I'm planning a trip to the US in 2009 for my 40th birthday (I like to plan ahead and I need to save up) and want to hire a bike for a couple of weeks, followed by a few days sightseeing in SF.
As the missus will be onthe back and I'll probably hire a full dress tourer to keep her happy, I want to restrict daily mileage to 200-300 miles i.e. plenty of time for photo stops and leisurely lunches.
Can anyone recommend any good routes, nice towns for overnight stops and great sights which would form a loop from SF?
I love mountains and spectacular scenery, but aren't too keen on long straight roads and excessive temperatures.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received