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September 27, 2017

Reaching the End

It's a bittersweet feeling knowing we are reaching the end.  Here we are.  We've been on the road since Labor Day (Route 66 since 9/5/2017), and now we've reached the end.

It's a bittersweet feeling knowing we are reaching the end.  Here we are.  We've been on the road since Labor Day (Route 66 since 9/5/2017), and now we've reached the end.

Reaching the End

It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing we are reaching the end.  Here we are.  We’ve been on the road since Labor Day (Route 66 since 9/5/2017), and now we’ve reached the end.

Which end?

It turns out there are multiple ends to Route 66.  There’s the official end of the official U.S. Highway (Lincoln and Olympic).  There’s the literal end-of-the-road end — off the Santa Monica Pier.  And, then there the many other places people call the end.

Pasadena

We checked out of the Pasadena Hilton after meeting with their marketing manager.  She was a delightful lady, born and raised in Pasadena.  After telling her what we’ve been doing, she was excited for us.  We took a few pictures in the hotel of areas they have updated, and then we were off.

Our first stop was Best Buy where they didn’t have the size lens cap I needed.  Why doesn’t that surprise me?  But, they had 40.5mm, just not 39mm.  Strange.

We turned around and headed back on Colorado Boulevard.  To me, the highlight of Route 66 in Pasadena was the Rolls Royce Dealership.  I had to stop in to see the all time best car.  Yeah, so it is a small $330,000 mortgage… if you decide to live in your car.

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Rolls Royce

Beverly Hills

Yes, Route 66 goes through Beverly Hills.  I was joking about the tour busses when guess what?  A Tour bus drove by.

At the park at the Beverly Hills sign was a trainer sparing with one of his students.  We asked for some photos.

Down the road we saw the Beverly Hills P.D.  I wanted to stop in and say, “Hi”, to Eddy Murphy, but something told me he was off solving some sort of crime.

The Post Office… Yes, the friggin’ Post Office, wasn’t closed… It simply didn’t exist in that building any more.  We have such bad luck with Post Offices.  It seems Post Offices along Route 66 are a hit-n-miss proposition.  The building that says, United States Post Office, in Beverly Hills is a theatre… not a Post Office.  Oh, and we were told the one down the road in Santa Monica is no longer a Post Office, but the office for a film producer.

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It Says, “United States Post Office”, but it isn’t.

Go figure.

Fat Burger

Fat Burger is a really good fast burger joint.  Fresh and tasty.  Ask for Alishia if you’re in Beverly Hills and stop at Fat Burger.

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Our Friendly Fat Burger Server
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Fat Burger

Los Angeles Temple

So, did you know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a temple on Route 66?  Yes, it does, and it was a surprise to me because we always call it the “Los Angeles” temple.  In actuality, it is in Santa Monica… with a Route 66 Address.

We met lots of people there who posed for us.

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Four Elders Heading Back to Their Areas
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THE ZONE LEADERS!
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Missionaries Serving in the Visitors’ Center
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A Family of L.A. Dodgers Fans Visiting the Temple Grounds

Our Last Hotel on Route 66

We had a hard time finding a room in Santa Monica.  Finally, we got in at the Fairmont at Miramar.  We made it to our hotel, the valet rushed off with our car and the bellman our bags, and we checked in.

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Brett Provided Excellent Service and Let Us Photograph Him (This is the front room of our suite)
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Paul by the Outside Sign at the Hotel

Words don’t describe our room.  A view of the beach, walk-in shower, huge tub, and two balconies overlooking the beach.

Yeah, we’re ending this tour in style.

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View from My Hotel Room

Ocean and Santa Monica Boulevard

As we set out to photograph the official end of Route 66, we ran in to a lot of people before reaching our end..  Here are a few…

 

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Street Performer
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Having Fun
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A Couple from San Diego
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Ernest and His Family
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From Turkey
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Locals
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From Florida
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From Italy
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Showing Off On Ocean Blvd
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Young Ladies Excited About our Route 66 Mirrors
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Street Performer at the End of the Santa Monica Pier (end of Route 66)
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Street Performer and Fan
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Mom (from Maine) and Son (now living in Santa Monica) Visiting
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Two College Students Ordering Dinner by Candle LIght
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Our Frozen Yogurt Guy

 

September 26, 2017

Longest Day

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location - Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location - Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

Longest Day

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location – Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

The management at the Ramblin’ Rose were very nice.  They didn’t have a key slot, so I had to wake them at 5am to return the key.  Even thought I woke them to do so, they were cheerful and kind.  The place is a great deal.  No thrills, just a clean comfortable place to stay on Route 66 near the Grand Canyon.

