Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Easy Mention

Easy Mention

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.

Before I tell you how you can get your easy mention, let me tell you the benefits…


  • As soon as we receive the $100’s worth of gift cards, your business will be posted to our sponsor page.  (Provide us with your business name, website URL, and phone number if you want them added to our sponsor page.)
  • By being added to our sponsor page it will increase your web site’s S.E.O.
  • We will mention your business in our blog/vlog on the day we use your gift card for meals.
  • National recognition.  Even if you’re a local business, people traveling or people who have friends in your area are more likely to refer or use your business.

How To

Here is what you do…

Purchase 4 $25 or 5 $20 gift cards from one of the following chain restaurants:

  • McDonalds,
  • Burger King,
  • KFC,
  • Taco Bell,
  • Jack in the Box,
  • Wendy’s,
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill,
  • Pizza Hut,
  • Steak and Shake,
  • Subway,
  • iHop,
  • DQ,
  • Buca di Beppo, or
  • Whataburger

Mail the cards to:
photography by db walton llc
213 W Main Street
Palmyra, New York, 14522-1027
Attn:  Route 66 Tour
If electronic gift cards, e-mail them to

Make sure you include a note as to how you want your business listed on our sponsor page.

Additional Mention

If you want to be mentioned more than once, send us more gift cards.  For each $100 value in gift cards we will mention your business.  $100 per mention.

What is a mention?

A mention is what it sounds like.  Daily we will post to our blog and YouTube.  The posts will talk about what we saw, along with photographs.  During these blogs and vlogs we will mention businesses that helped us do this tour.

For example, if you provided us with cards for Taco Bell and your business name is XYZ Corp., when we stop to eat at a Taco Bell the blog/vlog at the end of the day will say, “We thank XYZ, Corporation, for lunch today.  We ate the the local Taco Bell and this was all possible because of the generosity of XYZ, Corporation.  Go to XYZ when you’re looking for XYZ Widgets!”


Once we have enough cards for the tour meals we will not accept any more $100 gift card sponsorships.  This is a limited time offer.

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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.

You can read how the National Park Service is helping here:

Route 66 is like a huge, 2000 mile museum of Americana.  It should be part of the Smithsonian Institute in my opinion.  Never has there been a section of road in the U.S.A. that says so much about 20th century life.  From space aliens to cowboys, Route 66 is the place.

Help Us Help Route 66

I wish our request for sponsors had such an overwhelming response it would not only pay our expenses, but it would also allow us to provide funds to preserve Route 66.  So, here’s my promise.  If we end up with leftover cash from cash sponsorships we will make sure it all gets spent on helping preserve Route 66.

In terms of goodwill, we are helping build awareness of this great resource.  Our blog and vlog will allow others to see what a great resource Route 66 is.  People who decide, based off our reports, to drive it for themselves will help the Route 66 economy and thus help preserve it.

For Your Entertainment…

I like these guys.  I have no idea where they are from, but their lead singer does a great job with the scatting.

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Surface Streets

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 is now just one of the streets in town.  Driving Route 66 through Pasadena, California, meant keeping my eyes open for street names.  Portions of it were marked with “Historic Route 66” signs in white and brown, but for the most part, sections looked like any other street in a Southern California city.

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Route 66 – Pasadena, California

Turns and Disconnects

When attempting to navigate Route 66 today one must watch for turns and disconnects.  Historic Route 66 can end, and then pickup later on the other side of town.  This is because when it was decommissioned, portions of Route 66 were completely removed and built over.

Some, I discovered, aren’t worth the drive to find.  Others, however, have you saying, “I’m glad I took time to find this!”

As Paul and Brent drive Route 66 they will let you know about those disconnects and you’ll be able to see for yourself whether it was worth the detour or not.

For Your Entertainment

Enjoy these four guys as they swing out on Route 66…