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Day 16 - Mon 4/21 - Needles - Victorville, CA. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy   
Thursday, 24 April 2008 23:07

Welcome to California, the preservation of old Route 66 hasn't happened in

California yet, the roads are not well marked nor are they kept up.

We crossed the Mohave Desert, I kept thinking back to the throngs

of people moving across this part of the country in the early 1900's.

We were lucky enough to come across a real oasis in Fenner. A gas

station, with pools and water fountains, very unusual. They got

$5.29 for a gallon of gas, I'm glad we filled up before leaving Needles.

We passed lava fields in Amboy were there is a crater which is a

National Landmark. That was pretty wierd, lava in the middle of

the desert. Then there was another Route 66 museum in Barstow.

Shoe trees, a lonely scrub tree on the side of the road literally

loaded with cast off shoes. Then came the bra tree, I'm not kidding,

they were hanging all over the tree, I wasn't quick enough to snap

a pic but one of our guys got the shot. The Harvey House Museum

in Barstow was a good one, lots of cool stuff. Total miles today 187.

Day 17- Tues 4/22 Victorville - Santa Monica PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy   
Thursday, 24 April 2008 23:35

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.

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