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A Bit Over Four

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A bit over four months before our epic Route 66 Tour. Paul and I met for lunch today and discussed what is going to make our Route 66 Trip different than any other Route 66. I didn’t even have to think about that answer.

The answer: It will be comprehensive from end to end.

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Children on the Road

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Road trips with the family are especially fun. My first venture on Route 66 was by happenstance. We had a car full of children and saw a sign, “Historic Route 66 – Next Exit.” So, we took it. With children on the road you need to keep them entertained. Route 66 accomplished that.

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Before Decommissioning

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This video shows portions of Route 66 before decommissioning. The video is an hour and 45 minutes long, but it presents a good overview of Route 66. It’s worth watching…

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Daniel Talevi

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I dig this guy’s guitar playing. Daniel Talevi has a great style and makes the Route 66 Song swing. Ivy Markaity adds her vocals… great job you two!

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Feelgood

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When I think of Route 66, I feel good. It sounds like Dr. Feelgood does too. Take a listen to his cover of the Route 66 Song.

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Bing Crosby

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Here’s a mellow swing style rendition by none other than Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters. Let’s not forget Vic Schoen & his Orchestra. Most people associate Bing with White Christmas, but those of us old enough remember his crooning along with the Andrews Sisters Trio and their tight harmonies.

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Steinbeck

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Were you aware that John Steinbeck mentions Route 66 in the Grapes of Wrath?

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Roll Over Beethoven

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While Chuck Berry might be best known for Roll Over Beethoven, he also covered the Route 66 Theme Song. Enjoy this version as only Chuck Berry could do…

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Goodbye 2016

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It’s goodbye to 2016, and tomorrow we say hello to 2017. 2017 ‘s big resolution for these photographers is to drive Route 66 from Chicago to L.A.

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Every Day is a Winding Road

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Every Day is a Winding Road There are parts of Route 66 where the road is straight as an arrow.  Conversely, there are parts of Route 66 that wind and twist.  You’ll see both on Route 66. Oatman, Arizona is an example of one twisty, dangerous, stretch of road.  Several locations along Route 66 leading

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I’ve Been Everywhere

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One of Johnny Cash’s best songs was I’ve Been Everywhere. In the song Cash rolls of a list of locations he’s traveled. It is the ultimate road trip song.

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Route 66 Bus

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In Pontiac, Illinois, there’s a Route 66 Museum. A feature of the museum is the Route 66 Bus.. .or should I say Hippie RV.

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Easy Mention

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Here is an easy mention – an easy sponsorship opportunity. We’ve created this to make it easy and affordable for a business to sponsor our tour.

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Route 66 Shirts Arrived

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My Route 66 shirts arrived today. They did an amazing job converting the line art to embroidery. I will wear this shirt proudly.

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Preservation

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Route 66 has a preservation following. It isn’t often you have people who donate time and money to keep a road maintained, but this is the case with Route 66. It’s worth it, in my opinion.

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Surface Streets

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Surface Streets What I wrote about decommissioning Route 66 leads us to a discussion about surface streets.  Like most U.S. Highways, Route 66 (the former U.S. Highway 66) was never a freeway.  Today, sections of Route 66 are simply surface streets. In cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Oklahoma City are examples where Route 66

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Decommissioning

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Route 66 is a decommissioned U.S. Highway. Decommissioning a highway means it will no longer receive Federal funds for its maintenance. This is exactly what happened to Route 66 piece by piece.

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Barbershop

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My grandfather used to walk me to the barbershop. The barber pole outside the barbershop always intrigued me. I’d love watching it spin.

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Dancing

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Whenever I think of Route 66 I will remember dancing with my daughter, Natalie, in the middle of Route 66 just outside Cool Springs, Arizona, on the way to Oatman. Nobody was on the road. It was off season, and we had people keeping their eyes out for cars coming.

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Birthday Girl

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I’m reminded of a birthday girl today. The first time I ever drove I think my daughter Crystali got as much of a kick as I did. We had visited the Grand Canyon, but I think she had more fun on Route 66 than she did at the canyon.

