Well we made it to the West Coast!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2013
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

We made it to the official and unofficial end of Route 66 today without any scrapes or dents.

 When you read or hear about the traffic in LA you picture in your mind 6 lanes of backed up cars, people cutting each other off and horns sounding the thoughts of the drivers.  Well we were lucky...we did not see anything like that image. The drive in from San Bernardino went smooth as we waited until about 10:00 am to miss the early morning traffic. The fellow drivers on the L A freeway and Route 66 were real courteous and this made the last portion of our trip pretty free of stress.    

Drove out on the Pier while Jean took some photos of our car under the entry arch.


 After taking the picture under the entry arch, we turned right onto Ocean Ave. to look for a place to park and were immediately waved down with the request that we "Park Here"  The up-scale restaurant at the entry to the Pier had just opened their parking area. We turned into the private lot of the "Lobster" restaurant and were greeted by the young and charming parking attendant manager.  He loved our car and pretended to be a gangster shooting his co-workers while riding the running board.  He bent the rules and gave us a special deal and the best parking spot. They took care of our car and we did not need to worry about our luggage left unattended in the open car.

We stopped at the Santa Monica Pier for lunch at Bubba Gump's. We took some photos with our phone and texted them to our sons, Dan and Mike and our niece Annie with the anouncement that we had made it to the coast and we were celebrating our success.  After, we strolled out to the end of the pier and back.   

Jean wanted to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame so we left the Pier and started our drive back into Hollywood.  We now encountered some of that traffic you hear about...many lanes of backed up cars creeping along.   Thankfully, most drivers gave us a wide path and seemed to enjoy seeing our car, as it clearly did not fit in the sights of their normal commute. We had no trouble changing lanes on the freeway as when we put our hand out to signal, the cars just parted and a wide space opened up...pretty good people out on the road.  We dropped our bags and car at the Comfort Inn as we were within walking distance of the area Jean wanted to see.  

We walked the couple blocks of the Walk of Fame where famous people have their names set in stars in the sidewalks.  I always thought the names were just in front of Grumman's Chinese Theatre but they actually extend a block either side of the theatre and on both sides of the street. Jean took about a dozen photos of the stars that were of note to her.

This Route 66  trip has been so much fun...I don't want it to end...but everything ends...so it is on to the next adventure of traveling Coast Highway #1. Our destinations tomorrow include the Peterson Automotive Museum here in Los Angeles and then turn north to head up the coast to see what there is to see...
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Catherine Shonka on

wow, what a trip! I sure enjoy reading about all your adventures. Have fun going up Hwy 1. Anxious to hear about the winding road thru Big Sur:)

steve on

Just read your entry. Good job! What's around the next corner?

Debbie on

Yeah, you did the route 66! What an amazing trip.

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