Day 12 on the road, Las Vegas to Los Angeles (430 km / 267 miles)

Today was another early day, as it is a long drive to LA, we started at 7 am and we opted to go out on Route 66 again in Barstow. We drove on the old 66 past Victorville, Lenwood, Helendale, Oro Grande where it follows the rail road rather than the interstate. Driving through some of these empty towns you can’t help thinking about Hotel California: “On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air, Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light, My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim, I had to stop for the night”.

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We then followed the old route, through San Bernardino and then on towards Santa Monica and the pier where the official end of trail sign stands. First we stopped for a swim at the Will Rogers Beach which is just minutes down from Santa Monica but not at all crowded.

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After an hours or so we drove up to Santa Monica Pier to officially end Route 66.

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The rest of the day was spent driving with the top down and checking out the music heritage, Rainbow, Roxy, Whiskey, Troubadour and finished with overlooking the Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood sign.

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We finished the day around 10 pm at the Embassy Suites in Downey.

 

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