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A Bit Over Four

A Bit Over Four

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.

Meaning…

Comprehensive means we’re going to cover every mile of the Mother Road.  Even if it seems like a long and boring stretch, we’re going to tell you about it.  I know, that sounds boring, but trust me, it won’t be.

The Goal…

The goal being you’ll be able to take our blog and use it as a comprehensive guide to Route 66.  Hmmm… that has me thinking I should develop a standard so you can search specifics.

For example, I want you to be able to search for “Route 66 mile 344”, and receive a result from our blog that tells you exactly what to expect at mile 344.  You then will be able to follow any section of Route 66 and turn to us as your guide.  Another example is you could enter “Teepee Motel” and find out exactly where it is.

The Plan…

The plan is to let you see more than just snapshots along the way.  I will show you the people, food, colors, nature, wildlife and anything else we cross along the way.  Each day will be jam-packed with information and images.  If I could capture the smells, I’d do that too.

For Your Listening Pleasure…


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Children on the Road

Children on the Road

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.

copyright 2004 Zack Walton

Grand Canyon – A Short Detour off Route 66

We also took a short detour to the Grand Canyon.  None of us had seen it before, myself included.

Keeping Them Occupied

Keeping the children occupied is always a challenge.  My wife makes up puzzles (oh, and she published her first puzzle book.  Click here.)  I would make quizzes and scavenger hunt pages.  All of these go in to a folder — one for each child.  This keeps them occupied between stops.

Thank You Nicole

Thank you Nicole for bringing to our attention a very nice Route 66 overview.  Nicole’s mom e-mailed me  a link to this very cool page.

https://www.titlemax.com/resources/unforgettable-road-trips-in-america/

On that page is this link to a nice end-to-end overview:

 http://www.ridingroute66.us/Content/Download/CarTour14DayItineraryTour1.pdf

Their family is planning a road trip and found our website and sent us a nice thank you email and found our site of value for planning their trip.  Nicole’s mom is thinking of creating a blog for their trip.  When she does, we will definitely feature it here.


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Before Decommissioning

Before Decommissioning

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…

I like how this video presents the people and communities.  While it is from the 1980s, it presents the importance of Route 66 and it’s place in history.  Imagine riding a bus for a week while traveling from Chicago to L.A.  Today, people fly.  Back then people couldn’t afford to fly, so they took the bus.

Bloody 66, Mother Road, and other nicknames have been given this highway.  Because you cannot drive it end-to-end any more, few people get off the Interstate to drive it.  That’s why we’re driving it.

Our Tour

Our tour will be spread out over a month.  We know many of you will never get a chance to drive Route 66.  For this reason we want to provide you with a virtual road trip along Route 66.

Paul and Brent plan to stop at every significant attraction – man made or natural.  Come night time, if we have access to the Internet, our pictures and videos will go online.  Our blog will post here along with links to our videos and social media posts.  We will also Tweet updates as they happen — signal strength permitting.

 


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Daniel Talevi

Daniel Talevi

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!

I wonder if any of these contemporary artists would like to meet us on Route 66.  I could mic them with my Tascam digital recorder, put my camera in video mode, and add that to our vlog.

If any of you artists are listening, you have an open invitation to meet us along Route 66.  We’ll provide the photos and video and you provide the music.

More Trivia

Here is more trivia for you…

Of the original Route 66 pavement, Oklahoma contains the most.   I find this surprising because I would think Arizona or New Mexico would hold that record, but I trust the folks at Legends of America have their facts correct.

What Driving Route 66 is Like

Driving Route 66 is like driving a road with lots of detours.  Many of those detours are not marked.  You need a guidebook and maps.

Route 66 is like this because it is de-commissioned.  If you have ever hiked less-traveled trails in the woods, it is analogous to driving Route 66.  You need to navigate your way along.

Popular spots are marked, don’t get me wrong.  As a tourist you can see signs on I-40 saying, “Historic Route 66 Next Exit.”  However, some are not so clearly marked.


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Feelgood

Dr. Feelgood

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

Route 66 Trivia

How about some Route 66 trivia.  We’ll throw some at you from time to time.

Today’s trivia is this…

Route 66 was commissioned 11/11/1926.  (It just had it’s 90th Anniversary…. well, sort of… It’s now de-commissioned, but it was still 90 years ago that it became a highway.)

It took 9 years before it was paved end to end.  That’s right, in 1926 only 800 miles of it were paved.  We take pavement for granted these days.  Back then you could drive a U.S. Highway and it could turn in to a dirt road.  You had to plan your vacations carefully.  Today’s paved Interstate system is a blessing.

Want to Meet Us on Route 66?

Do you want to meet us on Route 66?

