And the outcome, I will tell you in advance, is that we sped up so efficiently, we cut a day off entirely and reached the end in 11 days. All that, without feeling like we cheated ourselves. So here, I might as well speed it up, too. Here is how it played out, in my short code:
- Before we hit the road, some notes and lessons learned if you go
- Days 1, 2 and 3 – read here
- Days 4, 5 and 6 – all about ‘em here
- A don’t-miss visit to the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo
Day 7 – 13394 odometer. Clinton OK Route 66 Museum $4 fee – same designer as Pops. Owl Drug Sayer, OK – state’s largest soda fountain (currently for sale). Beckham County Courthouse was in Grapes of Wrath. Bonebrake Hardware – 50 years frozen in time, Erick OK, leaning Britton water tower in Groom, OI. THE BIG TEXAN Steak House, Amarillo TX; Cadillac Ranch (photo, above), Amarillo. Glenrio TX Ghost Town: First Hotel/Last Hotel in Texas.
Day 8 – 13715 (1553 miles to-date). Flying C Ranch souvenir shop on exit 234, Old Town Albuquerque for the best meal on the trip at La Placita. Museum of mining, Grants NM $2 fee, Fire Rock Navajo Casino Gallup NM where Larry netted $170, El Rancho Hotel Motel & Restaurant, Gallup. Hollywood Royalty and old time stars, ate dinner there.
Day 9 – 14055 (1892) – Lipton AZ Tomahawk TeePee Trading Post souvenirs; Fort Courage Houch AZ F Troop replica, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, AZ. Petrified wood store. Holbrook AZ – Wigwam Motel for photos (stayed in Wigwam, Rialto CA). Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City, AZ, 2nd & Kingsley, Winslow AZ “Take It Easy” Eagles, car hop service at Sonic for lunch in Winslow, raining hard. Flagstaff Hotel “Monte Vista”, Canyon 66 motel and RV, Williams AZ – sleep in real cabooses. Grand canyon Railway Hotel & Café, Williams AZ (we stayed there about 15 years ago to go to Grand Canyon). Dairy Queen Williams AZ, drove old 66 for two hours to Kingman AZ. Springhill Suites BEST HOTEL OF TRIP, European chic, huge suite, took our time leaving that morning. Had Lo’s Chinese Takeout for dinner in our hotel room.
Day 10 – 14441, 2279 mi. Oatman AZ burros all over the town still living there since the ‘49-er days. Needles, CA – home of Snoopy’s cousin, spike. Goffs CA, population 23, “study the past”. Amboy, CA – Roy’s iconic motel sign. Amboy crater volcano. Daggett stone hotel, 1880s. El Rancho Motel, Barstow. Harvey House Museum “Casa de Diesierto” stayed Wigwam Motel, Rialto CA.
Day 11, 14755 (2573) — McDonald’s Museum and original store, Rialto. Big Orange, Rancho Cucamonga. CA’s oldest winery 1839 Rancho Cucamonga. Lunch Claro’s Italian Market, Arcadia. Chicken Boy, South Pasadena. Santa Monica Blvd. through Hollywood, Bev Hills, past our home to reach the end 2:39 PM – Santa Monica Pier, Done. Home. A total blast. 2675 miles, 11 days, 8 states. DO IT!