Miles driven: 67.9
Miles walked: ~15
We got up pretty early this morning and headed out to the Walk of Fame. There were very few people walking the street when we got there and because it was a Sunday, we had free parking until 11am (which we were gone before that point). It took us about two and a half hours, but we walked the entire Walk of Fame. I only took pictures of a select few.
Then we headed up to get pictures of the Hollywood sign. It took a lot longer than I hoped just to walk around and see the sign, but it’s probably because we did it the wrong way.
We stopped and grabbed lunch and then headed into Beverly Hills because Szilvia wanted to see where the rich people lived. We walked around for a couple hours. I didn’t even take my camera because I don’t care about rich people’s houses.
Our last stop for the day was out to Santa Monica. I wanted to go there because the Santa Monica Pier is where Route 66 officially ends. I’m debating on driving Route 66 after I’m done with this California trip.
Probably the coolest thing that happened today was that I saw Richard Rawlings while in Santa Monica. For anyone who doesn’t know him, he owns Gas Monkey Garage and has a TV show on the Discovery Channel called Fast ‘n Loud. I’m not one of those jackasses who is gonna harass a celebrity for a picture, as I’m sure they get sick of that, but I did take a photo after I walked past him. My phone sucks for taking pictures, so it’s not the best quality.
The more time I spend in California, the more I am disliking it. Mostly, I’m irritated by the cities’ laws against parking large vehicles overnight. Every Walmart, Home Depot, truck stop, and other large retailers I’ve called all say they don’t allow overnight parking and the cities either have bans on it or there are signs for no parking in general between 3am and 6am. There’s other little things, too. Like, I haven’t been to a McDonalds or Starbucks here that has actually had decent internet. In fact, it’s been so ridiculously slow that it’s quicker to use my phone as a hotspot, as I’m doing right now. There also aren’t many options for public showers here. I can’t wait until a few more days and we’re up past San Francisco, as that’s the last major city stop for California. Everything after that is National Parks and nature – the good stuff.