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Cool Springs Station, Arizona
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Sunrise This morning
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Just before the Sunrise
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Twilight
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The Road Down from Oatman

Desert Sunrise

We got to Cool Springs a few minutes before twilight.  It was quite chili before the sun came out.  The wind made it feel colder.  It wasn’t real cold, but cold enough to make my fingers numb.

Once the sun came out, we took a few more pictures and made our way to Oatman.  Oatman is an old gold mining town at the top of the mountains between Kingman, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada.

Oatman is best known for its wild donkeys.  Many business take advantage of this.  Sassy Ass, Saving Your Ass, etc.

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Yeah, there are a lot of asses in Oatman.
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See What I Mean?
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Old Gold Mine Addit

 

Road Closures

After leaving Oatman, we discovered the west bound Route 66 was closed between I-40 and Oatman.  This detoured us through Nevada and in to Needles, California.

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Road Closed

Then, every time we exited I-40 for Historic Route 66 the road was closed.  We ended up going 3 exits before we found our way south to Historic Route 66.  It was a long drive south to meet up with Route 66, but once we did, things sailed along.

Bagdad

The Bagdad Café is a Route 66 icon.  We stopped and added our names to the door as well as a Bay Photo sticker.  (We’re sneaky that way.)

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Where’s Bay Photo? It shouldn’t be hard to spot where I put their sticker.
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Leaving Our Mark When Allowed
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Bagdad Cafe on Route 66

The owner posed for a photo, and we were on our way again.

Bottle Tree Forest

The bottle tree forest blew Paul’s mind as I thought it would.  We met a young couple from L.A. there, as well as a man from Sweden.  Then, while we were walking around, the owner, Elmer, came out.

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Elmer – The Artist Behind the Bottle Forsest
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A couple of students we met in the Bottle Tree Forest
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Paul Takes a Break in the Bottle Tree Forest

Elmer has built the bottle tree forest and loves to memorize scriptures.  We had a very nice talk.  He’s a very nice man.

On To Pasadena

From there we pretty much booked to Pasadena.  We made a stop at a biker bar that is being rebuilt after a fire.  The owner explained they provide memorials to any dead biker.  He showed us celebrity biker memorials like Evil Kenevil, James Dean, Dennis Hopper and more.

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Owner Poses with Elvis Memorial Guitar

We finally arrived at our hotel where we were warmly greeted, our car parked, and luggage taken to our room.  Our room tonight is courtesy of the Hilton of Pasadena.

After checking in, we enjoyed a nice Brazilian BBQ dinner.

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Our Room at the Pasadena Hilton just off Route 66 (Colorado Blvd)
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Dinner In Pasadena

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to day to…

Republic Wireless – worked amazingly well through the California Mojave Desert

Bay Photo – People are loving the bookmarks!

Ramblin’ Rose  – for nice accommodations the last two nights.

Pasadena Hilton – for superb service and a very nice room tonight.

P.S. More photos will be added to this blog tomorrow.

October 4, 2016

Get Your Kicks

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, "Get your kicks on Route 66"? If you do, you're not alone. A lot of people think that. What's on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, "Get your kicks on Route 66"?

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, "Get your kicks on Route 66"? If you do, you're not alone. A lot of people think that. What's on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, "Get your kicks on Route 66"?

Get Your Kicks

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

If you do, you’re not alone.  A lot of people think that.

What’s on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

Today it is mostly iconic diners and businesses, many of which have been restored.  Then, in big cities, like Pasadena, California, there are modern businesses that didn’t exist when Route 66 was in its prime.

Back in the pre-Interstate highway days, Route 66 hosted many gas stations, motels and restaurants.   It wasn’t unusual for your car to overheat on Route 66 in California, Arizona or other southwestern states.  For that reason, there were service stations and garages along the way.

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Abandoned Gas Station

More Than Just Ghost Towns

Route 66 is more than just ghost towns.  There are small communities that have survived the I-40 devastation. (When Interstate 40 was opened, many businesses and communities died.)  These communities benefit from the tourist traffic.  They host gift shops, restaurants, and other delights for the Route 66 travelers today.

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Diner in San Bernadino

Once you hit the L.A. basin, those portions of Route 66 are thriving as they are surface streets in cities like Pasadena and Santa Monica, for example.  It is when you get out of town that Route 66 becomes a piece of Americana from the past.

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Oatman, Arizona

Here’s Bobby Troup…

For your entertainment, here’s Bobby Troup’s version of the Route 66 theme song.  Bobby Troup WROTE the song, and then Nat King Cole brought it to the top of the Billboard hits that same year. (click here for the Wikipedia story)  Since then at least 50 artists have covered the Route 66 Song.

THANK YOU BOBBY TROUP!