Thursday, August 16, 2012

The City of Angels

8/13 Day 33 - Our plan to wake up at the butt crack of dawn worked somehow even though we didn't set an alarm. I woke up just before the sun rose and we decided to get on the road. Again, our first goal was Mcdonalds. We did the fastest packing job ever and headed out.

On the way we passed a US Naval Base and all the guys were out running & singing. It was kinda cool to see in real life. We got to Mickey D's and decided we had plenty of time to chill. We found a plug and got some sausage McMuffins.

After hanging out there for a while we decided it was time to go. We headed out to our next stop, which was a state park outside of Malibu. It was pretty flat most of the way, which was nice because it was really hot. Then when we got closer to the park it started to get a bit hilly. They weren't big hills but I was annoyed. We finally got to the park and it looked like it was down a big hill. Not going in there. So we kept on but I had to pee really bad. We stopped at the first gas station we came to in Malibu. There were "no public restroom" signs all over so I made Ethan get a snickers so we could use the potty. After that we continued through Malibu. It was really pretty, but it didn't look like they make it look on TV. Anyway, we passed some ridiculously big and beautiful houses and saw some even more ridiculous cars.

We stopped at a city park just outside Pepperdine University. It was the nicest park ever. We filled up our water bottles, made PBJs and watched some kids play laser tag. After lunch we headed out. Our next break would be Santa Monica. Eventually we got to a sign denoting the LA city limit and population of over 3 million. Cool. We continued riding and kept going past Santa Monica. We were on the bike path and just wanted to get there so we didn't take a break. We got to Venice and knew it right away. There were all sorts of people hanging out, rollerblading and being weird. Again, wasn't how I pictured it, but it was cool.

As we were riding through Venice Ethan spotted our friend Molly. This is crazy! She had said she would be in that area that day, but we had no idea when or where she'd be. We stopped and chatted with her for a minute and then decided to take a snack break with her and her friends.

After our break we only had a few miles to go to get to Redondo Beach where Chelsea (my cousin) lives and works. We were headed to her office to get her house key and then over to her house for a much needed shower. We continued riding on the bike path and it took us around Marina Del Ray where we saw some super cool boats and then back to the beach. We got to Chelsea's work at about 4:30 then headed to her house.

We showered and later had dinner with Chelsea, Huy, Aunt Terry and Uncle Dave. The food was great and the company was even better. :]

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