Thursday, 25 February 2016

It's all about the people

I was vaguely aware of the smell of burgers as I rode along the coast and out of LA. I took note of the buildings around me and began to count the burger joints as I rode through at a very slow pace, stopping at each busy traffic light every few yards! There was Fat Burger, McDonalds x 4, In and Out and many more. Then of course there was the Mexican fast food joints - Pollo Loco, Taco Loco and so on. Its seems the Mexicans are all Loco in LA! On an empty stomach it was hard not to notice the smells, but I resisted and stopped at a 7/11 for a fruit smoothie instead! Here I stood and drank my beverage whilst watching a homeless guy fight with the shop owner over the bins! Fists were raised and threatened but none were thrown. Meanwhile the distant sound of a Harley remained constant. I will remember LA for the smell of burgers, the sound of Harleys and the wonderful diversity of its people!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

New toys!

I have to say, one of my biggest annoyances on the road is uncomfortable headphones or headphones moving when I put my helmet on!  I know what you're thinking - Life can't be that bad if that is one of your biggest annoyances! You're right! Life is not that bad but you know what I mean! You've been there! It IS annoying right?

Now my problem is solved thanks to this lovely smiling man! Meet Jay! Jay is the boss of Sena and Jay has kindly stepped in to provide me with a bluetooth system that will take away the need for headphones! Now I can listen to the radio, podcasts and music with no wires! Not only that but it comes with a built in camera AND and extra camera that I can mount on my bars. This means I can record while I'm riding and talk in to the helmet mic for clear comms! It's a whole new dimension for me and I'm pretty excited about it as you can tell!


Let's see how it goes over the next few weeks. I am still trying to figure out how to fit it all at the moment but you'll know once I get may just see me in ways you never thought possible before!! Thanks Sena, for the new toy. I look forward to giving it a thorough work-out!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The show must go on...

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. My sister has just emailed and told me off for this very reason! Normal service will resume soon, but Rhonda and I have been extremely busy since arriving in the U.S. This update may shed some light on things.....

The border crossing was smooth! Too smooth. I ended up in the U.S. with no stamp for me and no paperwork for the bike. When I pointed out to the U.S. customs dude that I had not officially left Mexico, he just smiled and said 'You're in the U.S now. Not my problem!'
I have a Canadian passport (the British one is now full AND mouldy!)  so I'm not too worried about the stamp, but I think Rhonda may be an illegal immigrant! Let's hope Donald Trump doesn't get to hear about this!

Monday, 1 February 2016

You know you've made it to LA when.....

You know you've made it to LA when....

1. You stop at the lights and a 75 year old pulls up alongside you on his Harley, his wife on the back in an all in one leopard print (including ears on the helmet) and says 'Nice ride', winks and races off with a grin!

2. The usual begging signs are replaced with ones that say 'I bet you a dollar you'll read this sign'! (I loved that one!)

3. The supermarkets only stock family size packs of EVERYTHING. Single people have two choices - Waste food or get fat!

4. You develop and addiction for Twinkies

5. The side streets are the width of motorways

6. The dogs are better dressed and have more expensive hair cuts than you.

7. The neighbours all have golf buggies for those 'strolls' around the neighbourhood.