Route 66 was removed from the official highway directory in 1985. However, back in its heyday, it provided thousands of migrating Americans a path towards the west – especially during the Dust Bowl. It’s earned such epithets as “The Main Street of America” as well as “The Mother Road.” Stretching from Santa Monica, CA to Chicago, IL, it’s one of the U.S.’s first highways. The best part is that it’s still around and navigable. I took full advantage.
It took me two hours, but I drove from Rancho Cucamonga to Santa Monica on this road. Nowadays, it’s barely recognizable as a major highway. Mostly host to shopping centers and residential areas, some gas stations and businesses are designed to look vintage. I snapped some photos.
Currently in Los Angeles battling rough winds and rain. Tried vegetarian chicken pesto (delicious) at Cafe Muse. Stopped by Amoeba Music and picked up a few records. Caught a show at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade, starring some of the comedians from Derrick Comedy and the actor from Spy Kids.
Heading north tomorrow for the long haul.
After some reflection, I’ve learned some very important things:
1. Take the scenic route as often as possible.
2. Laughter really is the best medicine.
3. Following an impulse every once in a while is healthy.
4. Friends will be there for you.
5. Adventure is out there!