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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX June 12th 2017

Trip Dates: June 19th 2017 - July 10th 2017 Yep, It's me, the Alien and I'm at it again! Last year I took an epic ride across America and a few folks have told name that they enjoyed following along with my misadventures. To kick off this year's trip, this post will contain FAQ's, route information, preparations and equipment. FAQ's: 1. Really? Again? You didn't have enough of this last year? Yeah. Yeah. No. 2. How can you just leave your wife at home and go off on these trips? Mrs. Alien is very understanding about these rides. She is always invited to come along but long miles on the bike for weeks at a time is not her idea of fun. This year, she will fly out to meet me in Montana where we will ... read more


My favorite places and things to do in San Francisco: Market Street Railway vintage streetcars San Francisco's Municipal Railway has assembled one of the most diverse collections of vintage streetcars, trolleys, and trams in transit service anywhere. They go from Market Street (downtown SF) and run along the Embarcadero by the bay and end at Fisherman’s Wharf. https://www.streetcar.org/streetcars/ You can track some of the cars live - https://www.streetcar.org/live/ SF Cable Cars San Francisco’s manually operated cable car system is the last of its kind in the entire world TIP: to avoid the long lines at the downtown turnarounds, get on near Fisherman’s Wharf at the turnaround near Hyde and Beach Street. Ferry Building The Ferry Building survived the... read more

North America » United States » California June 12th 2017

After a couple of days of packing up the RV we were able to leave in the early evening, only a couple of hours later than we’d hoped. Packing for a month on the road; freezing cold to moderately warm weather, enough stuff and food for 3 grandkids and Dale and I, and enough of everything to survive, we were off. The RV was stuffed, every bit of storage space stuffed, fridge and freezer stuffed until one had to push the doors closed. Add to all of our supplies, extra food requested by Bekki and our grandkids in NV, my sewing machine and whatever else Bekki needed. We had to head to Nate’s as his oldest boy was graduating from high school. Elias, was, Master of Ceremonies and Salutatorian. We know him as our grandson so ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Sylmar June 12th 2017

Well dear friends and family the national park road trip has sadly come to an end. We are currently in a motel in the San Fernando Valley to clean the car, wash our dirty clothes and get my nails and hair fixed before returning the car to LAX and flying to Austin Texas tomorrow night. We have racked up 4,800 miles in the last 28 days…that is 7,725 KILOMETRES!!!!! That equates to over 275 kms per day EVERY day for a month. See? I told you we were doing a lot of sitting around. The trip meter in the car says we have been driving for 109 hours!!!!!!!! The car was a fantastic choice for this trip even with the hassle of getting luggage in and out of it every 1, 2 or 3 days. It ... read more
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Bonjour, Les mois d'avril et mai furent intenses, mais opposés, entre un mois d'avril orienté sorties et amusements divers et variés, avec l'arrivée d'amis des enfants, et un mois de mai entièrement dédié aux études (ponts du mois de mai compris !), car il faut quand même travailler... En avril, donc, à la grande joie de Juliette et Corto, Daniel et Laetitia sont venus nous rendre visite pour, respectivement, deux et trois semaines de séjour, ce qui leur a largement laissé le temps d'en profiter ! Ayant revêtu mes casquettes favorites de guide touristique et taxi à Los Angeles, nous leur avons fait visiter les endroits les plus emblématiques de cette ville tentaculaire : Venice, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu... Ils ont pu apprécier aussi notre super salle de gym, faire du surf, du trampoline ... read more
histoire de prendre un peu de soleil !
Daniel se remet en forme au trampoline...
avant une visite à la magnifique Greystone Mansion...

North America » United States » California » Berkeley June 10th 2017

Nous voici tous réunis à Berkeley après 4 semaines de séparation. Adrien avait bien préparé notre arrivée puisque nous avons une maison, une voiture (avec sièges auto) et un compte en banque... Notre maison a un jacuzzi et des écureuils dans la jardin...... read more
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North America » United States » California » Berkeley June 10th 2017

Félix et Marius ont commencé un cahier de voyage, voici les débuts de Félix. SI vous voulez lui poser des questions sur ses premières impressions, il a laissé de la place pour vous répondre dans son cahier.... read more
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It is getting to be time to hit the road again, this time Jennifer and I are on our way to Texas to visit her brother and do some snooping around in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas. As was the case with the previous train trip we will be riding on Amtrak. However, we are not going to be going to on the Coast Starlight on this journey. We will be taking a more southern route this time as we are heading to Texas. I have included the maps on this blog as well as a picture of the map. Another difference this time is that instead of Jennifer and I sharing one compartment we are going to be taking two compartments of the roomette style. We did this for two reasons: 1. It allows us a little ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Compton June 8th 2017

Well after the extremely stressful week last week and this week, I decided to take off not on Friday but on Thursday. I left about 4:00 a.m. It was 64° outside. My mileage showed 140690. The cats, Scout and Indy, were very quiet. I keep them in their carriers on the passenger side floor board. The sun began to make itself know just before I got to San Bernadino and Hesperia. I stopped for gas at Exit 9 in Arizona. Just when I was about to leave, a large group of the California Mongols motorcycle club pulled in along with their support trucks. It was very impressive to see all those bikers. I made it to Albuquerque, NM by 5 p.m. Was not feeling well with a bit of a bad cold, so I ate dinner ... read more
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North America » United States » California June 7th 2017

The start of a new day, bright sunshine and the promise of flat riding after some early climbing. Dave starts in the van today and we set off by 7:30am - perfect. We climb out of Santa Ysabel gaining 350 meters, through the historic town of Julian and then into the most magnificent 9km decent through a massive V shaped valley. No cars on the road allow us to enjoy the scenery as we weave around the turns - this is what we came here for! After flattening out a bit we entered the Borrego Desert State Park. Here another 4km descent took us to the bottom of a canyon which opened onto a massive valley. The canyon was almost barren with huge boulders scarring it, sticking out every where. Almost at the bottom a coyote ... read more
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