I am planning on cycling from Civic Center in SF to Downtown Santa Cruz next Thursday. I've looked through a bunch of old threads but really haven't found what I am looking for.

Any route suggestions?

I am thinking about taking the 1 to Tunitas Creek and then get on Skyline and hit some roads near highway 9. I'll be traveling relatively light and will be on my cyclocross bike so would love to get on some dirt. I do want to spend a little time on 1 since I've never ridden it before but the majority could be through backroads.

Any help would be much appreciated!