour. This has been reasonably light credit-card touring, just rear Ortlieb panniers pretty much; I pick a set of towns I want to stop at based on interest and mileage, make reservations at B&Bs or hotels, and set out. I plan my route generally, and when on the road use a combination of paper maps and Google Maps on my phone, as well as simply following a general directional path based on compass points and road signs, to get to my destinations. There's always 3 or 4 or more different ways to get to the same place usually, as the French countryside is crisscrossed by a lattice of tiny farm roads (paved and unpaved), tracks through fields, minor highways, bike paths, etc. It's pretty wonderful in that way.
In about 3 weeks I'm going to start up the coast from San Francisco to Portland, and I am wondering how different of an experience I can expect from touring in Europe. I'm expecting far fewer ways to get to the same place, a lot more cars on the roads, more empty spaces/fewer towns along the way, etc. I'm hoping I can mostly camp in hiker/biker campgrounds or stay in inexpensive motels along the way, but am wondering what kind of planning I might need to do for accommodation.
For those of you who have done both touring in Europe and touring in the US, what kinds of differences have you noticed that it might be good for me to be aware of? All suggestions welcome, thanks!