Bummer that slides closed Hwy 1 again. It has been a couple years, so I guess we were due. If you have time, doubling back from the north to see Big Sur is worth it.
Naciamento Rd. to Hwy 25 would be sweet, though. The little restaurant in Tres Pinos has some awsome gourmet food , or the Super Taqueria in Hollister (across from Kmart) has the best taco truck style tacos I've ever had for cheap prices.