A day in San Fransisco, then back to LA

So today we put on our tourist hats – first it’s a boat trip to Alcatraz

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Then off to Pier 39 on Fisherman’s Wharf for some fresh fish for lunch.

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There are a number of older Asian people going through the rubbish bins collecting plastic bottles – they get money for them in the States.

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There are also more homeless people in San Fransisco than I have seen in any other city in the USA – I look at them and can only wonder what their story is to be in such a position, so sad.

Only in America

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People are queued up to drive down this road and traffic and people have to be managed at both the top and bottom – must be a real pain for those people who actually live here.

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We did the three bridges at night – the Golden Gate, the double decker Richmond bridge, and my favourite the Bay Bridge, also a double decker where one row of lanes is above the other – also a great view of the lights of San Fransisco.

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Next morning we were off to catch a cable car – the queue yesterday was too long to wait around but with going early in the morning, we were straight on.  Had to stand on the outside of course, because that’s just what you do just because you can.

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Back to the bikes to gear up and we were off to do the coast road.  The fog had lifted so we had a clear day, awesome.

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We turned off to take a look at Santa Cruz beach and we saw it fully stacked with bumper to bumper traffic because it’s a public holiday – still was good to take a look, slow as it was.

The Big Sur doesn’t really start until after Monterey, a curvey road down a rugged coastline on a good day on a motorbike – yes, just another day in the office 🙂

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We stayed at San Simeon for the night, then started off the next day for a few miles in light sea fog, but were soon in clear skies once again.

A beach full of elephant seals

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More houses literally on the water’s edge – see the boy playing in the water under the house.

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We hit major traffic again sitting in first gear through the beaches as we neared LA, as people were either giving up on looking for a carpark, or else returning from the beach early.  The carparks were still full so it can only get worse later in the day.  Was so hot too but eventually we were through it.

Got to our hotel and first on the agenda was a swim!!  Lovely!!


Being back in LA brings this part of our road trip to a close.  What a great time we have had with Jordan and Emily, have made a fabulous memory that will last a lifetime, very special.   We have crammed a lot in to our few days together on the road.  This was a first long ride for Em and she was a champion!!!  Thanks for coming you two, we loved it.

So far Charlie and I have ridden 15,424km – of that I have done 13,724km on my own bike.

We now have a few days in LA – Jordan’s bike to be returned, a sad day for him – ours stored, then it’s time for a bit of shopping before heading home to NZ.

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I am soooo looking forward to cuddling my new grandson again, Loretta has sent us constant photos and videos, but there is nothing like holding him.  And also to see Melanie whose due date to have her baby is just four weeks’ away.

What a blessed life I have, I give heartfelt thanks to an awesome God for His favour, His protection over our trip, His provision, and for my awesome husband Charlie to share it all with. Thank you Lord.

With that I am signing off for now.  We want to be in NZ for the birth of our new grandchild, then plan to be back mid to end November to complete our journey through Mexico, Central and South America – time to learn some more Spanish.  Adios mi amigos…



  • Cynthia

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. When you come back I need you to dhate shopping information with me and you can always practice Spanish with me. 🙂

    September 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm
    • Cynthia

      Oops spelling mistakes are due to phone!

      September 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm
    • Janet

      Will do, and thanks re the Spanish 🙂
      See you Sunday

      September 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  • Melanie

    His is my fave blog post of yours 🙂

    Fog in San Fran is crazy hey but it does lift then you gota get as far down the coast as fast as you can coz it clears.

    Did you see the storey book town that’s all done up?

    Hehe lots if seals along that coast line! The Big Sur is a bit tricky to pick exactly where it is just take photos of every big bridge along that road then you won’t be disappointed haha.

    So many homeless in San Fran it’s shocking.

    Miss you too xx see you soon

    September 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm
  • Steve & Kim

    We’ve really enjoyed following your trip, looking forward to the next leg of your journey 🙂

    September 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm
    • Janet

      So nice to hear from you 🙂 Need to go back for Melanie’s baby and plan be back sometime in Nov

      September 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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