The Stage

A very pleasurable couple of days catching up with some long-term media contacts. Firstly, MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl and I met The Stage’s Editor Alistair Smith and Deputy Editor Matt Hemley at Cafe Murano, Bermondsey Street for lunch at midday yesterday.

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Los Angeles

Our last drive between stopovers saw us head for Los Angeles and our final hotel, The Garland in Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood. I have often heard of stories of how LA lacks a city centre and that its sprawling nature makes for a disconnected experience. However, we found the city offered a series of fascinating and varied environments and proved a fitting end to our three-week road trip.

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Palm Springs

Tuesday morning’s burning sunshine signalled our leaving Las Vegas and an entertaining drive south west from Las Vegas via Yermo. An obligatory pit stop for lunch at the famous Peggy Sue’s Diner followed, where we were greeted in the lobby by the Elvis Presley fortune-telling machine!

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Mammoth Lakes

On Thursday (7th) we left Yosemite and headed for our next stop, the Mountain Inn, Minaret Road in Mammoth Lakes. This journey involved circumnavigating the National Reserve to the north via the R49 and the 108 Highway, which initially proved an intriguing drive along narrow country roads.

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