The end of the Mother Road.
Because we live in Los Angeles, and maybe because it was a Sunday, we didn’t stop at all the little things as we drove from Pasadena to Santa Monica, so this is quite a shorter post than all of the previous days.
Our first stop was to grab a shot of the amazing logo at the Saga Motel on Colorado Blvd. We started with breakfast at Gus’s BBQ (they serve amazing breakfast/brunch on the weekends) in South Pasadena. Gus’s has been on Route 66 since 1946 when Gus, Mike, and Jack left Ohio and traveled along Route 66 to California where they purchased a diner and established their BBQ restaurant. I love the neon sign with the little neon pigs and chickens running down the side.Across the street is the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain which has been open since 1915. They serve delicious sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs along with floats, shakes, and ice cream. Sorry I didn’t snap a photo.
We then stopped at the giant fork in the road in Pasadena. I guess it was guerrilla art that suddenly appeared in November 2009. We started to make our way into Los Angeles and there are a couple of different Route 66 legs that one can decide to take. We decided to drive across suicide bridge and make our way into Eagle Rock and Los Angeles. We probably chose this route in order to drive by Chicken Boy. And we also liked driving by Heritage Square Museum where we got married almost two years ago.We drove into Los Angeles and it is just SO busy! I loved driving along Route 66 in the middle of Oklahoma and being able to just pull the car over, hop out and snap a photo. In Los Angeles it takes a bit more planning, some cursing at drivers/pedestrians, etc. So at the end of the day, I really didn’t take many photos.
We drove to the actual end of Route 66 at the corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Olympic Blvd. and wow, it was an anti-climatic ending. There is just nothing there. I already knew that, and we had decided we were going to go to the Santa Monica Pier where there is an “End of the Trail” sign, but we got stuck in traffic and we were still more than 9 blocks away from any decent parking. We also saw people walking towards the beach with their beach chairs and blankets and we knew parking was just going to be a bitch, so I suggested we go to Pann’s restaurant. Pann’s is not on Route 66, but who cares. It was the perfect ending to the perfect trip, which I guess has maybe not technically ended yet since we still need to go to Santa Monica!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a Route 66 recap, Route 66 by the numbers, and announcing the winner of my Route 66 Road Trip Essentials Giveaway!