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Trip Start May 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 06, 2013

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Going through customs is usually fairly straightforward but not for us.  Arriving in LA , Customs and Border Control would not allow Cam and Nicole into the country as there was an abnormality with their passports.  A call to Washington DC got them the all clear from the australian consulate informing us that they had different passport numbers on their system and an update was required.  (Day 1 - Delay 1)

We navigated our way out of LA, after many wrong turns and visited Venice beach.  Very much like the st Kilda esplanade but with a seedier feel.  Then it was north bound along pacific 1 through Santa Barbara and Malibu to the Oceanside city of ventura - a city previously known as the biggest producer of Lima beans in the USA. A pretty seaside town with one of the longest wooden piers along the west coast .

we were all asleep by7pm after our long trip on the plane- to enjoy a 13 hour sleep,

all set to start the day but to find  we cannot get into our car,  it has one of those new fan dangled intelligent keys - rob you know just like your new car, and we are having all sorts of problems.  Has the remote gone flat? Are we doing something wrong? Finally found the old fashioned key inside the intelligent key. Got us into the car - no joy, everything dead!

a call to roadside assistance gets the man out to have a look - battery drained. That intelligence key doesn't shut the car off- you have to press the button to do that!!
(day 2 - Delay no 2)

the kids got a bonus swim in the pool and Peter a morning stroll along the harbour.  On the road again...............
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Mumma on

Just part of the adventure . Gotta have the teething probs or it just won't work ,!! lol . You'll get it all together and have a ball . Keep safe . xxx

The Tower Hill Dalys on

Hope things have smoothed out since day 1 & 2. It was classic Griswold's stuff to begin with, Chevy Chase would've been proud. Looking forward to the next update. Check the link below !! Be safe and happy travels. Peter, Barb & the girls.

nat on

printed his off pete and gave it to pat...cheers have a great holiday.

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