I'll introduce you to Wellfleet, the Mascot of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association Massachusetts Director Don Doucette. Wellfleet is holding a 1959 Chevron Western States map as he tries to pose at the historical termination point for U.S. Route 6. This isn't the spot but that's the plaque that marked that spot in 1953.
The drive from Buellton to Santa Barbara this morning was great and Santa Barbara is much more beautiful a city than I had imagined. There has to be a downside or it would be overrun with people trying to live there. The next leg was not so enjoyable driving around Los Angeles to get to Long Beach to document the termination point for the original U.S. Route 6 with Don Doucette's Massachusetts mascot Wellfleet, named for that wandering black bear they trapped in Wellfleet on Cape Cod not far from U.S. Route 6 last year. I drove Wellfleet to two of the suspected end points, both along the Pacific Coast Highway Route 1, at the intersection with Atlantic Ave. and at Los Alamos Circle a couple of miles further south on Route 1. The Route 6 termination point may have also been moved as they had done several times in Fall River according to our research. At any rate we found the dedication plaque now located on the wall in front of the new Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Ocean Blvd. not all that far from where the Queen Mary now resides. It was HOT, 93 degrees and I wanted to get out of L.A. to avoid the notorious traffic problems during the commuter rush so I hightailed it to Bishop, CA the new termination point for U.S. Route 6, 167 miles northwest through the Mojave desert and Eastern Sierras. I thought the roads in Nebraska were straight and flat but CA14 through the desert was flat, flat, flat, uphill flat climbing some 2,00 feet. When the mileage indicator signs change from listing a town, to an intersection I knew this was sparsely settled country, aright turn and 100 miles brings you to Death Valley I learned and a left turn out of Bishop will bring you to Yosemite, from the east. None the less, it is still a beautiful contrast from high density L.A.