MAY 24, 1996: FRIDAY


Scheduled trip: -
Actual trip: Moved to Thousand Oaks (60 miles)

Touring LA
This morning we took some time "sleeping in", as Dave would say. It wasn't until 9:30 AM we cleared our room, loaded the cars, and paid the bill. Having experienced Hollywood and the upscale neighborhoods the day before, we still had only seen a fraction of the sights in the Los Angeles area. We might as well move up the coast because it was there most of the places of interest were situated. As we got ready to leave the "California or Bust!" sign was finally taken down. Superstition or not, why tempt fate?

California has close ties with Mexico and especially one section of LA is renowned for its Hispanic roots. That morning we left the cars in a parking building and went to Olvera Street on foot. On the way we saw the courthouse made famous by the O.J. Simpson trial, which had come to an end only a few months before.

Olvera Street was packed with vendors trying to sell all kinds of more or less exotic goods while people, mostly tourists by the looks of them, swarmed among the shops and restaurants. After ample browsing we settled down on the porch of a Mexican restaurant. The chaotic buzzing of the street could easily be observed from our table. Naturally we ordered Mexican food. Dave and Manuel shared a carafe of wine while Mark and Niels stuck to sodas. Pending the arrival of the food the spare time was used to write yet more postcards.

Not far from Olvera Street was the Asian part of LA. However, this neighborhood wasn't nearly as lively as the one we'd just visited so we didn't hang around for long. Generally the shops were the kind that specialize in herbs and alternative medicine; the anonymous windows didn't quite capture our interest and as we walked back to the cars we discussed what to do next.

The choice fell upon the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. Once a private collection, the artworks from Classic times are now displayed so everybody can appreciate the grandeur of bygone eras. We were lucky to enter the grounds because the museum closed early on Fridays. In fact we were the last two cars to enter the compound that day. The museum itself was built in Greco-Roman style with marble pillars and shallow ponds that reflected the sunlight. We spent close to two hours admiring the exhibits and we finally left the place with an overload of our aesthetic senses.

According to the schedule we were supposed to reach Santa Barbara but Thousands Oaks, some 20 miles up the coast from Malibu, had to do. We found a motel in the right price class and booked a room. The place had a swimming pool, not an uncommon feature among America's motels. Some of us had a swim that evening.

<<May 23, 1996<<


Day 00: Prelude
Day 01: Leaving NC
Day 02: Tupelo, MS
Day 03: Henryetta, OH
Day 04: Roswell, NM
Day 05: Flagstaff, AZ
Day 06: Las Vegas, NV
Day 07: Victorville, CA
Day 08: Long Beach, CA
Day 09: Los Angeles, CA
Day 10: Thousand Oakes, CA
Day 11: Malibu, CA
Day 12: Lompoc, CA
Day 13: Lompoc, CA
Day 14: Palo Alto, CA
Day 15: Palo Alto, CA
Day 16: Fallon, NV
Day 17: Escalante, UT
Day 18: Grand Junction, CO
Day 19: Lafayette, CO
Day 20: Colby, KS
Day 21: St. Louis, MO
Day 22: Knoxville, TN
Day 23: Burlington, NC
Epilogue: Author's notes




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