"I am the only Gay in the village...!"

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Although funny to say and hard to believe, we both felt quite sad to say goodbye to our car the following day. We had only had it for one day and now wished we could have afforded to hire it for the intended 3 days and drive down to LA along the great ocean road. It would be interesting top see if all future hire cars will be to the same standard as this beauty!

Stupidly we had agreed to return the car to San Francisco airport by 9am in the morning, fine say if we had returned to San Fran by the originally planned 8pm and had had a good night sleep, not do fine when you have been driving for 14 hours and had not got to bed till 3am!

For the last time we jumped into the car and drove, lets says, a bit more cautiously through the manic rush hour traffic to San Francisco international airport. At first we felt sorry for the valet, employed to clean all the mess tourists leave when the disembark. We quickly lost all sympathy when the cashier decided to charge another $30 for missing 1/4 tank of petrol! This brought the final total for the 1 day hire to $520 ($120 for petrol) which works out to be about 150 quid each! Not quite in our budget but great fun never the less. This would be one thing that we would definitely do again when we returned to the US, but not until we turned 25!

We said our good byes and made our way to San Francisco's version of the tube. We jumped on and it whisked us back into the heart of downtown in no time. To be fair we could have left San Franciso straight away giving ourselves more time in LA, but we loved the city so much we decided to stay another night and leave the next morning. The weather was stunning as usual and we had the added advantage of being able to stay at Toby's for another night free of charge... Our favorite words at the moment after paying for the car!

We had nearly seen everything in San Fran the first time we were here, there isn't actually that much to do, but we did miss a couple of things, the cable car (tram) museum, and walking sown Lombard Street (corkiest street in the world). Neither of these attractions took very long but were free to do and it was quite interesting seeing how the cable cars get moved around the city.

We spent the rest of the day just walking around the city taking in all the views and looking at all the expensive houses that we could never be able to afford to own. As before we had fallen in love with the city and glad we returned for a second visit. It was definitely our favorite city in America.

All good things must come to an end though. Next up Santa Barbara!
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