Cycling San Diego to Los Angeles can be done at anytime of the year. Although it was winter, I was glad to finally bask in the warmth that was San Diego. In a strange twist of fate I caught a cold which lasted through Christmas and for many days after. Proof, in my eyes at least, that cold weather has absolutely nothing to do with catching a cold. I was, however, glad to feel warmth on my skin for the first time in many weeks.

I arrived in San Diego with no expectations and only spend a very short amount of time ‘seeing the sights’ as it were before turning my bike north for the first time since I cycled to the Canadian arctic town of Inuvik in July. North to Los Angeles I headed.

Cycling San Diego to Los Angeles

Due to the still lingering illness I planned on taking 3 days instead of 2 days to cycle to Los Angeles. For a large part the cycling followed the coast or at least near to it. The network of state parks had campsites that occupied prime real estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Sites cost a small fortune for most people but the hiker/biker sites are cheap, varying from $6-10 per night with only a one night stay allowed. Off the record I was told the one night limit was in place to prevent the large homeless population from overrunning the place. I was told there was a large migration of homeless that head south for the winter.

San Diego

San Diego

Top Gun Bar

Anybody remember the movie

Top Gun House

Or this house from Top Gun, when cycling San Diego to Los Angeles the cycle path north goes right past it!

View from one of my state park Hiker/Biker campsites. Priceless

View from one of my state park Hiker/Biker campsites. Priceless

One section of the highway between San Diego and Los Angeles passes through a military base, or at least the cycle path does. I was refused entry, even though its open to cyclists. In fact other cyclists were both ahead and behind me passing through! So I had to take the busy interstate freeway, complete with signs that said no cyclists. At this point I realised I needed a haircut so I didn’t get confused as being a homeless person. Even though all the homeless people I met on bicycles were for the most part nice people.

cycling san diego to los angeles

Cycling San Diego to Los Angeles on the interstate freeways on California = not much fun!

Despite being refused entry to the cycle path that crosses a military base I had little problem with the mostly flat ride into Los Angeles. The last several kilometers along the beaches both south and north of LA airport were world class.

Cycling San Diego to Los Angeles

Cycling San Diego to Los Angeles. The cycle path into LA. Right on the beach

Los Angeles

I stayed in the Hostel in Santa Monica and quickly fell into the hostel vortex despite my efforts not to. Out till 4.30am sipping on expensive beers, visiting Hollyweird, sitting on the beach in the middle of winter and feeling warm and my sitting at Angel Stadium watching the opening round of the Supercross which is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember.

Then there was the visit to the Staples Centre to watch the Hockey game between NY Rangers and LA Kings. My buddy Doug is the scout for the Rangers and was in town and was gracious enough to take me to the game. On route we went to lunch and a drive to Malibu. While sipping coffee at Malibu the Kardashians step father was there having coffee! The hockey game between NY Rangers and LA Kings was great to watch. It was special to be there with somebody who was able to explain the rules and provide an incite to the game that he loves. I’ve watched Ice Hockey before when I was working in Canada many years ago but this was much better. I have once again been so blessed on this trip.

Chuck Norris

I was mistaken for Chuck Norris while in Hollywood. Seriously, isn’t he 40 years older than me! People asked me if it was true that I once had a bet with Superman that the loser of the fight would have to wear his underwear on the outside!

Star on Hollywood Boulevard

Star on Hollywood Boulevard

Hollyweird

Hollyweird

Had to be done

Had to be done

Bike for Bugatti, not quite a fair trade

Bike for Bugatti, not quite a fair trade

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Supercross

Supercross

More Supercross action

More Supercross action

And the winner is

And the winner is, freaky fast, K Rock

NY Rangers vs LA Kings Hockey

NY Rangers vs LA Kings Hockey, Rangers scored a goal seconds after this photo was taken!

 

 

 

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