It doesn't get much better than this

Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
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Trip End Oct 07, 2012


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Where I stayed
Just outside Monterey and Lompoc
What I did
The track at Leguna Seca

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

17/9/12

I got up with heavy heart, although as much as I love it here I need to move on, so I get up and leave Brian and Maria's place and head out of San Francisco. I am on my way to Monterey, I so hope it is warmer but we will see.  I arrive in Monterey some 3 hours later and in so need of a rest so I check into the hotel and don’t move.

I have found the Leguna Race track and is on the way, I emailed the track and asked if I could visit, and got an email back straight away saying the souvenir shop would be open as would the track and they would welcome me.

18/9/12

Time to leave Monterey and head to Lompoc California, Have plumbed in the Leguna Seca track and I am hoping it’s not too far out of my way.  To be honest I don’t care if it is as I have wanted to see this track for so long, one particular bend – the corkscrew as I have seen this bend on tv and never in my life thought I would see it.  I find it and it is so out of the way you would probably miss it.  The track is a bit like Phillip Island.  How they do traffic here on a race weekend is not even worth thinking about, it is one road in and out so would be a nightmare!

Anyway I find the entrance and head in first off I go to the shop, and the girl there could not be more helpful she even shows me sale items for the motoGP oh yay, a t-shirt at a third of the price, and a hat!! Go me eh?

Well, i have met an English couple who also want to go to the 'Corkscrew’ they leave and I shortly follow.  What can I say OH MY GOD, it is the most amazing bend I have ever seen and to make things better we have a formula 3 race on, so watching these guys come over the hill is (I know second best but) quite amazing.  I meet the English couple and we take photos of each other and walk back down the hill talking of racing and so much in common, lovely people.  They are travelling in a mustang convertible and offer me a drive in it, but I decline, I tell them that it is plastic and not like my ’65 at home and we laugh, we talk about my baby mussy and his mate who has emigrated to Tassie with a ’68 fast back.   They give me a magazine with car shows advertised in California as they are heading north to San Francisco.  What a lovely couple, I have been so lucky meeting such wonderful people.  The guy was telling me his father was a mechanic and did a heap of stuff in the 70’s with motorcycles and has a life size photo of him when he was a kid with BARRY SHEENE, he said he had no idea what a great photo it was until later years, his father, apparently, helped Barry Sheene’s Dad with the motorcycle, unreal the people you meet.

Left Leguna Seca.   I have to say if you ever want to see a GP in USA come here the track is so much better than Indianapolis. 

Drove to Lompac, some 13 miles from the coast, a lovely road great views and only a few white knuckle drops.  Not a much happening town but some kids on the street playing drums trying to raise money for their school, wonderful sound, went out to check out, they were so good, they have a deal with a local pizza place – every pizza sold give half the money to the school. They asked me to go and get a pizza, told them I don’t eat pizza so gave them money instead, they were so stoked.  Lovely kids and their coach chatted to me for ages.  Got to love America eh?

19/9/12

Decide I’ll head out to the coast before I leave Lompoc, so I take the drive out only to find that the road is shut and the only way onto the beach is over the railway lines and the beach is closed until the end of September because the Plover (a bird) is nesting and they are trying to protect it, so pleased to see the authorities taking notice and doing the right thing.  The bit that did amaze me was the railway line, which is a passenger line (the Amtrak) goes all along the coast, what stunning views you must get.

I leave Lompoc and start the journey down to Anaheim, south of LA.  The road goes along the coast and I stop a couple of times to take photos, rather reminded me of a couple of places in Australia, some of it looked like the coast along the Nullabor, and quite a lot reminded me of the Great Ocean Road, with small towns dotted along the coastline, quite breathtaking in places.  Undulating hills and sheer drops with no barriers, I wonder why and move to the next lane, way too close to the edge for me!

I leave the coast and get nearer to LA, my goodness 12 and 14 lane freeways that actually came to a stop, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much traffic!  I thought I was making good time until I hit the traffic of LA, wow is all I can say, it took nearly 2 hours to travel only 70 k’s.   Have to say though that most of the drivers are very courteous although there are some really MAD ones around.

So have arrived at the hotel, and it’s not the best and not the worst but the people are lovely and the room is clean, which is good.  Only 10 minutes from where my dear friend Floss and her sister Nicky will be, and just a short walk to Disneyland, which we will go to.  Like Elvis and Memphis it’s not really my scene, but have to do it, and you never know I might quite enjoy it.

Watch this space.
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Comments

KasnSqueak on

I am so freakin jealous right now :).....

Mal on

Don't be jealous squeak, i'm doing it for all of us, it was terrific

Kas on

Yes you did it for all of us who watch it at home. Thanks Mal lovely coastal shots too. What a finale. xoxox

Sandy on

Hi Mal. Have been so busy at work have not had time to read blogs properly, but am loving it.

Alcatraz sounded fascinating. You most likely have seen the cells at Freo well it certainly wasn't made for luxury.

Look forward to hearing more.

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