From hollywood to Harlem

Travelling from L.A. to N.Y over the next 2-3 weeks.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

day one

Hi Everyone and welcome,

Over the next 2-3 weeks I'm going to drive from L.A. to N.Y. Ive just spent a year at Dreamworks in L.A. so it will be good to see some of other less well known spots of America.

So here's my first post,
I actually set this up last night but immediatley forgot my password so here we go again.

I met my friend Grant at Barney's Beanery on Santa Monica Blvd last night,
Its a traditional ending spot for those who have travelled Route 66 all the way from Chicago.
But me being a bit backwards started there!

It was about 10.30 am before i left L.A. this morning, My lovely flat in Pasadena is all empty.
I had picked up the jeep yesterday and had it all packed up so i was in fairly good shape.
(the guy at the car rental place was flabbergasted that i was driving to N.Y. to drop the jeep off at a depot there!)

My first stop today was in Ludlow where i had some coffee and Apple pie (thanks Nev)
Its steeped in mining history, I was on and off the old route 66, in parts its a bumpy rough road,
and i was only going about 40mph in the rough bits while all the other traffic was whizzing by on the clean and shiny I- 40 freeway less than 100 yards away in places.

I stopped in a place called Needles and took a picture,
I just like the name!
I got to Oatman later on and it was a bit late in the evening so it was quiet enough,
I stopped to take a picture at the Arizona border but the batteries were a bit dead and the 10 second delay wouldnt work, it was cutting out at about 9 seconds which wasnt enough time for me to get out in front of the sign!Its charging up now though so better luck tomorrow.
It was also a bit dangerous with big trucks rumbling by.
I think i saw about 50,000 trucks today and trains half a mile long.

Ive stopped in Kingman for the night

I was listening to soundtrack music while driving through the Mohave desert and
thanks so much Paul and Kerstin for the 'surprise' cds,
The first song made me laugh so much Paul!

I've just been to 'Dennys' (for the first time since ive been here) for some food and tomorrow ill get to look around Kingman a bit.


Blogger shea said...

test 1

9:30 PM  
Blogger Rain King said...

Wow, nice pictures dude..

Enjoy your trip, will let everyone know your blog exists.

Drive safe see you in the welly for a pint of the black stuff. First ones on me!

Rain King x

11:33 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Hey Shea, great to hear from you. Yesterday was my first day back to work depressing! Thanks so much for your hospitality in LA, had a great time. Hawaii is absolutely fab, didn't want to come home at all. Anyway hope you have great adventures on your exciting road trip..keep in touch!
Caroline XXX

12:52 AM  
Blogger elpasso said...

good to hear from you Shea,
did you run into any wild burros or gunfights in Oatman? apparently Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their wedding night in the Oatman Hotel. Not sure whether thats true or if I've got the people's names right!
You're heading for some absolutely wild diners on that route...have fun!


1:32 AM  
Blogger Janeylou said...

Hey Shea - these are even better than texts; looks like you're having a ball. Have a beer with a redneck for me and take big care on your big adventure. Looking forward to the 2nd instalment...
Janeylou x

1:38 AM  
Blogger Jay n Fi said...

Hey Shimmy I'm impressed by your geeky knowledge - we'll make a Jaydi of you yet! I think you're gonna have a wicked time and I'm sure you'll make new drinking buddies in every town you stop at on Route 66. I'm also v. relieved for all American citizens that the max speed you can average is 40mph given that you must be driving with one hand on the wheel and your head out of the window taking photos !

Have a great time buddy and look forward to your return to the Irish Isles. 1st, 2nd and 4th xxx

2:06 AM  
Blogger Imelda said...

Hi Shem, have a fabulous trip across the US and we can't wait to see more photos. You will get to see a lot of weird and wonderful people on that trip for sure.

Imelda, Bruce, Kate and Emma

9:02 AM  
Blogger Crimson Penguin said...

Thank God you didn't have too many Sam Adams' (Light, that is) at Barney's, I was worried about you there for a little bit. At least you made it out of the state. :)


3:05 PM  
Blogger willipino said...

seamus!!! glad to see that you actually set up this blog. i'm looking forawrd to seeing your adventures on the road. drive safe, and watch out for gypsies.

3:22 PM  
Blogger shea said...

Thanks everyone,

That was just day one!

8:32 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

This is magnificent! I can't wait to read/see more. Go East young man, go East!

All the best Seamus. We miss you already.

XO Amanda

10:38 PM  
Blogger shea said...

Thanks Amanda,

Eastwards i go! x

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