Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 15 - Barstow to San Bernardino, California

Dragging myself out of bed early this morning after a 1:00 return from the drive-in was difficult. I had a pleasant 8:00 meet with Jim Conkle of the California Route 66 Museum and Route 66 Pulse magazine. After stopping to wash the car, I went back to the room to rouse Adrian and get back on the road. We had a short drive, so there was no big hurry. We already had made our lodging plans and were very excited to be staying at the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino. We could see the teepee tips and palm trees rising above the other motels as we approached. The Patels have done a great job of fixing up and maintaining this classic 1949 Route 66 icon. If you are ever in the area, you need to stay here. Adrian spent a long time in the pool and we savored our last night on Route 66.

- Seth!

From Barstow, we continued on through the desert. The town of Victorville marked the start of an uphill climb through the Sacramento Mountains and the end of the Mojave Desert. At Cajon Pass, formed by the San Andreas fault line, we started downhill at a steep 6% grade. From there, we rolled smoothly into San Bernardino. In San Bernardino, we HAD to stay at the famed Wigwam Motel. The wigwam rooms were wonderful and our host, Kumar, was great. Teepee-shaped rooms--what neat idea! Also while in San Bernardino, we stopped at the San Bernardino County Museum, an interesting museum about the area we stayed in. Thus ended our penultimate day on the Route.

- Adrian

Below: A pair of photos of the Wigwam motel

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