L.A.   15 comments

Yes I am still alive, I know it’s been awhile, but life gets in the way occasionally, after my epic Atlantic crossing in February 2016 I thought I would never be able to top a trip like that, I was wrong.

It all started again on the 28th August 2016, nearly didn’t make the flight to L.A. as I only had a one way ticket and my visa didn’t cover that, after some negotiation pleading and then bribery grovelling I made it, I then had the same on arrival in L.A.

Anyway, now in L.A. I made my way to the domestic terminal to get a flight to San Diego, ticket in hand, bag checked in, I joined the queue to be body scanned, now as I took my belt and shoes off all the TSA (Transport Security Administration) staff suddenly ran off, now I know it had been a long day……… Oh wait it wasn’t my feet after all, there was a suspected shooter.

Now most people were pretty cool but a lot were running, screaming and crying, bags had been dropped, pushchairs had kids grabbed out of them and both parent and child were long gone leaving the pushchair behind, me being daft walked with my shoes still in the tray to the balcony to see if I could see the shooter, my thought was rather than just run, at least see the shooter first and run in the opposite direction, I decided to put my shoes on now and did so keeping one eye on the floor below. The airport was now going into lockdown, everyone was directed to one location while heavily armed police checked everywhere.

After about two hours of nervous chit chat with fellow travellers we all seem to receive a text message, now I never have my phone on vibrate, data roaming was off, wifi was off but my phone still vibrated and the tone was something that isn’t even built into my phone, very spooky, this was the message.

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I love it when technology like this works.

Finally boarded a flight to San Diego, short taxi ride and I was met at the marine gate by my brother Sean for the short walk to Kapowai, bags dumped, quick chat and bed, it’s been a long day. At this point I didn’t know Kapowai would be my home for the next 90+ days.

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Posted February 13, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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15 responses to “L.A.

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  1. Welcome back. Sounds like an incredible adventure. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

  2. Welcome back old friend! Good to hear from you! Safe Travels across our globe and God Speed!

  3. Hey, welcome back, all be it with some adventure tails to tell. I’m with you, see the shooter and go the other way!👍😲

  4. Amazing…..glad you got thru the airport incident.
    Kapowai…I will have to find out if my husband has made a ham radio contact there. He’s over 200 counties, and always looking for a new one.
    Happy sails!

  5. What a story, I want to read the next instalment…

  6. So nice to hear from you again, above all that you are ok. Travelling can get risky sometimes. Take care.

  7. This could be an interesting journey! Looking forward to Part 2

  8. Bloody Hell what a story

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