Well made it to Hearst Castle and as expected thoroughly enjoyed spent all morning there, did the Upstairs Suites Tour as I had been here twice before so thought I try another part of the castle this time.
I love this place the pure decadence of the place is amazing and obscene at the same time. Managed to get away at 2 and started making my way to Richards in LA. GPS reckoned I would get there at 6.30 so I thought at a leisurely pace should be there by 8.30 with a stop for lunch and any shiny objects I saw along the way. Turned out slightly different as I did not calculate on LA Friday night rush hour traffic. Bloody hell after driving round empty roads for nigh on 2 months this is a complete mind f**k trying to following the GPS which is telling me I need to be left lane of 8 lanes and I am in right lane of 8 lanes and traffic all around me total grid lock. You are allowed to filter in the state of California but with all my luggage on the back I have a huge arse on the bike so this is quite difficult so not getting anyway fast. The trick I find is to ride aggressively and just hammer it like the locals do and that seem to work but needs a lot of confidence and the road surface also crap lots of banding so fighting that as well.
Get to Richards at 8.30 right on schedule except the schedule completely different from the plan. Time to fall of the wagon after that experience and Richard had a cold beer waiting for me will be the first of many as I have been dry for 60 days so lots of catching up to do. Cold Beer mmmm lekker! We headed straight out to a Chinese for dinner and then hit a few more bars before crashing on the Richard sofa at about 2.30 ish knackered slightly pissed and happy good night of catch up with Richard the perfect host Mi casa est tu casa :-)