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Driving an automatic car in San Francisco

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Day 1: BARCELONA - SAN FRANCISCO - RENO


With our tickets in hand, we leave our checked bags and go to the boarding gate thinking that we will ask in London to see if they can do something.
He flight from Barcelona to London, leaves with a little delay and that already makes us a little nervous. We only have an hour and a half to make the link to the flight to San Francisco and the London airport can not say that it is especially small.
And as we feared, it was a race to be on time to catch the flight from London to San Francisco.
Shuttle bus to the other terminal, train to get to the boarding gates and runs to the doors. In the end we arrived by the hairs.
In the end a passenger changes our seat so we can go together so well, this seems to start rolling.
We had a pretty comfortable 11-hour flight from London to San Francisco, within hours when we changed positions and tried to get some sleep to be cool when we arrived in San Francisco and we had to take the rental car in the States United and drive a few hours to shorten the road to Yellowstone, the first of the parks we will visit on this trip to the West Coast of the United States.
But another surprise still awaits us: they have lost my suitcase !! We only have Roger's after waiting more than 40 minutes in front of the tapes waiting for the miracle to occur and appear. At the complaint office they tell us they will send it to West Yellowstone, which is our destination tomorrow and give us a $ 50 card for the inconvenience. They think that with that they solve the problem of going to a place where they are at -10º without appropriate clothes.
After making the claim and losing more than an hour, we headed to the car rental center, taking a train that takes us directly to the office area.

We do the paperwork in less than 15 minutes and after almost two hours since we landed in San Francisco we already have our rental car in the United States, which will accompany us during the 26 days of travel in which we will cross the West Coast of the United States and the National Parks.

Before we get on the road we have to learn to drive an automatic car in San Francisco, so it's a few laps around the parking lot to start taking a little control. Above all we have to be careful with the left foot, since it is not the clutch, but the brake. It takes a bit of getting used to and in the parking lot we are giving a few accelerations and braking before getting into full exit from the San Francisco airport. After almost 30 minutes learning to drive an automatic car We left the parking lot.

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