We wake up at 8am and head to LA Purisma mission it's based near Lompton and recommended on blogs as a great stop, it really is.
Basically, when the Mexicans moved up to integrate with Indians, missions were set up by the church with everything you'd need to run a community of integrated people. Indians were mostly forced to integrate and killed off through disease carried from Mexico as well as the drastic change to their diets and living conditions that they had to endure. The community stands with the layout of a mission and is made up of Indian huts, priests living quarters, all types of workshops from blacksmith to leather to wool and candle making with two gorgeous churches all built in a western Mexican style.
We walk around for a couple of hours it's only $1 for a self-guide brochure and $6 to park up. Really enjoy it, both of us.
We move on heading south through Solvang a Danish style town really pretty and shockingly Danish overkill but so popular - the locals call it Disney Land - they're not so keen. Moving on through wine country it's Santa Ynez where the rich go for weekend breaks - we find a great bar in a western saloon style called maverick. Stopping for a quick drink we meet the barman Jordan and locals Ed and Doug who consider themselves as part of the furniture - they're great craic and give us some tips on the area. Inside the bar the ceiling is covered in dollar bills anything from a $1 - $100 bill which once written on are classed as counterfeit - apparently the owner started it years ago collecting for locals' party money and it stuck - we add our contribution of course.
We travel on to Santa Barbara the views on route of the city are beautiful - stopping by the sea for a break, Matts trying to soak up some rays and is worried his Mr Bisto look is diluting. Santa Barbara is pretty, we take the coastal route on towards LA aiming to rest up near a place called Oxnard which doesn't seem too special... Jacq rang round the Walmart's and they advised free camping is near Sam's club store - we get there and discover it's not the case and move on to a residential area for the night - Americas west coast doesn't seem to have as many free park spots as we were led to believe.