Final preparation (Posted 25 April 2012, 05:03pm)
Sunny California

Surley we don't need all of this stuff?

It has been a busy few days since I arrived in the United States! I was relieved to be granted a 6 month stay at immigration. There was a bit of confusion when the official thought I was "working" rather than "walking" for 5 and a half months but once we sorted that out it was fine. Marcus and Yvonne picked me up in San Fransisco and we spent the day there. It is a beautiful city and the weather was stunning but the streets were very busy. All of the hustle and bustle only increased my desire to be on the trail. The following day we drove south to where Marcus and Yvonne live. We have spent the last few days doing last minute preparations. Yvonne had Marcus have been a great help - being local they know all the right places to shop and visit. I now have an American sim card for my phone and even an American bank account!

I have been spending money like it is going out of fashion which has been quite a shock after saving everything for the past year. The shopping centres here are quite an experience - huge buildings with everything imaginable. We have finally got everything we need and will catch the train south to San Diego tomorrow. We hope to start walking on Friday morning...

We visited Trader Joes...


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