I'll be taking an impromptu bike tour, solo, from San Francisco to Palm Springs, at the end of october for a Festival at the Polo Grounds in Palm Springs. I've never embarked on such an ambitious journey, although i have conquered streets as a bike messenger for quite a while, the longest i've ever ridden has been about 90 miles in one day. I figure i'll try for at least 80 miles per day, and it should take about 7 days to get there.
I'm figuring i'll take (or parallel) the 1 all the way down to San Luis Obispo. At that point i'm wondering if i should continue south thru Santa Barbara and cut east from there just south of the Los Padres Forest? Or, should i go around the north side of the Los Padres?
Also, what kind of temps/climate will i be lookat at once i cut east from the coast? Will i be burning up in the desert?
Thanks for any and all advice and suggestions.