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

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