There's a plethora of charted routes in the San Diego area but there's no way I could know the difference between them. Could someone who is a local rider help me come up with a possible plan?
My thought is to ship the bike out ahead of time, fly in, reassemble it, and then spend five days doing 50-60 mile rides through the area. I've heard the north county routes are probably prettier but I'm not even sure what qualifies as "north county." I'm mostly interested in touring speeds (no hammerfests) and I'm not a climbing fanatic but not afraid of hills, either. A great touring day for me is to head out after breakfast, cruise at about 17 or 18 mph, stop frequently to take photos of gorgeous scenery or interesting stuff, clock about 50 or so miles, and be in my hotel room looking at photos by late afternoon. The routes could be hub-and-spoke routes where I'm back in the same hotel each night or they could be daisy-chained as I bounce from hotel to hotel on a multi-hundred mile loop or they could be routes far enough apart that I need a rental car to get to the starting point. I'd prefer a mix of mountain views, ocean views, and forest, if there is any. I'm flexible.
So, with that in mind, what are your top six or seven scenic touring routes through the area?
Thanks for any suggestions and pointers.