Day 8 - The Finish LineToday was the grand finale of a long journey in our effort to raise awareness and funding for Down Syndrome research. I was joined by my brother Eric and friend Brett, and they helped me make the final stretch from Las Vegas to Santa Monica. It was a really great experience. Here's how the final day shaped up:
LAS VEGAS - We had a great two days of fun time, and everyone involved was very generous to the Drive for Downs. If you are looking for details, you should know better: its just like the commercials say -- what happens there, stays there!
BARSTOW, CA - After crossing into California, we hit Barstow. Barstow is one of the cities mentioned in the famous "Route 66" song. It is easy to see why, 66 goes right through town. Despite having developed into a town with modern conveniences, Barstow has nicely added murals about their history on the sides of buildings to aid in capturing their nostalgia. Barstow was a big town in the California gold rush, and you can tell how important Rt. 66 was to their history.
SAN BERNADINO, CA - Another city from the famous song, but this one is nothing like Barstow. San Bernadino is really a big city, and it is a working class industrial looking town. Thankfully, the town has managed to keep a great building as a connection to its Rt. 66 history. San Bernadino was home to the very first McDonalds. The McDonald brothers opened it right on Rt. 66, I have some good photos of it in today's album.
SANTA MONICA, CA - We drove down a significant amount of Rt. 66 towards Los Angeles, but there were few things to see that were of significance to 66. So we decided to jump on the turnpike and head to the finish line. We hit Santa Monica and headed right to the pier -- the end of the line! The pier is a great tourist attraction, and is one of the liveliest places in the country. After visiting so many small towns, the energy was a welcome sight.
This was an amazing journey, and I hope it inspires other people to do things like this. Remember, this was an ordinary guy's attempt to do something extraordinary. The extraordinary part was not the actual drive, it was having everyone help me accomplish it. I am truly humbled, and very blessed. What you all did for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation is what really matters here. The money we raised will just about cover the cost of a researcher to conduct a trial, giving hope that modern medicine will find answers to the conditions that afflict those with DS. Those of you who have been around Emma, or anyone with DS for that matter, can understand how important the work of DSRTF is to us.
Thanks again, for everything. See you back in Illinois!