From Humboldt, we took the turn coast-ward at Leggett to take the Lost Highway (#1, aka the "Shoreline Route"). A highway which turned out to be less "lost" than "insane"; doing it's best to emulate nothing so much as a narrow, guardrail-less roller coaster. Made even more entertaining by the presence of random delusional cyclists competing for the limited pan-space with enormous RVs towing full-sized pick-up trucks.
We took a short break to appreciate the views at Juan Creek where Highway 1 abruptly emerges from the redwoods onto the coast, before continuing past fields full of cattle and sheep enjoying million-dollar views.
A longer break in Mendocino had us checking out the tourism bureau/museum, picking up groceries and strolling past cool houses we could picture ourselves living quite happily in.
After the fourth delay for bridge repair, we decided to call in quits at Manchester Beach and try our first experience with a KOA. Verdict: good (B loved the rental go carts) but expensive.