The wheels of the car go round and round!

Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
Trip End Jan 24, 2013

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Friday, January 4, 2013

We finally left Carmel-by-the-Sea at 11am, for a supposed five hour journey via highway 101 to Los Angeles airport. Not so!
Despite not stopping even once for photos, it still took some eight hours to take the drive south. We first went to Salinas, which is only 32 kilometres from Carmel, before hitting highway 101 and driving through the food bowl of California.
Salinas was the birthplace of John Steinbeck, and although we did not have time to visit the museum, you can imagine where the theme of the novel 'The Grapes of Wrath' originated. This is a lovely old-time farming town, clean, neat, and with market gardens in the Main Street. We travelled through send lush and green countryside - sometimes even resembling Australia with the numerous eucalypt trees lining the roads. At times we were surrounded by mountains until we came out at San Luis Obispo, through a mountain pass.
Unfortunately we had to keep going without stopping to check out these lovely towns. Despite being tempted to stop at Paso Robles to see the James Dean memorial, I have stashed that trip for another time.
We passed through the beautiful seaside towns of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Pismo Beach, with only a short stop for a bite to eat, but still no photos.
We finally arrived in Los Angeles and it was dark, the GPS was not showing my regular map view and I had to find my way to the airport, which I finally did, dropped off the car then went to join the huge queue at Aeromexico to check in our suitcases for the first leg of our flight to Cuba.
Our Internet access from now on will be a little sketchy as I am not sure what to expect in Cuba. According to the guidebooks, it is dialup only, so I will be lucky to get emails out.
Stay tuned..... I will check in when I can.
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