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Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
Trip End Oct 25, 2012

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Kansas City Barbeque
Bread and Cie
Ghiradelli Chocolate
Urban Outfitters

Flag of United States  , California
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Because of poor planning with Avis Car Rental, we had to return Senior Liberty by 9 am in San Diego. We had a 5 hour drive ahead of us so we woke up at 1 am and left Korena's by 2. After grabbing some coffee and donuts we drove through the desert. It was cool to see the change of landscape as we got farther west, but we were definitely glad that we were driving. Biking might have been possible, but it would have been miserable.

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. As we biked along the bay, we passed a fellow bike tourist who had just finished his trip from Vancouver to Tijuana. It was cool to hear his story and he gave some really good advice for biking the coast. He told us about Bikes and Hikes campgrounds and a couple awesome places to check out. Farther along we passed a bike taxi driver who caught our attention. He asked about our trip and told us about some bike tours that he had been on. He was also able to give us some good advice on places to stay and see. He even told us about a great place to eat lunch for a good price, Kansas Barbeque. We were surprised to find out that Top Gun's bar scene was filmed at that same restaurant. The waitresses walked around wearing sunglasses and Top Gun tank tops. We totally wanted one.

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. San Diego has quite a few hostels in the downtown area, so we knew we could find something, it just was a matter of being cost effective.

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. U.S.A Hostel turned out to have the best prices, accommodations and front desk clerk, Sam. He was awesome! Sam is from Australia and had an amazing accent and sense of humor. He definitely made us feel welcome and comfortable. We were the only Americans in the whole hostel, which made our night very entertaining. We met people from Australia, Germany, Wales, and many more. At the end of the night a bunch of us got together in the common room and played Cards Against Humanity. It was funny to see the different senses of humor in the room and how they were tied to the different countries. We often laughed the hardest at one another's, while the rest of the room was silent, darn American humor! We also met a couple Australians, Tom and Reid, who are slowly driving up the coast and hope to meet up with them at some point. 

 We are both glad that our CouchSurfing host flaked out, we ended up having a great night!
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