Theres the Rock store.. biker, yuppie, people with monkeys and lipstick in LA. I did some riding in those hills when I lived in Simi. 30354 Mulholland Hwy, Cornell, CA 91301 Home - The Rock Store
An option to hit some decent back roads in So-call, get off the 101 at Ventura on to the 33N. Go through Ojai (cool little town). Stay on the 33N to Mckittick. Then take the 58W. The 58 is a great road.
That'll take you from coastal green, to low mountain, to desert, back to coast. The 33 south of Mckittrick is lack luster.. oil rigs, if i remember, but it get you there.
I think that ride is worth missing that part of the coast, but I've seen it too many times.. Someone else chime in.
If I remember right, there's a seal beach in San simeon, cool for a good leg stretcher.
Like mentioned up top, the 1 between Cambria and Big sure is a parking lot. Plan on it.. Use the pull outs to capture those views. Cool bridges.
Theres a restaurant in Big Surr with a hell of a view.. Its the only one.. They know it too......
I reread you post and for some reason thought you were flying into San Fran... Reading Righting and Rithmatic...