Note: This is a shorter version of the long article I just wrote in German. Have a look there if you want more details :-).
Santiago – Atlanta – Los Angeles
After the adventure South America, I had to fly first to Atlanta and from there to Los Angeles. Luckily, my friend Mari helped me to transport my bike and the luggage to the airport on Sunday where I left it in storage for 24 hours. Muchas gracias, Mari! It would have been very difficult to transport it by metro and bus. On Monday, I finally went to the airport again and checked in. Everything went well and payed 150 USD for the bike at Delta. This was average, I think.
The journey itself was pretty uneventful except that the guy just behind me got unconscious shortly after start. Luckily he came back shortly after and stayed ok for the rest of the flight.
Immigration in Atlanta went smooth and I got the permit for 6 months (thanks to the Visa I already had). Unfortunately, my bike didn’t arrive at first and I had to claim it once I arrived in LA. It got delivered the same night at 1.30am to the place I stayed (Thank you Sarah and David for letting us stay at your place and the great time!). I rented a car in LA and also picked up Ines, my travel companion here, in the evening at the airport.
During the next few days, we went shopping some missing parts for our journey and built together our bikes.
Los Angeles – Malibu – Ventura – Santa Barbara (El Capitan) – Lompoc – Santa Maria
On Saturday, we finally started biking again. First across Los Angeles (Thank you Eric and Tim for showing the path and helping out with good advices) and then along the coast. First the weather was very foggy and we didn’t really see that much. And also the traffic wasn’t that great (The 101 should definitively be avoided during night times…). However, both got better the further away we got from LA.
We finally reached Santa Maria and stayed here for two days in a motel. This also for letting Ines knee getting a bit better again. It doesn’t like cycling so much so far.
We will keep going on Friday towards north. Our already adjusted plan is to follow the coast up to Monterrey and the cross the valley towards Yosemite park. Will see if that works out. Somewhere in May, we should reach San Francisco finally.
All the best from California,