Toured aa bit of Route 66 yesterday driving on it from Barstow eastward until just beyond the town of Ludlow where the scenery became sparce and 66 became a washboard of ruts and ruin. As soon as I could I got back on Hwy 40 east and while the scenery didn't improve the road surface did.
I thought about turning back as I had been on the portion of 66 that goes thru Amboy a couple years ago but when the chance came, a sign was posted pointing to Kelso, Ca and I remembered there was a depot/visitors center there and so headed north.
It was worth the detour as the scenery improved and I got to see some of Calif that is certainly off the beaten path. Then, not wanting to retrace my tour, I continued north to Baker and then back to Barstow on Hwy 15, making sort of a loop