Strangely the official western end of R66 is a block or two away from the ocean on an unsatisfying street and there is nothing to mark it. So we drove that route and then made for Santa Monica pier where the spiritual end of the road is and where it is marked. Clearly. About 3 times in fact :P
|The End of the Trail... *sob*|
|... oh... actually this one is the end (this one does match the "begin" sign we photographed ourselves with in Chicago)|
|Or maybe THIS is the end. Well it's bound to be one of these 3 so we captured them all for posterity and safety's sake.|
|Another Ferris Wheel - another sunburn... Look how blue that water is! The Pacific is gorgeous.|
|Windswept and interesting in Santa Monica.|
That was our plan but it sort of didn't work out that way. Because the Pacific is a siren that demands you stare at it's beauty. And Santa Monica pier has frozen custard and an old fashioned games arcade.
|We had no idea Route 66 was called the Custard Trail until we got to the end. But we can say this - the best Frozen Custard on Route 66 is Ted Drewes in St Louis - NO CONTEST.|
We had huge fun playing childhood favourites at the arcade. Rachael won the driving game (shocker!) but I kicked butt at the pirate zombie shoot'em'up game and we won enough tickets for a cheesy Santa Monica pier fridge magnet.
Our final stop in Santa Monica was the Will Rogers memorial. Route 66 is also named the Will Rogers highway and so it seemed fitting we pay our respects having spent the last 2 weeks on the chaps road.
|Will Rogers Memorial|
|Sunset from El Capitan State Beach|