Day 26 - LA and Long Beach

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day 26

Los Angeles & Long Beach

Today we decided to skip the wonderful breakfast and had our own left over granola, trail mix and banana instead. Much more civilised. We also watched back to back repeat Ice Road Truckers until 10!

We planned to go to Long Beach to visit the Queen Mary as Tina had seen that advertised so we headed out there and arrived mid-day. We met up with Tripti from Mediasurface days for a lunch and catch up in a Long Beach café which was excellent. She came out to LA 8 or so years ago and is getting on well here which is good to hear.

We forgot to tell Jill to avoid freeways so we ended up on I405 which was a bit of a shock after a few sedate walking days. Still we made it ok. One little bit of entertainment though when a wheel came bouncing over the freeway from the other side and headed straight towards us – quick decision to speed up or slow down so I hit the gas, Tina yelped a bit… the wheel went bouncing past and who knows where it ended up.

The Queen Mary was a good place to see, we enjoyed the trip around the old girl and took the haunted ghost trip into the boiler room which was entertaining. Most of it is turned over to hotel though. It was decommissioned in 1967 so I wonder if Uncle John ever sailed her?

After the Queen Mary we toured an old Russian diesel sub, a bit like one Roy worked on so that was interesting. So small, he must have stooped the whole time. Good trip though.

That was pretty much it today, we took back a book we got from Barnes and Noble for a refund which they did no problem then headed home. The long way round! We did get to see downtown LA instead of the freeway.

Next time we come to LA we'll probably pick Long Beach or similar to stay, much nicer than the central city.

Getting ready for the flight to Honolulu tomorrow, nice and early. Total miles in the US almost 3,800….

Safe, sound, and sorry to leave continental US.

Mark & Tina

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daveandsue on

QM looked very interesting, I'm sure John sailed on her, maybe Rick too. You've seen so much in the US but Honolulu should be interesting, will be waiting to hear. Safe journey x

amanda on

i miss u when u come back go and see megan vicky and matt and of corse reily then come and visit meeeee x

mum b on

carnt see any weight going on more like coming off with your pigion food; you keep saying about going back to all the places are you getting a tast for the good life? next week no work just rest and play, and take lots of films its somewhere i would like. so i dont have to go.x

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