4 friends, 2 kids, 3 dogs and a couple of Harleys
Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
1Trip End Jul 31, 2009
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It all started with an inocent question from a couple of fellow travellers in Mendoza, Argentina - we were asked, 'have you had any trouble with travelling around, you know, missed buses, flights cancelled, boarder patrols etc?'. We answered honestly, 'no'... then it all went horribly wrong. First, a massive snow storm hit the Chilean Alps making the roads dangerous, then the boarder into Chile was closed and our bus cancelled on the day we were to leave
The actual free day we had in Santiago was nice and rain free, infact the previous day's rain had cleared the normally present smog and gave us pretty good views of the city. A meal out and a nice bottle of wine and we are all set for our onward journey to LA. The first flight from Santiago to Dallas went without a hitch, but the following connection from Dallas to LA was delayed for 2 hours due to a problem with one of the engines - only discovered once we had started taxiing for takeoff, meaning we all had to disembark and wait for it to be fixed. Thankfully it was and we made our final flight to meet Tracey in LA only 3 hours late. To top it off Jons bag had been opened by US Customs by destroying his padlock leaving his bag in a slight mess and open to all as it passed around the bag collection carrosel...
But now we are here, safe and sound, enjoying the company of some friends. Tracey and Adam have a growing family in the name of Jack and Maisie and seem to be settling into the Californian lifestyle. They introduced Jon to his first pancake breakfast at a diner and settled Ali's brooding instincts by letting her free with Maisie. Just a couple of days with them but a really nice relaxing time, especially after the turmoil of getting there, topped off with an evening bbq and a few beers with Garth and Ellie invited round
From Tracey and Adams we joined Garth and Ellie for the epic ride to their place in the mountains and to join their 'family' - three labrador pups, Fred, Ginger and Olivia.
Apparently Garth had been excited over our visit as he knew Jon had a bike license, and what else should you do in California with a bike license than take a couple of Harleys for a ride. We picked up our Road Kings in San Diego and headed out into the mountains to enjoy the slightly cooler air, the alpine scenery and the winding roads. With Ali and Ellie riding pillion, we stopped at a few choice little townships for a bite to eat, some apple pie and on to the coast for an overnight stop. The morning saw us negociate some city traffic and freeway and a sad farewell to the bikes.
A day at some of the beaches of California, a cable car ride to the mountains over Palm Springs, a dip in a hot tub and a relaxing saunter around the mountain retreat town of Idylwild and we are now facing our last night of travels. Tomorrow we make our way to the airport and our flight home. Are we excited? Of course we are, but as for the reality of normal life... well that is just something we will have to face when it happens!