Route 66: The End of the Road

Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
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Trip End May 21, 2011


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Started the day at a stop along the road called Elmer's Bottle Farm, which had lots of old and rusty things planted in the ground like trees with bottles stuck onto them like tree branches – kinda crazy but cool and of course, quirky. The guy who lives there started it as a hobby when he retired and has been adding to it ever since with stuff such as old burnt out cars, gas pumps, road signs, an old sewing machine, and a rifle.

Driving towards San Bernardino we had to drive down the biggest sloping mountain side ever! And then through the mountain/valley sides. It was amazing but so many cars!

We had several failed attempts at washing the car, due to the car washes being shut or broken. Finally managed to find a working one so Duke had a car wash (sorry it was a machine dad!)

We were then ready to head into L.A! Though me and Ness were not impressed with the big clouds and chilly temperature! There was SO much traffic! I knew it’d be busy bit i didn’t think it’d be quite that busy! (times the M6 by ten, give it 8 lanes, add in the Coventry ringroad and that’s pretty much what the roads were like!..deeelightful!) Thanks to Duke and Nessy’s directions we finally  made it to Santa Monica Pier – The OFFICIAL END OF ROUTE 66 :D L! We Made it :D! But so sad to be over! Though I’m sure we’ll both be back at some point in the near future <3!

It was the windiest ever on and around the pier! We stopped for refuge and lunch at Rusty’s Surf Ranch – pretty cool inside but the waiter was a bit annoying with his ridiculous jokes and repetitive loud singing of 'do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry?’ Erm, yes we do mate! Lol.

The long stretch of beach with tall palms and crashing waves from the wind was gorgeous (well, what we could see of it through major windswept-hair-over-face situations anyway) It had so many people working out all the way along it – joggers, runners, yoga stretchers, bikers, people on segways, kite flyers, and a man on skates being pulled along by his dog lol (our personal fave). Bet it’s an amazing beach in the summer.

Drove through Beverley Hills which had super tall and thin palm trees lining each street. We were behind a white convertible mustang most of the way which had the most pompous, vainest driver Ever who had me and Ness in stitches because he kept checking himself in his mirrors, slicking down his ridiculously greasy gelled hair and taking photos of himself each time we stopped at lights, which happened about ten times! He wasn’t even good looking! Jeez, I thought i was vain!

Headed up into Hollywood Hills at night to see the Hollywood Sign while we still had the car – another surreal moment seeing it after having seen it on the t.v and in films. Unfortunately it was too dark to get any photos of it. One advantage of the night time trip to see it however was the incredible view down over the city – so many bright lights in-between and below the hills. Pretty awesome view for those who live up in the hills surrounding the rest of L.A! And wow at all of the houses we drove past! Would love to see them in the day!

Checked into the Banana Bungalow absolutely shattered after so many detours and not being able to find anywhere to park for literally hours! But its a really nice hostel and friendly staff J. Love having our own room which is pretty big and colourful. And Duke ended up downstairs in the hostel car park in the end, safe and sound J. I do not want to take him back tomorrow!!!

x x Jess x x 
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