Ben's 2017 Route 66 Adventure

Day 24
Thursday, May 25

This is the day I reached the END of Historic Route 66!

Early start from Burbank Ramada Inn

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Santa Monica CA

45 minutes later and straight ahead, the first glimpse of the Pier where Historic Route 66 ends.

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(Screen shots from dashcam video)

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There it is! "End of the Trail"

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Unlike when I was here with my daughter in 2014, thanks to the early hour,
this time I was able to drive all the way to the end of the Pier.

(Screen shot from dashcam video)

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Out over the Pacific!

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End of the Trail!

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5454.1 miles from Chicago Start of Historic Route 66

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Remember, the damn Trip Odometer resets every 2000 miles)

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Historic Route 66 Mission Accomplished!

Time to head North for Phase 2 of this trip.
My original plan was to go south to San Diego to start driving the PCH (Pacific
Coast Highway, CA-1) from its southern starting point all the way to its northern
end. However, after suffering only 1 day of LA area traffic - screw that!
PCH is just over that Pier bridge; I'm turning North from here!

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PCH is at the foot of this ramp!

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Last look at the Santa Monica Pier over my shoulder

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I'm on it!

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Malibu CA

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Point Mugu CA

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Ventura CA

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I must be in California...

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Ventura waterfront iPhone panorama shot

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The Crowne Plaza. Sandy & I were staying there in 1998,
and watched Bill Clinton, live, telling us "I did not have..."

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Ventura Pier

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Faria Beach CA

Evidently a very popular campground!

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Santa Barbara CA

Tick

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Lompoc CA

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Santa Maria CA

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Oceano CA

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Sandy & I had lunch here in 1998

Morro Bay CA

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Morro Rock

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Sandy in 1998

Taken from down on this beach

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A MAJOR slide blocking PCH in the Big Sur area forced a detour inland to US-101.
Fortunately for me, that was a stretch of PCH that I had already driven, in 2002.

Templeton CA

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King City CA

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Soledad CA

On a side trip to Pinnacles National Park

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Pinnacles National Park
#14 National Park/Monument for this trip

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The road back out

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Monterey CA

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The Seafood Paella was superb!

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This was filled with classic cars when I was here in 2002

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The same view in 2002

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That was my room for 10 days in 2002, right above the FedEx box

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In 2002, when it was the DoubleTree

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In for the night @ Super 8

C5 from Alberta Canada (We'll see it again tomorrow)

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End Day 24

447 miles for the day

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That's 5871.6 miles from Chicago start