On the move again, going the wrong way!

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Shelagh & Karl's

Flag of United States  , California
Friday, October 14, 2011

Sleep didnt come easily last night as we were so tired, it was gone 3am by our body clocks by the time we were sorted. Also it was so hot, the hottest weather LA has had for quite a while.  Not  being a fan off air con, we could only rely on the small breeze coming through the slightly open window. So I tossed and turned most of the night.Breakfast was surprisingly good, only a continental, but the coffee was good and the danishes were fresh and tasty.
We were collected from the hotel at 9.00 by Gerald and  taken to his place for coffee and Danish! Once again, very tasty. He then took us to his storage space where he keeps his RV and his many cars. Quite a collection including a Morris Traveller in absolutely perfect condition. At least Stanley had a family member to keep him company these past few months!
Spent a bit of time sorting Stanley out, fitting the new seat belts, doing a few minor jobs and then packing everything for the journey. Set off at about 12.30, and had to fill up with petrol. We pulled up behind a car, filled up (the garage refused our debit card, no idea why. Is this a taste of things to come? I hope not!) By then A lorry had pulled in behind us, totally trapping us. I asked him to move so we could get out, but he just walked off. Not the American behaviour we have come to expect. However, the car moved shortly after, so we could go on our way.
Set off up the coast road, through all the Friday afternoon traffic. Stuck to the slow lane, but still had the occasional car tailgate us - as if we could go any faster. A few cars studied us closely, but no one tried to photograph us, so obviously we have lost that extreme novelty!
Got to Shelagh & Karl's, but they were still at work, so we did a few minor jobs on Stanley. When S&K got here, we were welcomed in, a few drinks, supper and lots of talk. Great evening. Now its off to bed

Martin's motoring moment:
I only drove for 3-4 hours in total and then along the freeway - the equivalent of our motorway-and yet I found it quite exhausting.Of course the heat and lack of sleep meant that everything was exaggerated but I guess also the tension of coping with 6 lanes of fairly fast moving traffic must have had an effect.Strange that all the traffic is moving at fairly similar speeds and then not over 55-60 yet the sensation is of being caught up in a fast moving stream.
Karl and Shelagh are wonderful hosts and have made our stop over very easy.It has also given us the opportunity to give Stanley a better look-over and pack more logically.Sadly the right hand indicators are once again not working which means we will have to keep turning left but I'm sure we will get there.
We need also to confirm that our planned route,certainly in the early stages is suitable.The dreaded desert experience is waiting for us and we just need to make sure we are prepared.Whilst it is unexpectedly warm beyond the Mojave where we have been these last two days,we do not want it hotter than expected where we are headed for.We'll check the forecasts and recent reports.The Celts and deserts are not a natural mix.      
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