"Welcome to the Hotel California….."
We decided to take the 12 mile cruise into Santa Monica from the Interstate down the 'Santa Monica Boulevard' the last section of the original Route 66 finishing at the Pier. It was a great experience even though the traffic was quite heavy. We rode past the famous live music venue 'The Troubadour' club where one of my all time favourite bands Guns & Roses played their first ever show in the 1980's and were discovered there by David Geffen and the rest is history as they say. Some of the greatest acts in the world have started their careers there.
Seeing the pacific ocean as we neared our hotel, which is right on the beach was quite emotional…..we had made it, still alive, our first phase of the tour completed.
Do it yourself 'valet' parking just the way we like it.
Now that is a beautiful sight….we are heading up that way soon for almost 1200 miles.
Our first bottle of champagne, real champagne 'Moet & Chandon' since thirty days ago leaving London Airport - boy did it taste good! We just had to celebrate making it to the Pacific Coast and the completion of the first 'volume' of our adventure.
Just a quick clip of the beach a few miles up the Pacific Coast Highway at a restaurant called Gladstones. More later.
Congratulations on making it to your first goal! Are you thinking of going south to the border and getting the "four corners"?ReplyDelete
Thanks Richard. We are heading North today, not far just up to the Santa Barbara area. It's going to be wonderful over the coming week as we only gave 80 - 100 mile rides each day. Plenty of time to soak up the California sunshine and scenery.Delete
Richard's got a good idea. You've come so far. Might as well get another corner of the USA in. Welcome to the West Coast
A weekend photographer or Riding the Wet Coast
Thanks Bob for sticking with us. It's very nice to know folks are taking an interest, takes any feelings of isolation or loneliness away. Cheers.Delete
Great stuff John, good photos as always, & those palm trees sure look nice :)ReplyDelete
If I remember correctly from looking at the map of the USA on Jon's kitchen table - you now heading north?
Yes indeed Tony we start to ride up the Pacific Coast Highway today, all the way to Seattle eventually. It's going to be some of the most beautiful part of the entire tour. Stay tuned…. :-)Delete
Wow, 30 days already. Congrats on making it to the Pacific!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Trobairitz for sticking with us, it really is wonderful to have folks follow our progress and check in with us. Much appreciated.Delete
Yea, that's the beauty of the internet, or as they say in Yorkshire: "tinternet" :DReplyDelete
Don't worry John, there's a few of us here who are following your every 100 miles :D
Seriously - I'm really enjoying your blog & looking in daily ..yea, I know I should get out more, but hell.. it makes me happy :P
nb. & tell Jon his tortoise is fine :D
Cheers Tony. Btw do you look at the photo's by clicking on them so they come up large? They are all high resolution so they should be good?Delete