My wife and I will be visiting Monterey for a conference/vacation from May 16-24. We would love to rent a couple of road bikes and do a scenic ride or two while we are there. We are flatlanders from Texas, so would prefer nothing with any significant climbing, but some rolling hills would be ok. I have seen some routes that go south from Monterey to Carmel, but the area appears fairly builtup and developed on google earth. If we do a 30 mile ride south out of Monterey, and we going to be fighting traffic/joggers for most of it, or are there some open roads that are safe to ride on that are worth riding at that distance? I would prefer not to have to rent a bike rack and drive the bikes to a start point, but if that is what it will take to get to somewhere worth riding, don't hesitate to say so. We are staying at the Portola hotel near the convention center if that helps with any recommendations.
Also, any recommendations for scenic hiking areas that would be safe for my wife to hike by herself while I am at the conference?
Thanks for any ideas!