Route 66-Day 10 (Last Day!): Barstow to Santa Monica

Having slept in Barstow, we were able to sleep in each of the 9 states that Route 66 passes through.  We only doubled up in New Mexico.  With the exceptions of the cities that everyone has heard of, driving Route 66 through the desert areas of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California have very little active sites to see.  That applies to the drive between Barstow and Victorville.  There are beautiful views but very little civilization.  After , we descended the Cajon Pass into San Bernardino.  We drove the city streets through Rialto, Upland, San Dimas, Azusa, Duarte and Pasadena.  Each of these cities had Route 66 well marked but didn’t have much in the way of Route 66 memorabilia.  We only Interstated it from Santa Monica (the showroom is now on 3rd street in Santa Monica) to get a charge.  While charging Matt and Marilyn met us and we went to and In-N-Out for lunch.  With 3 miles left, I almost had a mutiny when I mentioned that I preferred my egg mcmuffin for breakfast to a double-double for lunch.  fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.  With a full charge, we headed down Colorado Blvd  to the Santa Monica Pier and the official end to Route 66.

It was a great trip.  I highly recommend the drive to anyone.  The varied scenery was beautiful and small towns are a lot of fun.  Even waiting for a charge during the day wasn’t a problem because we had plenty to do.  I was really thankful that the car ran flawlessly (the problem in Salt Lake was the charging cord).  And, with a couple of exceptions, all of the KOA people were really nice and helpful.  Thanks to Matt and Pat for accompanying me.  Not only were they good company, but the navigation was so tricky that I couldn’t have done it without them.


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