This is where I'm puzzled. Why would ACA specify Hwy 1 from Pismo Beach to Gaviota pass? 101 is a freeway with two lanes each direction, and a center median so oposing traffic will never cross into your lane to pass. It is far more attractive than Hwy 1, safer, shorter, and has very wide shoulders in excellent condition. The ACA route through that portion often has no shoulder at all, and has a lot of bumps from dirt blobs mashed down by farm equipment. Parts of it are just plain ugly. Even though it's closer to the ocean, it's still too far inland to see the ocean through that portion. Is it that the wind is better on 1 since it's closer to the ocean? Or did a lot of people just assume that it must be better because it's not a freeway and they wouldn't even try the freeway? I think 101 would be far better, and I have ridden it from a little north of Buellton to Ventura (then Hwy 1 the rest of the way to San Diego). So what's the scoop?