Used to ride it all the time when I lived down there. By all means, if you're looking for a fun ride and not to just make a lot of miles in a day, take it! Riding the freeways on the LA side of the mountains just sucks eggs unless you like crowds, smog, heavy traffic, and a-hole drivers all around you. Riding the desert highways north of the mountains is nice and you'll make a few more miles in the same amount of time, but you will have already had a lot of that kind of riding further east, probably enough to last you for a lot of years. So if it were me it would be Hwy 2 for sure!