Joe and I left Margrett’s house in the morning and took a different route than how we arrived. My brakes are almost gone and going down a 10% grade for a mile with no brakes = no fun. We started down a different, less steep, hill and ended up on the main strip in Hollywood where you can see all of the stars on the sidewalk. There was a Capt. America movie premiere going on that night and a security check before you could go any further on the strip. Haha that’s the first security check that we’ve had going across the country. Even border patrol didn’t check our bags…but they had a dog.
We cruised through Beverly Hills and it was beautiful! The streets were lined with bright green trees and gorgeous houses. They planted the same tree along the entire street, but each street had a different type of tree…if that makes any sense. One street would we palm trees and the other would be oak trees, etc. Anyways we went down Santa Monica Blvd to the pier. The pier reminded me of the show Rocket Power, because it had a ferris wheel and a rollercoaster.
After the pier we took a bike path on the beach all the way to Malibu. Everyone talks about how amazing Malibu is and yeah it is pretty and there are nice houses, but it wasn’t THAT awesome. I still can’t get over seeing houses just planted into hills. I’ve seen it a lot in California and you would never see that in the southeast! In Malibu we got a few fresh veggies to add to our rice and beans as well as ship a couple things we figured out we didn’t need. That happens a lot on bike trips. You pack everything and go over the list like 20 times, but once you start riding you notice the things you don’t use that much and get rid of them!
The ride was a consistent up and down after Malibu. I don’t mind the hills so much, but when you add a 14mph headwind it makes the whole experience a little less fun 😛 We flew down our last hill straight into Leo Carrillo State Park. $10 for for a hiker biker campsite! Hiker biker campsites are normally cheaper and not every park has them. Even when a campsite is full they will usually have a dedicated spot for people hiking in and you share it with other people. We were told that campsites only get cheaper up north!