Cycling Route 66 in California



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  • Day 1 Santa Monica, CA to Rialto, CA 75 miles

  • Day 2 Rialto, CA to Barstow, CA 66 miles

  • Day 3 Barstow, CA to Ludlow, CA 52 miles

  • Day 4 Ludlow, CA to Needles, CA 107 miles

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Santa Monica Pier Philip, George, and Joe at the Santa Anita Race Track Jim with an Ostrich Egg omelet at the Summit Inn Wigwam Tepee Motel in Rialto
At the Santa Monica Pier, near the western end of Route 66 Philip, George, and Joe at the Santa Anita Race Track in Los Angeles Jim ordered an ostrich egg omelet at the Summit Inn. It was a huge omelet! We stayed at the Wigwam Tepee Motel in Rialto.
Fred Harvey House in Barstow Rail Yard Barstow Rail Yard Barstow Rail Yard Locomotive Crossing the Mohave Desert
The restored Casa del Desierto Harvey House Restaurant in the Barstow rail yard. Barstow Rail Yard Locomotive in the Barstow Rail Yard Crossing the Mojave Desert
Four Riders in the Mohave Desert Jim riding in the Mohave Desert Creosote Bush Spring wildflower
Lon leads a group of four cyclists Jim riding near the Amboy Crater, an extinct volcano. Many years ago, high boys placed burning tires in the volcano and people started to evacuate fearing an eruption. The Creosote bush is very common. Creosote oil is used to preserve railroad ties and telephone poles. Spring wildflower in the Mojave Desert
Long Train Crossing the Mojave Desert Long Train Along Rt66 Crossing the Colorado River on the California-Arizona Boarder
Some trains had six locomotives and were over a mile long. Long trains passed by about every half hour. Crossing the Colorado River on the California-Arizona Boarder