Santa Barbara to L.A.

Trip Start May 07, 2011
Trip End Nov 09, 2011

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What I did
Rescued a lizard from a bin
Wandered around and ate lunch in Santa Monica
Rode on the roller coaster and dragon boat ride on the Santa Monica pier
Returned Mustang
Alison now has lobster arms

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Friday, May 27, 2011

After a freezing cold night in the motel, we left Santa Barbara and drove down the coast back to L.A. Today we have to return the Mustang.

On the way out of the motel, Matthew spotted a lizard stuck in a plastic bin so we rescued it. 

We stopped for lunch in Santa Monica since we liked it so much the first time. Again it was very sunny. Alison got burned today. We went to the pier and this time rode some rides. Their rollercoaster was so short and tame that they let you go around twice. Still worth doing though, if only for the view on the way up. The best ride is a dragon boat which swings like a pendulum. Alison has always avoided these but now accepts they are fun!

Afterwards we drove back into L.A. using guess work to get to the airport. We've navigated our entire trip with the free, large scale map that came with the first hire car. Who needs Sat Nav? Driving across L.A. seems to be much faster if you drive on all the small roads and try to avoid the constantly gridlocked freeways. We fluked booking a motel which happens to be directly across the road from the hire car depot making it super easy to unload the car and return it.

Once in the motel room, Alison noticed that her arms were glowing slightly. She looked a bit like a lobster. The motel is directly under the flight path of the airport and is not the nicest we've stayed in but it does have a pristine, unused gym! The door is wallpapered and they have accidentally put up two identical pictures on the walls of our room. 

Tomorrow we pick up our third car. We aren't that sad to get rid of the Mustang actually. At the end of every day, our ears were ringing and we were quite weathered. The AC was broken so we either cooked with the roof up or got blasted by sun and wind with the roof down. The Mustang was a lot of fun though and it was great driving the Pacific Highway in an American muscle car. Especially a convertible one! Also, the mustang was brilliant on gravel. You can do effortless, lazy power-slides on gravel, which is good because California is stuffed full of gravel lay-bys. Thankfully, not one stone chip was added. In total we covered 1733.1 miles in it and got 25 miles to the us gallon. Not bad for a 3.7 litre engine.

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