Welcome aboard, Skyline drive is one of my favorite rides. You might want to try Skyline (35) down to 9 to Santa Cruz and back up the coast on 1, on a sunny day it can't be beat.
Watch out for the cops in La Honda though, they're a sneaky bunch.
bumpy and gravel don't sound like fun to me.
Im a noob to a 919, so if you decide on a more noob-friendly road (one that doesn't have bumps and gravel) then we can ride. just waitin' for the damn rain to stop