Hot Rods & Margaritas
Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
46Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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All the while the view is spectacular & the forest beautiful.
Once on the flat we were quickly, & depressingly, back to 'civilization' - a very dull freeway took us most of the way to LA.
We stopped for the night at a 'Ramada Inn' & found out what another $10 a night would buy us in the commercial accommodation market - some kind of reasonable decor, more space & better TV channels. Not proper crockery for breakfast though!
We returned to LA to once again stay with Tom and Elizabeth in the Hollywood Hills. Their first comment was: "Let's go home and drink Margaritas!" This sounded like an an excellent idea, so we did. Mind you we are starting to ask ourselves why we seem to be encouraging otherwise fairly restrained people to party. We had a great time catching up with these lovely folk who were bravely coping with the grief of the recent unexpected death of Tom's sister. Perhaps the odd bod Aussie travellers provided a welcome distraction. I hope so.
It was here that Tom took us to a hot rod show in a local park which was splendiferous with chrome, shining, powerful engines, incredible paint jobs and plenty of tail fins.
Some of these collectors pieces are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, not that their proud owners would willingly sell them! The exuberance for automobiles is another especially American fascination; mind you Tom, who is a British car enthusiast, did bemoan the absence of Jags...
The train journey back to San Francisco from LA was another nightmare for me, crippled with arthritis and a really sore knee, courtesy of rafting down the Grand Canyon.Still the coastal route through Hollinger Ranch and Vandenburg Airforce Base revealed more and more great surfing locations, most of which are inaccessible by car
As usual I enjoyed the train much more than Peter. I guess my legs are shorter (though there is heaps of legroom- much more than on a plane), I don't smoke & I don't have arthritis. For some of the Coastal Starlight trip, the rails run right along the coast & as Peter mentioned, the train goes through sections that the general public cannot otherwise see.
At dinner we shared a table with a young doctor from San Luis Obispo & a builder from Oregon - 7 had a very interesting discussion on American politics. The sunset was wonderful too!