Worse for wear

June 2, 2017

Now landed in  LA – what a flight.  I was up at 0330 on 1/6/2017 and flew out of Adelaide at 0600.  Landed in Sydney – caught the shuttle bus and went around to the International Terminal.  By the time I got thru everything they were calling my name and others from my flight over the loudspeaker to get to gate 36! Could understand it if I was dawdling but no way.  I get on the plane (Delta) and seriously the leg space is for lepricorns.  It was typical low cost seat – food was crap (who eats cheese pizzas on a plane?) and the service was shitte.  The saving grace was that I was in  in the middle of a great fella (US navy diver) and a ex-pat american girl (serial killer) that was of great value.  So I land in LA and wait a couple of hrs before catching a shuttle bus to my AIRbnb.

On arrival I think exactly what yr thinking.  I go to the door and guess what?  No-one.   So across the road I go and meet my  new best mate from Costa Rica who phoned the owner and worded out the keys were left for me in the letter box.  Here is his house;

The pleasant surprise is that my  room is very clean and has a great bed.  Have wi-fi and can’t complain.  I went for a walk to 7 eleven and surprised that I didn’t end up  on a CNN news-break (totally gangster suburb).  Looks like I am going to be in LA for longer than I wanted as my bike is delayed at customs. Really disappointed at the piss poor IPA response to my request for  interaction – obviously  they get a lot of requests but I would bend over backwards for them.


  1. Comment by Helen A

    Helen A Reply June 2, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Sounds like you need some cheering up time to do some sight seeing how about let’s start with the “Happiest Place on Earth “Disneyland” of course!” And then you have to go to Universal Studios – got to be done! Take care things will come together eventually.

  2. Comment by Nikko

    Nikko Reply June 2, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Love it.. lol.. what a start to the adventure. In regard to the leg room on Delta.. think I will never fly with them if your complaining about leg room… great work & enjoy every crazy minute Noel.

  3. Comment by Nathan

    Nathan Reply June 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Your poor bastard. Just role with it and have fun mate.
    I agree with Helen, go to Disneyland, with all the friends you’re making, they may even make a character out of you.

  4. Comment by Bern

    Bern Reply June 2, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    The Airbnb pad looks great. I agree Delta is shite. Hope the customs delay gets sorted quickly.

  5. Comment by PK

    PK Reply June 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Just think its all part of the great adventure you are on – to infinity and beyond I say… I also agree with Helen and go sight seeing. Take care.

  6. Comment by Phil

    Phil Reply June 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Haha. Mate you traveled half way around the world to end up in Elizabeth.

  7. Comment by Peter Bikic

    Peter Bikic Reply June 2, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    You sound sad, do you need my scooter sent to you?

  8. Comment by Tina

    Tina Reply June 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Wow, what a crappy start to your trip,it can only get better from here. Things, will feel more normal once you get on Fred. Stay safe ☺️

  9. Comment by Mick D'Bavio

    Mick D'Bavio Reply June 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hopefully I can score an emergency exit when I fly over. And so the adventure begins. Fingers crossed you will have your bike soon. Don’t take any shortcuts – you may end up in Smithfield Plains. All the best – see you in a couple of months.

  10. Comment by Kirstie Phillips

    Kirstie Phillips Reply June 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Very cool! It will be an emotional reunion when you do eventually see fred. I’m sure you will have lots of fun on your great adventure xox

  11. Comment by Mick the Uncle

    Mick the Uncle Reply June 13, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Did you go to Walmart?

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