We’ve almost finished boxing our food for two months and are now busy walking around Los Angeles. 18 miles yesterday out to Santa Monica from West Adams and today a shorter stroll to ‘Langer’s’ for one of their legendary pastrami sandwiches near downtown. They are so enormous that we always only order one and then share it.
The blog posts over the next 12 weeks will inevitably be much reduced as I’m not carrying any drawing, watercolour or reading material. Instead, all I have to record our journey will be a smart phone, pencils and a lined note pad. Mobile coverage and WiFi will be very limited.
I’ve a feeling that with so much time focusing on walking the miles Wednesday’s ‘Selfie’ will become predominant in the postings. I’m carrying no shaving gear so there should be some entertainment as I slowly disappear behind a beard. I’m thinking of other things to record – the number of hikers with headphones on, river crossings, campsites – that kind of thing but I’m sure this will change. We’re really looking forward to ‘hitting the trail dirt’ and enjoying America’s great wilderness.
The coastline was badly devastated by the tsunami, evidence of which we saw in the dimming light with nonexistent towns and roads that our paper maps were describing. Everywhere there is continuing reconstruction.
We ride northward following the coastline for the next four days.