Well, it's been a fun ride. Today, our last day we spent most of our time
negotiating our way through San Bernadino and LA, trying to keep all
nine cars together through a gazillion stop lights and lots of traffic.
We made our only stop of the day at the Peterson Auto Museum
in LA. The museum is housed in a former Department store on
Wilshire Blvd large enough to display 200 historic vehicles. Most
are grouped in a series of period dioramas, there will be plenty of
pics for the car buffs when I get them loaded.
Then onto our goal, the end of Route 66 at the Santa Monica
Pier. It was a very exciting yet emotional ending for our 17 day
journey through the heartland of America. We started out as
16+ strangers and ended as 16 friends, with a few others joining
and leaving us at various spots along the route. We made lasting
friendships with these people from all over the country and Canada
and we hope to meet again.
Cindy and Dennis Manire from Florida, 67 Blue Roadster
Joe and Jan Barney from Florida, 64 Red Roadster
Bob and Jan Behlman, California, 67 Yellow Coupe
Roy and Kathy Brotherhood, New York, 67 Red Coupe
Jerry Echols and Tom Voss, Texas and Wisconsin, 66 Maroon roadster
Doug and Mary Jones, Illinois, 65 Blue Roadster
John Meyerhoff and Mary Carol Plott, New York and Florida, 67 Blue
Coupe and Paul Jordan, Oshawa Ontario,63 Red Roadster.
Jeff and Penny Montgomery, Arkansas, 63 Silver Coupe left us
in Missouri after the storm.
Our new Texas friends Don and Rosemary Roden, 66 Red Roadster
and Jeff Edmond 67 Yellow Roadster went through Texas and NM
We had our farewell dinner at Bubba
Gumps on the pier, toasted our leaders Dennis and Cindy Manire
and thanked them for putting this trip together, we all
signed our names to matching hats we presented them as a
token of our appreciation for a well planned trip. At the end of
the evening we said goodbye to those leaving for different
destinations. We were fortunate to have a few traveling buddies
with us part way up the coast, Roy and Kathy, John and Mary Carol
and Joe and Jan. We'll have to break away early because one of
us has to get back to work, that would be me.
Check out the Flickr link for photos of every day of the trip.