ROAD TRIP: VENTURA TO LOS ANGELES

Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
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Trip End Jun 28, 2013


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Camarillo Premium Outlets
Neptune's Net, Malibu
Malibu, CA

Flag of United States  , California
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Despite my long drive yesterday and late night, I was up early again and getting myself organised. I had decided that since I was only about 70 miles out of Los Angeles, I might check out a factory outlet mall, 10 minutes south of Ventura.

I checked out of my motel and headed for the Camarillo Premium Outlets and arrived not long after they opened. It was a pretty decent sized open mall and it was nice and quiet at this time which suited me. There were some big name brands represented like Adidas, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Converse, Gap, Hugo Boss, Hurley, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Levis, Nike, Oakley, Bose, Puma, Reebok, Saks on 5th Ave, True Religion, Skechers and lots more.

I was only about 5 shops in before I nailed my first purchase. It was at the VANS outlet and I got me a couple of pairs of shoes for US $64. Bargain ! Gotta love shoe shopping over here.

Happy with my first bargain, I carried on and managed to score a leather belt, a Hurley casual shirt, a Gap t-shirt and a pair of Adidas Runners before I got out of there. So, all in all, a pretty successful day.

I didn't end up leaving until about 3.30pm by which time the mall was bloody busy. I pointed the Camaro east to get back on to the Pacific Coast highway for the last leg of my journey south to Los Angeles.

More amazing coastline and views greeted me although this bit was a lot more inhabited compared to what I had seen yesterday. There was a steady stream of beaches all the way down the coast with loads of people swimming, surfing and having an all round good time.

I stopped off at a place called 'Neptune's Net' for a very late lunch. After having to queue for a carpark because it was so popular, I grabbed a beer and ordered some fresh fish and chips.
There was a great atmosphere at this coastal diner which looks out over the northern Malibu coastline. There was also an interesting cross section of people dining from tourists to bikers to locals.

After my lunch, I headed directly across the road to watch some of the surfers in action. All of a sudden, a couple of bikers from Neptune's Net started doing wheelies up and down the highway while being cheered on by the patrons and anyone else who cared to watch. Obviously there were no cops about as they were pretty cocky. It was just bit of fun though and the only people likely to get hurt if things went tits-up were the bikers.

I jumped back in the car and continued my ride south through beautiful Malibu and the surrounding beaches. There were some awesome mansions on the surrounding hills and beach houses on the beach fronts.

I passed through Santa Monica and turned off the Pacific Coast Highway for the final time and on to the interstate for my final run to my pre-booked hotel at Los Angeles International Airport. I checked into my hotel and dropped off my bags, before heading to the Hertz depot just around the corner. Sadly, it was time to say goodbye to the Camaro. Awesome car but apparently Hertz wanted it back. Wankers !

I walked back and grabbed a feed at Denny's, which was the restaurant based in my hotel. I then headed back to my room and did a bit of blogging before turning in for my final night alone. My gorgeous girls were arriving tomorrow at 7.30am. It is hard to believe it has been two and a half months since I waved goodbye at Auckland International Airport. Can't wait to see them.

Over and out !
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