Route 66 Road Trip travel blog

The Cadiz Summit gas station, cafe, and cabins are covered with graffiti....

This berm extends for miles on the Mojave Desert and is lined...

Roy's Cafe in Amboy, CA is being restored. It was replicated in...

The exit to the Baghdad Cafe (of movie acclaim) was closed so...

There were "Roy's" cafes and motels everywhere, and not part of a...

Parking for El Rancho Motel in Barstow.

The original El Rancho Motel was built entirely with railroad ties.

This building was once a brothel serving miners. The new owner is...

This motel was formerly the Desert Lodge Motel, now being remodeled and...

Only the sign remains at the Lenwood Drive-In.

The infamous "Hollywood" sign.

No shopping on Rodeo Drive. Nothing else will fit in the car!...

THE END at Santa Monica pier.


Mojave Desert to Santa Monica 305 Miles - Total miles 2,090

While we were heading back to Route 66 from the Mojave Desert Campground we almost ran into several cows-not something you expect to see in the desert! Once back on Route 66, it was a somewhat bumpy ride with ups and downs similar to what you'd find on a roller coaster. There were several interesting attractions again and we found a nice cafe to have have our morning coffee. Once we reached the border of Los Angeles County, it took us half the day to reach the ocean. It was stoplight after stoplight after stoplight and we didn't always know where to turn to to stay on Route 66, so turnarounds were frequent. The cities of Pasadena and especially Hollywood were quite beautiful. It took us awhile to find the Hollywood sign or could we say it was quite difficult to get to, but once we did it was quite exciting. After a few more turnarounds we finally reached the Santa Monica Pier which marks the end of route 66. We found a great place for a picture, but it was so late in the day that it didn't leave us any time to walk the beach and talk about our trip. However, we both quickly agreed that because of the difficulty encountered in trying to stay on Route 66 as well as trying to find many of the attractions it was stressful at times. But it was the only way that one could experience and visualize the Mother Road. But it was great adventure!



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