April 26, 2008 GMT
2. Los Angeles

City of Angels
Though the city of Los Angeles, California is the second largest metropolitan area in the United States at almost 18 million souls, it is a relatively young city, not founded until the mid nineteenth century.
And there is more here........
Los Angeles History

Arrived totally stuffed at LA after 23 hours cramped up, huge airport with planes, cars and trucks going every which way all on a runway with round-a bouts.
Took about an hour to get through Immigration, big queues.
Got the crazy money mixed up, all the notes are the same size and colour, taxi driver must have thought Christmas had come early.
Rang Qantas and they said my bike would be there tomorrow (Saturday), I was not expecting it until Monday and they were actually open Saturday and I could come and pick it up, even Customs were open on Saturday.
The Qantas office/warehouse was only about a kilometer away so I walked using my invaluable GPS to guide me.
They processed my paperwork in 5 minutes ($30) and then drove me to Customs
and waited while Customs took their time stamping the documents. I had to fill in an EPA form promising not to add to the pollution (no charge).
Back to the Warehouse where they allowed me to unpack and reassemble my bike while everyone stopped by to chat and wish me luck even if it was in Spanish.
Thank you Qantas.
What a relief I was mobile again, even if it was on the wrong side of the road and in the LA smog and lunatic drivers.
No one sticks to the speed limit, what speed limit, is there a speed limit, this is a Drivers city, no speed cameras, Police are too busy trying to stop people from shooting each other.
Some interesting stats here
LA Crime

Santa Monica Beach South
Santa Monica Beach Lifeguard (I think)
This man is looking for buried corpses
Santa Monica Pier, The Tip
Santa Monica Pier Rides
Santa Monica Pier Sideways
Santa Monica Beach North
Santa Monica Pier Looking Back from the Tip
Santa Monica Pony Rides
It is not a Stage Prop, it really does exist
The Metro has a $5 all day Bus and Train Pass, unbeatable value and you get free entertainment from all the crazies
Long Way Down
The Train
Special Earthquake Proof Tracks
Yes, his siren and lights were flashing, that's more like it
Not exactly sure what these guys were doing
The Union Station
The Post Office
The oldest house in LA, about 3000 years old, I Think
Shooting an Episode of Criminal Minds down a Broadway Side street
Criminal Minds Again
Broadway Again
Hill Street - The Diamond street
Brave men built these Towers
More Tall Buildings
Glass and steel
Stars, everywhere, even down the side streets
Stars Hands and Feet
Real Stars hands and feet
Hollywood Mall
Hollywood Blvd
The Chinese Theatre (where all the hand and foot prints are recorded)
Capitol Records
Hollywood Subway
Universal City
Universal City Shuttle
The Globe according to Universal
Universal City Walk, a bunch of shops
The Entrance where you stand in a queue to buy a ticket, pickup a pamphlet at any Vistors centre for an $8 discount
Not sure what this is
The Simpsons
Too scary for me
Lots of Cartoon Characters wandering around, the kids loved them and some adults?
Another one
Hollywood Smog
Studio Tour Queue, 45 minutes and they have a Spanish Language Tour as well
Stage 25, where they make movies
Fake Town, there were lots of them, different themes
The Back of a fake Town
Special effects
Fake Boat, these guys can do anything
Another Town
House in Stephen King Movie where the Writer gets his legs chopped off
The Latest Mouthwash
Exploring LA's racetracks which become Car Parks during Rush Hour
In 3D
LA Bike Shop, as Large as LA itself
I bought some oil from here, time to hit the road.

Posted by Chris Desmond at April 26, 2008 11:59 PM GMT

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