Enjoy the ride the Pacific Coast highway is one of the best in the whole USA.
There were points where the wind comes all the way from Japan and can make you wonder what bear just jumped on the back. If you are going South it may be better, I did S to N.
My blog is at www.GraceHighWay.WordPress.com
I did 11,ooo miles around the country.
Practical advice? I had my backpack with tent, sleeping bag, etc behind me and it was so comfortable to lean back on. Although a lady to rub your neck would be better.
Stellar spots to stop or camp, Pacific Grove has public campground for $10 a night, Point Lobo is the most beautiful state park and they have a great list of camp sites. big sur books up hope you have a reservation, I really liked the southern part San Luis Obisbo The Madonna Inn! The camp grounds at Pismo Beach. The state parks have an online booking system now.
Honestly with another person on board and a lady I would enjoy roughing it on the road and sleep at a motel 6 for the same price as most camp grounds, safe, clean, AC, and a shower! Then you can really enjoy the trip two up. I saw people all over the country pulling carts and in my opinion why ride a bike at all if you are going to have 4 wheels down?
After a long day of ridding the last thing you are going to really enjoy is setting up camp.
I hope it all works out and you enjoy it.
Here is my final bit of wisdom.
Ladies like to talk about how you are roughing it, while sipping wine in the hot tub at night.