I'm organizing a century ride from the Irvine Amtrak station to San Diego; we'll be taking the train up in the morning and riding back down south this Memorial Day weekend. I've put together a route that pieces a fragment used on the Tour of Long Beach Century (Cruz Gran Fondo) and then leading back down the coast out of Laguna Niguel. CCC Century Route Option #2 in Irvine, CA | MapMyRide
Now, one the popular Irvine to SD century is the one that OC Wheelmen do, and their route stays inland up until Dana Point, and then both my route and the OCW route are pretty similar. Cycling: Amtrak Century ? TourOfCalifornia.org
Is there anything I should know about the Coast Hwy out of Laguna Niguel down to Dana Point, as shown on the route I created above? Which route is better? I have not (and probably will not) had a chance to do a recon ride due to the heat and recent fires. Your feedback is much appreciated!