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Friday, January 25, 2008

The Great North-West

Next day we set off for Oregon, over the Cascade Mountains. It was very scenic, we were looking for some snow on the peaks but I guess it doesn't snow in August up here. Soon we headed north into Oregon. The weather is still very hot, there is no let up on humidity so we decided to check into a hotel for the night to refresh and ready ourselves for the drive tomorrow.

We had breakfast early so we could get a quick start. This whole area is so beautiful, good land and plenty of it for agriculture and farming. All central Oregon is perfect and not many people per mile. We decided to look for some property in this area, the family liked the look of this place so I guess we will have a look for a homestead. The prices are similar to those in Florida. On the coast of Oregon prices are really expensive, more like California. We spent a few days looking around, we may drive a little further east nearer the Idahoan border.

Lunchtime was coming up so we decided to have an Indian meal in Madras, a town in Central Oregon. Because of liberal immigration this town is full of Middle Eastern folk, hence the name Madras, named after a place in India. I pride myself in the knowledge of Indian cuisine and the meal we ate was delicious (must make a note of this one).

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hitting L.A.

After leaving Rancho we decided to circum-navigate LA and head straight for the northern coast road and stop at Buellton, home of Anderson's Pea Soup Restaurant. You can eat all you want for a price around $8. I managed to eat 3 bowls; it was really good. It should be a must for weary travelers. We stayed the night in Buellton and had a good sleep. Then we were on to the wine area of California (this is one stop I've been looking forward to).

Up to now, my wife and family have been very patient, so we decided to stop at the next town. The landscape was beautiful green fields and gently rolling hills filled with grape vines and vineyards. We got to sample some of the local brews.

Whilst in the hills just beyond San Francisco we experienced a massive earthquake! It shook the ground beneath our feet and it frightened the children. I don't think they want to come and live in California anymore after that series of aftershocks ruined their dreams.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Great news for wrestling fans, this year Wrestle Mania XXIV is on the way to Orlando!

The longest running and most popular of all the major professional wrestling events is holding it's annual wrestling meeting at the Citrus Bowl on March 30 th 2008. This will be the first time this event has been held in Orlando and the state of Florida. This will be the biggest bash ever with ticket sales over 41,000 within the first 30 minutes of going on sale and this event is expected to bring over 70,000 visitors and an estimated $40 million to the Orlando area business. The Citrus Bowl is an outdoor football stadium and this is only the second time the event has been held at an outdoor venue, we all know how quickly the rain comes on in Orlando but event organizers are confident the show will go on come rain or shine.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Driving across the southwest

After Toyah we had a few hours drive in the Florida rental car we started our journey with, we finally reached El Paso, the gateway to Mexico. I don't know if we have enough time to cross the border and get a sample of the good Mexican food. El Paso is a big border city with commerce passing across the border 24/7. We stayed around El Paso for a day then we set off for LA. This would be the last leg of our trip, it will take 8 hrs of driving and another 750 miles.

Well were traveling west and into Arizona, it is very warm, the temperature is in the 100's. We expect to stop in Phoenix AZ. Actually we stopped in Chandler on the outskirts of Phoenix, this is so we can get supplies at Trader Joe's. It's the best place around for good quality food and it is reasonably priced. After we stocked up we set off to LA.

Having never been to California before, the Children were excited. So, we decided to drive the rest of the way non-stop. Soon we entered Quartzite; this is a small town in Arizona not far from California and the town of Blythe only 25 miles away.

We had to decide which route we would take into LA. I was thinking on taking I-10 all the way into central LA. The best time to hit LA is between 2am and 4am in the morning that way you won't run into all the traffic.

We had to stop for a bite to eat before we entered LA. I had eaten in a Mexican Restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga before and it was excellent, it was just as good the second time.