Miles: 298 miles
Route taken: Interstate 15 south to Route 66 south at Helendale to Interstate 15 south to Highway 91 west to Highway 55 south to Pacific Coast Highway west, exit at Sunset Beach.
It was only fitting that because I began my trip on one of the most beautiful roads in the world, that I should end it on one of the worst.
15 is a bland, viewless stretch of highway in which the primary purpose
ferry gamblers and truckers from
first one when leaving Vegas is
never understood why people would endure four hours to get to
Now it is more appealing. There are two golf courses, and the hotels have features like a rollercoaster, but still, you are only a half hour from Vegas, why not continue?
marker is the town of
also has some of the highest gasoline prices in the country.
Fortunately I got
some gas at Stateline and didn’t have to stop and fill up there,
lesson on a recent bike trip to
was in Helendale, which is between
have to go on Route 66 to get there and it is like a time machine. The
road runs alongside the highway and trains are constantly running up
I got to the town, I went right on
now 80, is a former burlesque performer and has built a museum on a
ranch that she lives on.
Dixie Evans shows off pictures of her during her Burlesque career.
The museum is a tribute to the burlesque era and the strippers that worked at the shows.
There is an incredible amount of artifacts on display, including pictures of some of the famous strippers, such as Gypsy Lee Rose, Tempest Storm, Sally Rand, Chesty Morgan, and Blaze Starr.
museum was started by Evans 15 years ago and every year hosts a pageant
brings back the stars of that era, as well as strippers of today.
The stage for the Miss Exotic World Pagent.
Evans gives tours of the museum to people and groups, often dressing up in costume. She is as polished in providing the tour as she was as a dancer 50 years ago.
It was a nice break on the monotonous ride and gave me the second wind to go the rest of the way home.
I reached Wrightwood, which is above
would have been faster to take another route home, but I wanted to see
The ride to my house had the ocean to my left and I stared at it for most of the ride.
There was a the water tower that has been converted to a home, Taco Surf restaurant, where they make a great grilled red snapper, and Mothers, a quaint little beer bar that used to be a ticket station for the Red Line cars 70 years ago.
I pulled up next to my garage and went up to my apartment. I stripped off my clothes, thinking I wasn’t going to be wearing jeans for a while and threw on my bathing suit and went to the beach. The water was a bit cold, but it didn’t bother me.
As I treaded in the