hello everyone! me and the wifey are planning a trip to California on the bikes and are looking for some advice/ guidance. we are leaving end of may for ~10 days +/- 2days. so far, plan is to leave Calgary: -head west to Vancouver -hit Seattle -Portland -san Francisco -los Angeles -san diego -then head back home through vegas -saltlake city -then home stretch back home of course alot of stopping and site seeing. also plan on riding in and out of all the major cities to go see things like Yosemite NP, Zion NP, grand canyon, etc, etc. gonna be about ~6,000km round trip. any recommendations from people about "must see" locations. what about food? wifey loves crab, lobster, shrimp. me, i love me a good fish and chips, and burgers of course. any "must go to" joints? what about motels? we dont really care for fancy stuff, just a shower and bed really. location is irrelevant, just where would be the cheapest to stay? inside city? outskirts of city? just outside city?in between city? any one got a spare guest room? we would return the favor if you ever were to pass through our city/home. from friends and family ive been told you can find cheap spots on the coast roads but starts getting pricey in and around los Angeles/ san Francisco?. are there places we should avoid? this one is hard to research cuz the media down in the states seems to blows everything completely out of proportion. but we would rather get first hand knowledge. what about security, had a few friends go down south and told me horror stories about gangs and violence, corrupt police and alot of thefts. frankly i think they are full of shit.....but im still contemplating if i should bring protection, like pepper spray/bear spray of some kind? we got bike covers, motion sensor alarm locks, rotor locks, 2 chains, and gps trackers. is the Mulholland highway open? or still closed due to the fires? lastly, we have done many long trips before (~2,000-3,000km) but never one this long and this far away from home. any recommendations on "must bring" items? thank you for all your help and input. we greatly appreciate it! cheers from the both of us!