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2017.10.09, Monday
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  • Superlatives

    What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.

  • Lessons Learned

    After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this ...

  • Longest Day

    This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  ...

  • Kingman

    We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand ...

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2017.11.30, Thursday

Day 9 - Surprises in Joplin

Day 9 – Surprises in Joplin

We had some surprises in Joplin this morning.  I got up and went to the office at the Enlight Inn and ordered a smoothy.  My Hippy Hippy Shake had a few ingredients I wasn’t quite sure about, but when I got it, my fear of kale in a shake went away.  It’s taste was delicious.

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Enlight Inn Kitchen

That was surprise 1.

Surprises 2 & 3

Paul and I had been fretting because we hadn’t an opportunity to use our MoBD yet.  Our model in Saint Louis flaked on us.  (Oh, here’s a great article on the subject of models flaking.)  So, we were trying to figure out when we could use it and feature it in our blog.

We’re driving through downtown Joplin Missouri and I see this guy with light stands, camera and a model.  We parked and went and introduced ourselves to him.  If that wasn’t surprise enough, to find someone shooting downtown, he also uses MoLight!

MoLight

We asked if he’d like to try out some other MoLight products.  He was agreeable, so I went back to the car to fetch our lighting equipment.  Upon return we merged his MoLight equipment with our MoLight equipment and started shooting.

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Danny and Paul Shoot Away

Surprise 4

While we were shooting, a guy came up and asked if we’d like some free Jimmy John’s sandwiches.

Sure!

As a result we got a free lunch too.

Live is full of surprises.

 

 

 

Day 9 – The Small Stuff

Day 9 – The Small Stuff As we leave our friends in Joplin, we head southwest on Historic Route 66.  We keep seeing the small stuff as we drive along.  By small stuff, I’m talking about an old car here, a service station there and ...

Day 9 – Surprises in Joplin

We had some surprises in Joplin this morning.  I got up and went to the office at the Enlight Inn and ordered a smoothy.  My Hippy Hippy Shake had a few ingredients I wasn't quite sure about, but when I got it, my fear of kale in a shake went ...

Day 8 – Heading to Joplin

Day 8 – Heading to Joplin After seeing all those Corvairs, while we’re heading to Joplin, we come across more bridges.  It’s only fair that we stop for Paul (a retired bridge engineer) since we stopped so I could see Corvairs. ...

Day 8 – Corvairs

Make no doubt about it, Corvairs were one of the best cars ever made.  I may be a bit biased having owned two of them, but they had some unprecedented features and rivaled many other sports cars.  While it is common belief that Ralph Nader ...

Topaz Studio on Day 8

I'm taking a break from the normal recap, and reviewing one of our sponsor's products.  Topaz Studio is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. I've been around the block a few times.  There was a point where I grabbed up every action for ...

Day 8 – Start of Week Two

Start of Week Two It’s the start of week two.  Week one went quickly, and here we are starting a new week.  We’re in Springfield, Missouri, this morning.  Let’s see what Springfield has to offer. Before we hit the road I looked ...

Day 7 – Catching Up with Gee

Here we are at the end of our first full week.  On day 7 we run in to a man I read about before starting this journey.  He goes by Gee (because people have a difficult time with his first name).  Gee is walking all of Route 66.  He started in ...

Day 7 – Finding Uranus

Finding Uranus sounds gross when you say it aloud, but seriously... wait... who can be serious about a town named Uranus?

Day 7 – Leaving Rolla

Leaving Rolla Before leaving Rolla, I had a nice sit down chat with the manager of our hotel.  She talked about how busy updates and upgrades keep a hotel manager. Breakfast had sausage gravy and biscuits.  I added extra protein with a couple of ...

Day 6 – Finding Rolla

We didn't have trouble finding Rolla.  It's a pretty good sized town.  Route 66 is tricky here because there are traffic circles (aka roundabouts) and a divided highway.