Highway 1: SF to LA and everywhere inbetween!

Trip Start Oct 15, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2012

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

I rocked up in SF at 2am.. and whilst checking in to the hostel my tour group rocked up very drunk and confused as to how I managed to be back in SF only a few hours after them. Looks like I'd missed an epic dinner (-but managed to go to that Chinese place before leaving, where my fortune cookie informed me new shoes would be beneficial - so i HAD to oblige!)

The second time in SF was spent catching up on sleep and washing - and was meant to be for planning our road trip, which in hindsight could have been a good idea.

The day we planned on setting out we were unable to hire a car for that day and with it being a public holiday there was no accommodation left in SF for 5 people! Luckily the lovely Green Tortoise people let us camp in their office on the floor - return of the cuddle puddle!

The next day we set off! And again thanks to the public holiday we could not get a camp ground! We spent the night in Santa Cruz in a real dingy American Motel. Alan and Sarah in one bed and Jonas, Jelle and me in another.. No one slept very well in our bed!! Queen beds were not meant for that many people! Especially when one in a 6 foot German snoring machine!

We found some cool thrift stores in Santa Cruz and I finally got Cowboy boots. I've only wanted them all my life and they are an incredibly practical backpackers accessory, right?.. Right?!
There was a beach with a lot of touristy crap and roller coasters etc. Most of our group did not like it at all.. I can't decide if I did or not.

We continued on to Monetary Bay where we struck the same issue with accommodation but finally were able to camp at Lacuna Seca Racetrack. The boys set up camp whilst the girls went shopping for food - burgers, bread and beer.There was a strong lack of greenery in our diets this week! Sarah and I had decided to sleep on the floor of the Dodge - seemed like a genius idea at the time, until we realised we were way too tall and it was probably the worst sleep of the whole trip!! Tents are way better!!!!

Finally we hit good patch of coastal highway and were amazed by the views around the Big Sur and camped there for two nights. The coast was filled with a lot of cliffs and beautiful sunsets. I really liked the campsite - it felt like we were deep in a forest! We actually had a decent space between campsites here as well so were up around the campfire pretty late. I may have had a couple too many beer and vodkas and decided I could speak very fluent German (-that's if you're counting "HEIZEN SHIEZEN" as real German.) and was tucked into my sleeping bag after far too much pretending to be German (considering I don't have the most quiet voice to begin with I'm sure I had at least one other campsite cursing my name).

We went on a small hike to a beach which was pretty cool - we had to wade through knee deep water for a bit and encounter an American woman who was horrified that we were in shorts and singlets with so much "Poison Oak" about. She then lectured us for 20 minutes about how dangerous it was.. despite us repetitively asking "BUT WHATS THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN" she made us feel like we would die if we so much as looked at it - we later found out.. you get a rash. Anti-climatic much!

Our final night at camping was in Goviata. I LOVED this campsite. It was so windy the camp host laughed a bit when we said we were camping in tents (finally we'd found a camp ground with A LOT of space.And all the others were in camper vans). The trees grow sideways from the wind!

But the camp was basically on a beach, had a cool pier and was close to some pretty nasty natural hot springs that we went to the next day. Sarah didn't quite make it into the feral water - I don't blame her.. but it was pretty nice when you were in there (if you excused the floaties) and the relaxing sound of swarms of wasps was great!
For our last night we went to Santa Barbara and spent the night in a hostel room. Was pretty good to have a bed and power again! I was contemplating staying a couple of nights because I got a good impression for SB - and after coming to LA I really wish I had! The hostel

On our road trip we ate so many $1 McChickens! Thank you for your free wifi Mcds!!!!! But I will be very happy to never eat that crap again!!! I enjoyed traveling with the same people for a couple of weeks and hope every ones enjoying what they're up to now... whether it be Holland, Mexico or South America!!
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aksj_gortw on

Ahh this road trip was, well, emotional! Hated the camping, loved the company and giggles and showing the boys we could cook on a camp fire! Got stressed over the germinators snoring and loved the giant pizza on our last night! It's fair to say AK loved the whole trip! We miss you guys and wish we could do it again. Xx

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