L.A. L.A. Land

I am getting confused where I have been and what the hell is going on. Spent the night in Ventura and one of the funniest moments of the trip happened. Bruce Sue and me were sitting outside a bike shop on the edge of Ventura when we see Jamie flying down the road, we all shout and whistle but he flies right on by with out hearing us. I say to Bruce he must have his tunes on and cant hear us when this voice just screams out ” or he is really stoned ha ha ha ha ha ” I spin around and right behind me is this homeless woman who looks like Zelda out of Terrahawks. She is laughing so hard and just cackling like a witch, after 55 miles we just fell about, I really thought I was going to pee myself.

Next stop the Malibu Beach RV park, Dear God the houses we cycled past, millions and millions of dollars but most of them look as if a kid playing with Lego was the architect. Bits sticking out all over the place and just huge. Amazing to go by these places, I am sure there were famous people in some but to be honest who cares. Arrived at the RV park and had to cycle up a cliff to register, crossing 4 lanes of Pacific Coast Highway was interesting. Paid $28 to have a Canyon View, $36 for an Ocean view and discovered that I couldn’t see any canyon at all just Ocean. The difference in the sites was 5 yards, Hey I paid for canyon views but all I get is this perfect view across the Bay to Palos Verdes. Where is the Canyon? An incredible sunset as well.

Been in camp an hour and Phil and Liz show up, just so amazing for us to have started in Vancouver then we hook up again in a little RV park in Malibu. They looked as immaculate as ever 🙂 really special people, so good to see them.

In the morning they set off early as they were going to Laguna Beach which is about 85 miles, we set off at 9 and cycled to Huntington Beach.

One of the most memorable parts of the entire trip, Malibu Point was flat, never seen it work. The road to Santa Monica has a shoulder but it was bin day so spent the first 15 miles dodging bins getting yelled at by car drivers and trying not to stare at the beach houses. Then we got onto the Beach bike path and off we went on a tour of every beach in L.A. Santa Monica, Venice which is like Camden Market but with an Ocean and better weather, Redondo, Manhattan just mind blowing. Then to miss Palos Verdes we went inland through Torrence and Carson and down the side of the L.A. river to come out at Long Beach. Oh look its the Queen Mary then its into Seal Beach, Sunset Beach then finally Huntington in all 69 miles. We were knackered and Sue had a real bad cold going on. Not a well girl at all.

I have to say that Manhattan Beach is my fave, just a nice vibe not to flash and not swarming with vagrants. The weather was just perfect lots of people waving at us, In Torrence school had just turned out and kids were pointing at us and asking questions. Arrived at Bruce’s dads house and got fed the best steaks ever. All in all about as good a day as I could imagine.

I wonder if someone would get the same sense of excitement riding into and through London? Answers on a post card please.

For the SSB crew, seen some amazing breaks, Rincon, C street in Ventura, County line. Malibu was the only place that wasn’t working at all. Venice had a little wave and then as we went south all the beaches were working to some extent. Just hundreds of breaks.

Saw more dolphins as well at Redondo.

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About richardlldavies

Follow me and the one called Fluff as we try and cycle from Vancouver to Panama.
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3 Responses to L.A. L.A. Land

  1. Avid says:

    Hey big man what with the big sur and now La La land sounds like some of the best was saved for the last part of the trip. Sounds very different from all of the tress in the first couple of weeks.

    Well its been autumn internationals here at home. Saturday was a nice autumn day so i am a bit ashamed to say I spent about 7 hours in front of the sony 32″. Well here’s a brief summary

    Taffs 16 Cons 25. A tale of two sides. Welsh pack dominant, front row of Jenkins Rees and Jones absolutley destroyed the wallabies. However aussies backs just stunning scong three tries to the one romthe home boyo’s. Hook out of position at 15 but played well.Missed halfpenny, roberts & byrne. Would prob havewon with them.

    England 116(sorry 16) NZ 26 Usual 15 minute period where AB’s rampant but we did well to contain them for mst of the remainder. Two black tries to onw white try. Carter score most of the points from the tee. Flood missed a couple he should stroked through. Eng unlucky with two other nearly tries, Hape shoulder charged out as he dived in the corner but the illegal challenged dislodged the ball. The other effort got across the line ut could not be grounded. Much better performance with foden courtney lawes and like wales the front row of aheridan thompson and cole doing well.

    Ireland 21 SA 23 Well Ireland played for the last 15 minutes – were lucky to only be lossing 9-29 at that poit when the bought on O’Gara and stampy stringer. What a difference O’G setting up two tries for Bowe and Kearney. Played in the new Avia (replacement Lansdown Rd) stadium. IRU shot thereselves in the foot by making people buy tickets for all a. internationals and not having each game available therefore ground nowhere near full. Like the welsh game a tale of the SA forwards and the Irish backs, when they got the ball that is.

    When are you flying back and are you hading direct to Sweden or stopping off in the homeland?

  2. David says:

    Hey big man what with the big sur and now LA sounds like some of the best was saved for the last part of the trip. Sounds very different from all of the trees in the first couple of weeks.
    Well its been autumn internationals here at home. Saturday was a nice autumn day so i am a bit ashamed to say I spent about 7 hours in front of the sony 32?. Well here’s a brief summary
    Taffs 16 Cons 25. A tale of two sides. Welsh pack dominant, front row of Jenkins Rees and Jones absolutley destroyed the wallabies. However aussies backs just stunning scong three tries to the one romthe home boyo’s. Hook out of position at 15 but played well.Missed halfpenny, roberts & byrne. Would prob havewon with them.
    England 116(sorry 16) NZ 26 Usual 15 minute period where AB’s rampant but we did well to contain them for mst of the remainder. Two black tries to onw white try. Carter score most of the points from the tee. Flood missed a couple he should stroked through. Eng unlucky with two other nearly tries, Hape shoulder charged out as he dived in the corner but the illegal challenged dislodged the ball. The other effort got across the line ut could not be grounded. Much better performance with foden courtney lawes and like wales the front row of aheridan thompson and cole doing well.
    Ireland 21 SA 23 Well Ireland played for the last 15 minutes – were lucky to only be lossing 9-29 at that poit when the bought on O’Gara and stampy stringer. What a difference O’G setting up two tries for Bowe and Kearney. Played in the new Avia (replacement Lansdown Rd) stadium. IRU shot thereselves in the foot by making people buy tickets for all a. internationals and not having each game available therefore ground nowhere near full. Like the welsh game a tale of the SA forwards and the Irish backs, when they got the ball that is.
    When are you flying back and are you hading direct to Sweden or stopping off in the homeland?
    Reply

  3. Guy says:

    Enough with the bloody dolphins

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