A little bored

Trip Start Nov 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Where I stayed
Quality Inn On Historic Route 66 Barstow
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Casa Del Desierto, Auto/Route 66 Museum

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, December 3, 2011

We got to Barstow just after dark and found the hotel easily. The room was in a classic motel style, but functional. The entrance to the restaurant didn't appear too promising, so we decided to see what alternatives there were along East Main Street. When driving in, it looked like all the major restaurant chains had opened up shop here, but still, we hoped there was a little hidden local gem we could go for dinner. It turned out there wasn't (or at least it looked unappealing/inviting). So, we returned to the motel's Mexican restaurant for dinner. It was okay, huge portions, but not more than that. Without seeing much to do in Barstow, we decided to go to bed early.
The next day we woke up early again (still the jet-lag), had breakfast and learned that the route 66 museum didn't open till 10am. So, we head for Calico Ghost Town first. This is was an abandoned mine until Knott bought it, renovated/rebuilt it and turned it into a visitors centre. It is a little tacky, but cheap, so not a bad place to spend a little time. The weather was nice, and we walked the view streets and sights for about an hour or so.
As Barstow was on our way back, we decided to give the Route 66 museum a try. As there is also a Railway museum, it took us some time to find out that the museum is just on the other side. It was closed at that time (Sunday) but had a little note it would open on 11am this time of year. And it did. The museum is free, and keeps you entertained for probably 10 minutes or so, as there is really not all that much to see. The merchandise section is relatively large, which probably explains how it survives. With some memorabilia we left shortly after.

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