USA West Coast

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Monday, April 12, 2010


The globe in my headlight blew again, so Des went shopping to pick up a couple of new globes. He could only get one, at a cost of $13, so he would have to keep a look out for an auto parts accessory shop, so he can buy a couple of spares. We've already had 3 blown globes this trip.

We’ve taken a bit of down time here in San Diego to veg out, as we were pretty tired from the ride westward across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and into California. I did manage to get the washing done, as we were running out of clean socks and undies.

Lou and Lynn have been sending nightly texts to us informing us of their progress. They are riding highway 40 and traversing the famous Route 66 along the way. They’ve been to Jackson Tennessee, Elvis’s home in Gracelands Memphis, Oklahoma city, Amarillo, Albuquerque, and the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest in Arizona, and hundreds of other interesting places in between. The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas are next on their list.


It was dry all week end, but when we went out to load up the bikes for our Monday morning departure from San Diego, we noticed that our bikes were in a low part of the car park, and it had been raining a good deal during the night. Des sacrificed his nice, clean, dry boots to bring both bikes up close to the motel room door, so we didn’t have to load up in the puddles.

We rode on highway 8 to highway 5, both very fast and wide roads. Des thought it would be nice to ride through some of the beachside towns, so we got onto highway 1, which is smaller and slower and has many traffic lights through the towns. It’s very pleasant riding next to the coast though, and seeing the beautiful, expensive coastal properties.

We travelled through Newport Beach, Long Beach along the Vista Del Mar. It was all breathtakingly beautiful. We fed the parking meter in Huntington Beach while we had lunch el fresco.

The road took us almost into Malibu and we had intended to stop at Santa Monica, Los Angeles State. So we turned around and got onto Ocean Ave and found a lovely little private Hotel called Seaview Hotel, at 1760 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, which was almost next to the very end of Route 66, which ends at Santa Monica pier. (It begins in Chicago, and was the first major highway in the US). The pier has been used in many movies.

 The room at the Seaview Hotel was unbelievably spacious and beautifully decorated, and had a little kitchenette, mirrored wardrobes, WiFi and large flat screen TV (not that we would have time to watch it in LA). We couldn’t believe our luck to find somewhere so reasonable ($100 inc tax per night), almost on the coast of Santa Monica in LA, and so close to the famous pier.

We hadn’t travelled far, only 220 kilometers since we left San Diego that morning, but we took one look at the sumptuous king size bed with the beautiful white quilt and five pillows and decided to hop right into it and have an afternoon nap. We must have been more tired than we thought because two hours later we were still there, trying to decide whether to get up for dinner or just stay tucked in.  One thing was for sure, we would be staying an extra night.

Rosa, the concierge, gave us a brochure from 'Amazing LA Tours’ which we decided to book for the next afternoon.
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