Adios Senior Liberdad!
Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
51Trip End Oct 25, 2012
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We got into San Diego earlier than expected, so we sat down for breakfast at Bread and Cie. 1 artichoke panini, 2 mimosas and $23 later... we were still hungry. While eating, we met a couple named Sue and Rich. They had just recently moved to San Diego and told us about HWY1 and local attractions to see and do. They both had really awesome tattoos and were amazingly friendly, and that's what stuck in our minds.
After breakfast we returned the Jeep to the airport, packed our bikes up, and headed out to explore the city
During lunch, we had our first CouchSurfing fall through. Every other time we set up a host, everything went as planned and they were accommodating and wonderful. For some reason, during lunch we both we getting weird vibes from the host we had contacted. It wasn't a creepy vibe, it just seemed as though we were being a bother to him. Turns out he already had 3 other couchsurfers for the night and text us late in the evening that he was going to a concert and wouldn't be home all night. Even though he said that we could let ourselves into his house, we declined. We didn't feel comfortable with the set up. So we set off to try and find another place to stay
After lunch we spent some time at the local library to update our blog. It was extremely unproductive. We waited in line for 3 hours waiting for a computer, just to be able to use it for 1.5 hours. At least we spent time in air conditioning. Afterwards, we walked the streets of San Diego and ran into two guys, David and Sergio. They were working outside of a hotel, David was doing touristy things and Sergio was there for extra security. Apparently every Sunday this group of men sets up camp right next to the hotel and preaches extremely racist and offensive ideas. Poor Sergio is assigned the post every Sunday. They asked us what we were doing and talked to us for a while about their traveling aspirations. It was fun to hear all the things that they dream of doing; example: walking across America. They told us about shops to check out, including the Ghiradelli Chocolate down the street, and helped us find a place to stay. They pointed out the hostels and David even offered to let us stay with him. They were so nice and helpful!
After enjoying free chocolate and an amazing shake at Ghiradelli, and buying a new shirt and beanie at Urban Outfitters, we hunted for a hostel
We are both glad that our CouchSurfing host flaked out, we ended up having a great night!