Originally Posted by jraugie1
I would change the SoCal route completely. PCH and HWY1 sucks once you hit Long Beach and head North. I would go Rt74 in San Juan Capistrano to Elsinore, have a meal at the Lookout, then up Rt 15 past Ontario, CA to HWY2 West. This is the Angeles Crest HWY and eventually you end up north of LA. near Rt 5/118. Then head due west back towards the coast and back to the coastal beauty all the way to NorCal. It will take longer but so what, at least you will be moving and seeing the mountains, some high desert and then the coast.
All I can say is... 'traffic'.
If you're starting in Palm Springs then I would avoid LA all together unless there's something in particular that you want to see. 20 million peeps in the LA basin.
Ride in on the 10 and take it all the way to the beach, start there, north on PCH thru Malibu. It's all freeway from Palm Springs through LA, all kinda boring, with the mountains and canyons being a lot more entertaining. Some routes to look up as you work your way north from there...
Frazier Park to Pine Mt. Club
33 out of Ojai
154 out of Santa Barbara
Out of Paso Robles through the Naciemento Lake area
Then take the 1 north through Big Surr, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz.