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April 3rd, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (California)

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Today’s distance / ???????: 55 miles / 88.2km
Average speed / ????: 9.5mph / 15.3km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 44m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 4139mi plus 280mi (?) / 6661km plus 450km (?)
Ascent / ??: 475m
Descent / ??: 475m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N33° 51′ 20.78″, W118° 22′ 47.42″

I got away from the Dana Point State Beach Campsite early. 6:30am I was on the road. Scooted down the beach a little to a public picnic area. Noticed on the way through that the campsite was US$25 a night. With all the noise of generators, surrounded by towering RVs, I felt it only fair that a lowly human-powered traveler such as myself should be exempt.

I spent a good chunk of the early morning dodging traffic on the rolling hills on the Pacific Coast Highway. In the Laguna Beach area, the highway becomes narrow. It was heart in the throat kind of skating. I came through that unscathed, and spent the rest of the morning enjoying ocean-side skating along the numerous paved boardwalks of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Sunset Beach, and Seal Beach.

Near Huntington Beach, California, USA

Huntington Beach, California, USA

After a lunch of cheese rolls, an avocado, a bottle of chocolate milk, and a banana, I pushed on through Los Angeles. Los Angeles itself began as a big dirty port. Long Beach Harbour. I continued along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), through the middle of oil refineries and shipping yards. Across some of the rail roads, I could have sworn I had seen some of the same train cars before in Texas…

Same trains I saw in Texas (Los Angeles, California, USA)

I pushed on hard through some rougher neighbourhoods until I popped out onto the coast again at Redondo Beach. Stoked to be here! Staying with Kirk and Donna.

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Comment by John & Karen Poo — April 5, 2008 @ 10:35 pm | post a comment

Way to go! Too bad you couldn't reach the Pacific in Oregon. Karen & I were thinking of you as we cycled up spring-fresh little river on the flanks of the Cascades – smooooth pavement, no traffic. Had dinner with son Cory tonight (no grandbaby yet, but very soon!) and he was telling me a bit about Longboard Larry's project for you. Sure hope it works out.


Comment by Mum — April 6, 2008 @ 5:15 pm | post a comment

Cheese Rolls – just like they have here? You'll have to tell Chris. He was moaning last weekend about the lack of decent mince pies and no cheese rolls in Oz.

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