Catch-UP Day!

Trip Start Jul 10, 2008
Trip End Aug 04, 2008

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

I think it's time I actually write something in my blog.
The Tour is almost over and all that's left is to get back home. For some reason I really didn't feel like writing during this trip. I had the intention of writing in my blog and documenting what happened each day. I even had thought of what I was going to say. I think it was actually going to be quite entertaining.
I was going to talk about the 100 or so combines and farm trucks we met on the highway in South Dakota, in Nebraska and in Colorado. I was going to mention how a group of them in the campground in Denver, from Alberta, helped me by providing some tools I needed. I was also going to talk about how it was so hot every day. Or how we took the motorcycle to go tour Denver and almost got blown off the highway on the way back to the campground. By the way, this was the first time I've had Alexis on this motorcycle with me. I could have talked about the Art Gallery we saw in Denver or the drive from Denver to Moab, Utah. I could have said how tired I was from the long driving days. Or how during each stop I had to tighten some screws or bolts to ensure the bikes didn't fall off the trailer.
It was so hot in Moab that we skipped going Mountain Biking and did a driving tour where the temperature dropped 10 degrees in an hour as we climbed a hill/mountain. We also skipped using the motorcycle due to the heat. How to protect yourself without sweating to death. Then  I could have talked about all the flat tires, on Alexis' bike that is. It looks like she rode over a cactus in Denver. I replaced the back tire and tube, but I've patched the front tire about 4 times (and it's flat again).
There was the stop in Panguitch, Utah where we went for a hike and saw the petrified trees and then saw a bunch of Corvettes out for a drive and parking in front of the restaurant we were in. Then we went for a bike ride (at an elevation of 8000 feet) and Alexis realized that thin air, mountain biking and conditioning are different then at a lower elevation (she had to find out for herself even though I had warned her). Then I decided to skip a day of driving when we went to the Grand Canyon by riding the train from Williams.
Then the purpose of our trip, Los Angeles. We stayed at a Travelodge the first two nights, in a smoking room. Our stuff stunk. We went to visit my cousin our first full day (we went to Santa Paula for the first day of a Hot Air Balloon event) and she offered us her place to stay at even though they were leaving for Alaska the next day. So we moved out stinky stuff there. The pictures on that day shows you what we got to enjoy for 5 days. Thanks Debby & Bill.
We spent part of one day shopping. Actually Alexis shopped and I paid. Then drove down Sunset Boulevard trying to see some famous people. The next day we hung out at Venice Beach and rode our bikes along the boardwalk then laid down in the sand and took in some rays. On our drive to Venice there must have been over 20 Ferraris that passed us going in the opposite direction. The day after that was spent driving around in circles, literally.
We headed into Beverly Hills, stopped at a Starbucks and got stuck. There were so many cars in the parking lot (as it was also a car rental place) and I couldn't get out of the lot as my truck was too big to get by all the cars. Finally somebody moved a car so that I could get through. I think I saw some famous actress, but without her make-up I can't be sure. From there we went to Rodeo Drive. Alexis had more shopping to do. The funny thing is that the salesclerks weren't treating us as tourists. They actually thought we were going to buy some stuff. Goes to show you how if you act like you belong then others will think you do too.
Alexis is an actress and she definitely knows how to act the part . She knows that L.A and Beverly Hills will be her home some day. She does fit in. Alexis was looking at sunglasses in a store on Rodeo Drive and the clerk was making her try on the most expensive, limited edition, glasses in the store. I have a feeling they don't do that to every person that walks into the store. It would be like walking into a Ferrari Dealership to look and have a salesperson ask if you want to go for a test drive without asking for proof of income.
From Rodeo Drive we had lunch on Beverly Street and then headed to Hollywood Boulevard. This was tourist central. The sidewalks were packed with tourist. We checked out the stars on the sidewalk, but this was too touristy for us. We got back into the truck and took a drive to try and get as close to the Hollywood sign on the hillside. We drove around and around and ended up in quite a few "off limit" areas. But we could never get that close to the sign. Then we gave up and took the  "long way" back to where we were staying. We drove the length (mostly) of Mulholland Drive. It's extremely twisty. We ended up seeing a lot of LA that most tourists miss. It was awesome.
Yesterday we decided to head to the beach again. This time a little closer in Malibu. The weather was awesome at the house but quite cloudy at the beach. We took the motorcycle to get there. We missed feeling the effect of the earthquake as we were driving during that time. We didn't stay long at the beach. We came back and hung out by the pool. We also decided to alter our planned trip and are heading back home by going to Vegas instead of following the west coast up to San Francisco. Alexis wanted to spend one more day in L.A (today, when we had planned on being  on the road to San Francisco).
So that's the abridged version of Paul & Alexis' Wicked West Coast Tour. There is so much that I would like to expand on.  I had expectations for when we were here. They never happened but so much more was revealed to me. Alexis was not "discovered", but we did determine that she does fit into the L.A. lifestyle. This is who she is. She will be back in a big way. She's dreamed it.
Throughout all our driving we often ended up driving by the same places. This way usually by accident. For those who have read Paul's Journey blog know which actress I was hoping to "run" into. That never happened, though we did drive by her offices numerous times (by accident) and by her home twice (OK. That was on purpose). Yes, I was hoping that there would be a serendipitous meeting. But it was not meant to happen...just yet. Everything happens for a reason when the time is right.
So, we are off the Vegas in the morning. Alexis wanted to see "The Phantom of the Opera" . Who knows, maybe it's time I win some money in Vegas. I don't promise any blogs until we get home, but there will be a final entry.  
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