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Route 66 Museums

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Route 66 Museums dot the road. Like Route 66 itself, these museums are dedicated to Americana. When driving Route 66 it is important to visit these museums.

On one such trip, my wife and I visited one in San Bernardino.

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Route 66 Sign

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I’m watching a recent episode of Scorpion and what do I see? A route 66 sign! There, in the room, on a post was a Route 66 sign.

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Another Cool Shirt

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Another Cool Shirt Here’s another cool shirt with the Route 66 Photographers logo!  Perfect for driving Route 66 on those hot summer days.  Buy one and you’ll become part of this iconic venture.  You’ll be able to say, “I helped support this Route 66 Tour”. Product Information This silky, 100% polyester Adidas Embroidered Polo Shirt

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Cool Route 66 Shirt

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Look at this cool Route 66 shirt! You can get this cool Route 66 shirt AND help support our 2017 tour.

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Sample Video Blog

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This post is a sample video blog entry. This is to give you an idea of what we will be posting as we drive Route 66. In this example, we are featuring only one sponsor, Bay Photo Labs, however the actual video blogs (vlogs) and blog entries will feature several.

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Video Coming

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We have a video coming soon. We will post a video, once available, that is a sample of what we will post as we drive Route 66. We hope to have it posted in the next week or two.

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Bay Photo Labs

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We extend a special welcome to Bay Photo Labs as an exclusive sponsor (category – photo labs) of our Route 66 Tour.

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Truckers

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Much of Route 66 is not accessible to big rig trucks. Some portions are maintained by private funds (i.e. not tax dollars.)

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Stan Kenton

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I grew up on Stan Kenton. I’ll start today’s post with his band’s cover of Route 66. This one rises to the front of the post and not the end.

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Heartbreakers

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I’ll address heartbreakers and broken hearts later. Before I do that, let’s look at what else we will do on this trip.

Do you know what a Flat Stanley is?

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Loving Route 66

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Loving Route 66 is easy for me. I miss the days of carhops, drive-ins and full-service gas stations. Even on Route 66 you won’t find a lot of those still in existence, but seeing the remains of an era gone by is worth the drive.

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The Stones

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There are a lot of rocks along Route 66, but what does the Rolling Stones have to do with Route 66?
Read on to find out.

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Life is a Highway

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Life is a highway when you’re traveling on Route 66. By highway, I don’t mean freeway or Interstate. I mean HIGH WAY. It’s the better way to travel.

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Get Your Kicks

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When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

If you do, you’re not alone. A lot of people think that.

What’s on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

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Clarification

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For clarification sake, we want to reiterate that this tour is being taken by Paul Bardotz and D. Brent Walton. It is not open to the public to join them. (Sorry, perhaps another time.)

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Advertise on Route 66

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Advertise your business on Route 66. Even if your business is NOT on Route 66, our posts are going to reach the WORLD. It doesn’t matter where your business is, we will spread your name all over the place.

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Remembering Glenn Frey

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What does remembering Glenn Frey have to do with Route 66?

Many may not realize it, but Route 66 goes through Winslow, Arizona. For those not old enough to know, Glenn Frey was in a band called the Eagles. They sung a song named Take It Easy that is about a young man standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Yup, on Route 66.

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Next Year

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Next year will bring some exciting adventures, the least of which will not be our Route 66 Photographers Tour. We are taking our time, and we’re doing it right. We plan on averaging about 100 miles a day.

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Going Live

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Going Live We are going live today, September 24th, 2016.  Our tour is a little over one year away, and we have a lot of preparation to do.  We are including you, our readers, in our preparation and plans. Our plan is to broadcast and post every day of the tour.  You’ll see every inch

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Welcome

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Welcome to Route 66! Welcome to our Route 66 Photographer’s website.  We are live! Here is a map to our web site: Home – just as it implies.  That’s our landing page.  You will find the latest blog entries at the bottom of this page. About –  Paul’s and Brent’s biographies. Tour dates – these

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