Route 66 - 2 Germans on Mother Road

Nutella in Barstow, the Angeles Crest Highway to LA, Santa Monica - End of Route 66

Can you imagine getting served Nutella for breakfast in the middle of nowhere by an Indian Motel Owner ? This is exactly what happened yesterday morning in Barstow. As we where desperate to get rid of the delicious Smuckers jam, we had bought a glass of Nutella in the Vons store in Barstow the evening before. As we came into the breakfast area of our little motel with the glass in my hand, the Indian owner started to laugh, reached behind himself and pulled out a large Nutella glass. So we had our Bagel with Nutalla that morning and had a nice chat with the guy. After breakfast we left for the last "official" part of our journey on Route 66 from Barstow to Santa Monica Pear, the "End of Trail". We decided to take the most scenic way into LA, the Angeles Crest Highway. I was really looking forwart to this drive. Matt Farah, host of one of my favourite YouTube Channels, the "Smoking Tire" often choses this road for his auto tests. So I had seen the road many times before. It was pure fun to drive it myself this time, but boy - how I wished to have either our Audi R8 or our Corvette with us ! (Alex, I am looking forward to our hillclimb of the Sudelfeld with the R8 when we are back home !) In reality we had to drive Angeles Crest with our Ford Explorer rental car so exceleration and G's where quite limited😇. However, the drive was real fun, a fantastic road accompanied by really great views. (Fortunately Karin has a very stable stomach). One of the highlights of the trip. After 95 kilometers (!!!) of the curvy mountain road we drove through Los Angeles straight to Santa Monica Pier, the official end point of Route 66. And there we stood. More than 3.500 kilometers of Route 66 behind us. A strange feeling. A dream fulfilled. A feeling of achievement, at the same time a feeling of loss. A dream fulfilled is also a dream lost. We have driven this historic route just as hundreds of thousands before us when the route was new and state of the art. All these people headed west in search of a better future for themselfes and their families. Many of them poor, full of dreams, hopes but surely also often with fear of the unknown that lay before them. I could feel this historic background of the road and I felt an emotional echo, a somehow spiritual connection with those travellers of the past. I chose to drive Route 66 as it somehow resembles my own current mindset being in transition between jobs, willing to leave something behind in order to find something new, different, maybe better out there "further down the road". The symbolic journey on 66 is now completed - time to think about where my and our personal "West" is going to be.... Quote of the day: "For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today ? And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." Steve Jobs Nothing to add from my side...

27.6.15 18:31, kommentieren

"Rock of Ages", a 10 Egg Omelet, Mojave Desert, a town sold in eBay, a Volcano

After a day on the strip in Las Vegas at a record 47 degrees last night we visited the "Rock of Ages" show at the Venetian Casino. A Musical, featuring the great times of Rock Music, or as they put it themselfes: "It puts you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and supporting even bigger hair." Really cool ! We had a great time remembering our own experience with music from Whitesnake, Foreigner, Asia etc. Of course we could not leave Las Vegas without having at least one breakfast at the legendary "Peppermill", so we went there this morning and ordered one of their famous 10-Egg-Omelettes. Remembering our visit from 2 or 3 years ago, this time we ordered just one of these monsters for the two of us (Yeah, we got Learning Ahility !). What can I say - we didn't even manage it together....Always a show to see the Cocktail waitress in her evening gown serving Cocktails at 9 o'clock in the morning. That's Las Vegas ! Our plan for today was to cross the Mojave Desert from Nevada to California on one of the most scenic routes via Amboy and Ludlow to Barstow. The drive through the ever changing landscape of the desert was simply fantastic. Especially the completely deserted little road though the Joshua Tree area was very picturesque (see pics on Flickr). About the little town of Amboy two little stories are worth mentioning. 1. the whole town of Amboy was for Sale on eBay a few years ago. They did not sell it in the first round but in the end a Fast-Food-Millionaire purchased the town. We have no idea whatsoever what he wants to do with it now... 2. Close to Amboy is a reletively small but well preserved volcano. A few years ago the volcano started to smoke heavily, the town was being prepared for evacuation and Geologists from LA where quickly flown in to investigate what was going on. It turned out that a few kids from Amboy as a joke had started a huge fire in the volcano that produced all the smoke.... Our latest Business Idea is to open a Visitor Center at the Amboy Volcano just like the one at Meteor Crater... Later today we found a small family-owned Motel in Barstow and decided to stay here for the night. Tomorrow, we will go on and drive the final part of the original Route 66 via the Angels Crest Highway to Santa Monica. Stay tuned for this last stint.... Quote of the day: "Die Wüste erfüllt die Herzen der Menschen mit Visionen" Paulo Coelho

26.6.15 02:48, kommentieren