After our gorgeous day in Yosemite, we drove though to Fresno, CA... And stayed in yet another sort of seedy, hope our car doesn't get broken into kind of motel... This one was pretty much on the freeway, and shared a carpark with "DENNY'S" which is apparently "America's Diner"... it wasn't the worst food we had eaten in USA, but the waiter was really concerned that I wanted a salad with no dressing- I was honestly missing the taste of vegetables by this stage, and didn't feel like coating it with oil and mayo and all the other delightful additives American food seems to have... the clientele was also intriguing- a person of unknown gender (highly made up woman/man) strutted in, and spent at least 15 minutes in the bathroom... not that we made any assumptions of course!!! After we walked outside across to our motel room, Sam told me "Don't look now, BUT..." a guy was dumpster diving for food... like the billboards coming into Fresno announced- this town was "the other California"... The state is huge, and the contrasts between TV and real life were readily apparent, even though we had only been in Cali for about 3 days! The next day we continued to take the scenic route- and encountered the beginnings of the desert... our weeks in the Peruvian desert a distant memory by this time!
|...Plainsburg California... it's what I had always imagined Kansas to look like...|
|Ballarat Ghost Town.... just saying... NSW Pride forever....|
|Check out our BEAST... seriously- we asked for a "midsized SUV... and ended up with a V8 petrol automatic...|
|I told Sam I wanted to drive... he preferred hitch-hiking... wouldn't last long on this stretch of road that's for sure!|