Feb 29, 2012
Distance today = 34.39 km; Total distance = 2738.40 km; Location = Pasadena West – 34 08.104′ N, 118 12.925′ W; Start time = 0934, Finish time = 1441
Last night was one of those special occasions. We met up with Valeria, a former student of Carmel's, who she had first taught in Kindergarten in 1981. Valeria moved to LA in 1987 and has been here ever since, working in the show business industry. She was even in Sister Act 2 with Whoopi Goldberg. Last night was the first time Carmel and Valeria have seen each other in 25 years. It was a great evening.
Today I decided I'd keep it short so that the support crew could have an extra day playing tourist in LA. I didn't want to run through the city itself, so headed around it via the Hollywood Hills. I passed the Chateau Marmont, where John Belushi died, and then made my way up Laurel Canyon. This is where many famous musicians have lived in the past, including Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, and Frank Zappa.
From there, it was down into the valley on the other side, over to Burbank and on to my finishing point in Pasadena West, which is otherwise known as Eagle Rock (I can hear another song coming on).
Yesterday was the last time I will see the Pacific Ocean on my run around the world until I make it back to the Australian east coast in over a year and half's time. It will feel strange knowing that I will see it from the other side, having made my way around the world on foot.