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Thursday - had a little sleep in, boys did their own thing and I walked to the local shopping centre and had a mani and pedi which was a real treat, until I went to pay and they didn't take credit card, handed in watch and walked 20 minutes back to the villa to get some cash off Mark, then John drove me back to pay. Have had a bit of trouble with our passport cash card getting money transferred onto it! John was on the blower that night at 11.30p.m. trying to get things organised. Later in the arvo went around the main pool at the resort and had a cold beer at their bar, few laughs and fun, then drove down to Palm Springs for their Thursday night street market, where they close off ... read more
PALM SPRINGS
MARKET NIGHT PALM SPRINGS
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North America » United States » California » San Jose July 18th 2014

7/8 My flight to LAX from Lima was really long, about 8.5 hours, and I didn't sleep at all. I sat next to a cool guy who went to the USA v Belgium game and was only out of the US for 8 days. He took a zany-bar and passed out before we even took off. I watched Jurassic Park, Need for Speed, Zoolander, and Bad Words on the flight. While I was in LAX I bought Ender's Game and the sequel, since I lost my other copy in Manaus. On the flight to San Fran I chatted with my neighbors and finished Ender's Game. My neighbors were a mother and daughter in 7th grade flying home to San Fran from Melbourne, Australia. I talked to them about my trip and that I saved up for ... read more

North America » United States » California July 17th 2014

Start: Vacaville, Ziel: San Francsico, Tageskilometer: 95, Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 61.3, Gesamtkilometer:6'383.3 (4'025 Meilen). Fahren zurück zur Route da das Motel in Vaccaville etwas abseits der Route liegt. Ein kalter Wind bläst uns entgegen. Vorher, in luftigen Höhe war es so heiss und nun, da wir nur wenige Meter über dem Meeresspiegel sind, ist es relativ frisch. Zuerst fahren wir dem Pleasant Valley entlang. In Fairfield müssen wir dan den Hwy 80 überqueren. Haben mühe, den richtigen Weg zu finden und vefahren uns ein paar Mal bis wir den Veloweg entlang des Highways finden. Geht etwas auf und ab durch die kahlen Berge. Dann kommen wir um ca. 13.00 h an der Peripherie von Vallejo an. Dort müssen wir zuerst etwas essen da das Frühstück nicht sehr ergiebig war. Wollen eigentlich über den Hwy 37 nach Sausolito fahren. ... read more
Hwy 80
Weingut
Yeah - we made it!


Well!!! Sorry everyone haven't done our blog for a few days, tooooo! busy shopping!! Left Vancouver on the 12th 11.00a.m. and met up with Suzy and Blake at John Wayne Airport around 2.30p.m. and got our hire cars and drove on down to Palm Springs and Palm Desert (about a 2 1/2 hr drive from John Wayne) arriving about 5.00p.m. 41C in the shade whooh!!! but a nice dry heat, every day has been the same since we arrived. Staying at the Desert Springs (Marriott) Villas, they are just fantastic, looking out over the green golf course is just so refreshing, when everything else around you is just arid and dry and desert. We each have our own villa and they are so spacious and well equipped, home away from home, had the washer and dryer ... read more
PALM SPRINGS
COACHELLA VALLEY
PALM DESERT

North America » United States » California » Encinitas July 16th 2014

Very quick post - hope to keep this going here. inspired by my friends Liz & Marianne on this site, plus their doggies Oliver & Daisy, on a one-year travel quest! My husband Rich and I are setting out later this week with our three teenaged daughters (his natural, my step, aged 16,14,12) to Barcelona and Rome. Oh, and we have two fabulous siamese kitties at home - Franki and Rusty - Franki turned 7/12 and Rusty turns 7 7/17. More later! Ciao Ciao... read more

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North America » United States » California » Sacramento July 15th 2014

Start: Omo Ranch, Ziel: Sacramento, Tageskilometer: 132.3, Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 72,4, Gesamtkilometer: 6'269.4. Als wir noch faul im Zelt liegen fährt die Velogruppe mit den jungen Leuten schon wohlgeordnet ab. Wir packen dann unsere Siebensachen und geniessen unser karges Frühstück bevor wir das in den Wäldern gelegene Omo Ranch verlassen. Es geht zuerst steil bergab doch die Strasse ist so holperig, dass man fast die Plomben verliert sofern man welche hat... Auch geht es nicht einfach hinunter sondern immer wieder durch tiefe Schluchten was immer wieder einen steilen Aufstieg in der gleissenden Sonne bedeutet. Wir fahen durchs Pleasant Valley wo ein Weingut an das andere nahtlos aneinadergereiht ist. Zum Weintesten ist es jedoch noch zu früh. Kurz nach Placerville, einem kleinen Städtchen, holen wir dann die Gruppe, welche mehr als eine St... read more
Heida steigt aus der Schlucht empor
Ein Teil der Velogruppe
Trocken und heiss


Friday 11th We leave site nice and early and as we get out of the gate disaster strikes, the van dies on us. It just won't start ! I call the rental company who call a tow truck. Half an hour later it arrives and tows us the the garage up the road and departs. I ask the garage owner how long it will be to get it fixed and he says “ I'll look at it on Monday or Tuesday !!” I call the rental company who say that they'll get us towed to another garage and give us another van. Forty five mins later we're back on the road to SF where we're given a newer van. This one's painted in street art and looks great. By lunch time we're driving back over the ... read more
Our new van
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Another giant tree


Travel day to Bakersfield, Ca. overnight at Bakersfield River Run RV Park. Extremely clean and neat. Temp. 108. Travel day to Oakhurst, Ca. for our base camp for Yosemite. High Sierra RV Park is one of the few campgrounds in the Yosemite area. We will never stay here again. My RV is 34 ft, and anything larger would never fit no matter what their webpage, or what they tell you over the phone.... read more
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Headed out for Yosemite, first stop Mariposa Grove. All parking full, so will try this again earlier tomorrow. Headed for Glacier Point, the most popular area of Yosemite. We were able to see Half-Dome, and looked down on Yosemite Valley. Now for the long slow trek back to the main road. All of the attractions in Yosemite are very spread out, and roads are no fun to drive. After driving through Yosemite Village, no parking close enough for us to shop or find anything to eat, so we headed back out, but not without stopping to view El Capitan. We left the park through Arch Rock Entrance on hwy 140 to drive back to Oakhurst through Merced even though it is further it turned out to be much faster than returning through Wawona and the South ... read more
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North America » United States » California July 14th 2014

Start: South Lake Tahoe, Ziel: Omo Ranch, Tageskilometer: 120.5, Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 72.6, Gesamtkilometer:6‘137.1. Heute vor dem Frühstück losgefahren, denn das gibt’s im Motel erst ab 08.00 h und so lange wollen wir nicht warten. Ich habe eh nicht so gut geschlafen und mir ist ein wenig schlecht, so dass ich gar nicht ans Essen denken will. Heida muss sich dann unterwegs an einer Tankstelle mit einem Kaffee und einem Brötchen begnügen. Wir fahren zuerst auf dem Hwy. 50 gegen Norden und biegen dann nach ca. 15 Km auf die 89 ab welche uns gegen Süden bringt. Nach einiger Zeit führt diese Strasse hoch zum Luther Pass auf eine Höhe von ca. 2‘100 m. Die Strasse ist zum Glück mässig befahren und hat einen Seitenstreifen auf dem wir die meiste Zeit fahren können. Oben angelangt sausen wir hinunter ... read more
Luther Pass
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