Fun in LA
Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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Santa Monica Pier has some interesting attractions, a trapeze school and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Store, among them. It was a crisp sunny morning when we walked along Muscle Beach and the Pier. The amusement park section was not open until later in the day and evening, so we couldn't ride the Ferris wheel to overlook the long wide beach, as I would have liked.
The 'Amazing LA Tours' bus picked us up from our hotel. Our tour guide, Charlie Farrell, was the most amazing tour guide we’ve ever had. He truly loved his job and, being an 'out-of-work-actor’, knew and loved everything Hollywood. He had us answering quizzes about movies, movie stars and locations, and he was a mine of information about the stars, their lives and their homes. It was supposed to be a four hour tour but took 5 hours, just so Charlie could cram everything in, I’m sure
The bus took us to Mulholland Drive to see the Hollywood sign and some of the stars’ retreats, Universal Studios, Hollywood Bowl, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard and many other places we’ve all heard about on television, just for a peak. (Didn’t see Dr Rey’s Surgery or LA Ink tattoo shop)
In the evening, our daughter, Harmony’s good friend (and ours), Mona, picked us up for dinner at a topless restaurant, (or that was what I thought she said). Turns out it was a tapas restaurant. It means you get lots of little dishes of food which you share. It was lovely, the food was good. Mona’s friend Lydia joined us after she’d finished her shift, she’s a nurse in pediatrics. Lydia has also travelled a great deal, as has Mona, and they were both interested in our trip so far. I tried to talk them into coming to Australia (again, in Mona’s case) and think I may have succeeded. They’re both lovely girls. Mona couldn’t believe my motorbike and had her picture taken on it. She’s pretty tiny, so her feet couldn’t reach the ground. It was a great evening and we all had lots of laughs and enjoyed ourselves. It’s wonderful to have friends all over the world
Oh, what a shame to leave that gorgeous bed. I wanted to buy a trailer for the bike and tow it with me, but Des wouldn’t hear of it, he was tempted too though!
I pulled my winter riding jacket out of my roll bag, and my scarf. Now that we are travelling further north, there is a noticeable difference in the temperature and, with everyday, it is getting colder. We are travelling towards the summer months though, so hopefully, it will balance out a bit.
We took the 101 and the 1 highways to hug the coast and get as much out of the ride as we could. It was very scenic. At one stage we passed a beach area which had been especially designated for motor homes, big parking bays which ran parallel with the road, and wide turnouts. They were all parked along the very shore line of the coast and had the best views. The travelers were seated outside their wagons on deck chairs with gas log fires, US flags on flagpoles and satellite dishes. It seemed a bit surreal to us as they were virtually camped along a fairly busy road, but it didn’t seem to bother them
We stopped at a supermarket in Pismo Beach for a few supplies, and so I could prepare a home cooked meal in our motel room. The Oceano Inn at Pismo Beach, was close to the beach so we checked in, and turned the heater up high to get the chill out of the room and our bones. It didn’t take long to do either. I made a lovely lunch with all the things we’re familiar with, ham, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and onion, all on fresh buttermilk bread. We’ve had some pretty strange food on the road, it’s nice to have something like we have at home. Generally speaking, the food in the USA is like ours, but if it has that Mexican influence, look out!