Follow our blog and Facebook pages.  By doing this you can find out where we are, and where we plan to be in the next few days.  Starting Labor Day this year we will provide you with up-to-the-minute updates.

Contact us and we will tell you where we plan to be and we will coordinate a meetup.  Photographers can join with us and shoot along side us.  Models, we will take pictures of you and share them with the world (and you).  Classic car owners, we will take pictures of your car and share them with you too.  Simply coordinate with us while we are on the road.


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Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

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.

Have a listen…

Only Seven Months Away

With only seven months away, Paul and Brent are actively looking for sponsors.  Just think… a month’s worth of intense advertising for a small investment.  $100 gets you a spot on our web site, a vlog mention with your logo, and a blog mention (also with your logo.)

Exclusivity

We also offer exclusivity!  That’s right.  Check out our list under our sponsorship page and find out how your business can get exclusive coverage during the trip.  It’s worth it.  Brent, in fact, is vowing to make this epic and viral.  To the best of our knowledge, there has never been a tour of Route 66 like this.  That in itself makes exclusivity worth it.

Fujifilm #fujifilm , Canon #canon , Sony #sony and Nikon #nikon Paul and I are hoping your paying attention.  One of you run the chance of being our exclusive camera sponsor.  The first company to step forward will be that exclusive sponsor.

Exclusive Camera sponsorship also means royalty free license to ALL of the images we shoot.  ALL!!!  100%  Even if you only use 2 or 3 images from the collection it will be worth it for what we’re asking.

Don’t procrastinate.  This is first come, first serve.


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Steinbeck

Steinbeck

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

Steinbeck

Yes, that’s right, Route 66 is mentioned in the classic Steinbeck novel the Grapes of Wrath.  Steinbeck writes,

Pa scratched the dry earth with his forefinger. “I kind a got a notion Tom’s right,” he said. “It ain’t goin’ ta do no good all of us stayin’ here. We can get fifty, a hunderd miles on ‘fore dark.”
Ma said worriedly, “How you gonna find us?”
“We’ll be on the same road,” said Tom. “Sixty-six right on through. Come to a place name’ Bakersfield’. Seen it on the map I got. You go straight on there.”
“Yeah, but when we get to California an’ spread out sideways off this road—?”
“Don’t you worry,” Tom reassured her. “We’re gonna find ya. California ain’t the
whole world.”

Chapter 12

Chapter 12 is his description and worth the read.  Here are some excepts:

“HIGHWAY 66 IS THE main migrant road. 66—the long concrete path across the country, waving gently up and down on the map, from the Mississippi to Bakersfield— over the red lands and the gray lands, twisting up into the mountains, crossing the Divide and down into the bright and terrible desert, and across the desert to the mountains again, and into the rich California valleys. 66 is the path of a people in flight, refugees from dust and shrinking land, from the thunder of tractors and shrinking ownership, from the desert’s slow northward invasion, from the twisting winds that howl up out of Texas, from the floods that bring no richness to the land and steal what little richness is there. From all of these the people are in flight, and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads.”

The Route

Steinbeck continues…

“66 is the mother road, the road of flight. Clarksville and Ozark and Van Buren and Fort Smith on 64, and there’s an end of Arkansas. And all the roads into Oklahoma City, 66 down from Tulsa, 270 up from McAlester. 81 from Wichita Falls south, from Enid north. Edmond, McLoud, Purcell. 66 out of Oklahoma City; El Reno and Clinton, going west on 66. Hydro, Elk City, and Texola; and there’s an end to Oklahoma. 66 across the Panhandle of Texas. Shamrock and McLean, Conway and Amarillo, the yellow. Wildorado and Vega and Boise, and there’s an end of Texas. Tucumcari and Santa Rosa and into the New Mexican mountains to Albuquerque, where the road comes down from Santa Fe. Then down the gorged Rio Grande to Las Lunas and west again on 66 to Gallup, and there’s the border of New Mexico.

“And now the high mountains. Holbrook and Winslow and Flagstaff in the high mountains of Arizona. Then the great plateau rolling like a ground swell. Ashfork and Kingman and stone mountains again, where water must be hauled and sold. Then out of the broken sun-rotted mountains of Arizona to the Colorado, with green reeds on its banks, and that’s the end of Arizona. There’s California just over the river, and a pretty town to start it. Needles, on the river. But the river is a stranger in this place. Up from Needles and over a burned range, and there’s the desert. And 66 goes on over the terrible desert, where the distance shimmers and the black center mountains hang unbearably in the distance. At last there’s Barstow, and more desert until at last the mountains rise up again, the good mountains, and 66 winds through them. Then suddenly a pass, and below the beautiful valley, below orchards and vineyards and little houses, and in the distance a city. And, oh, my God, it’s over.”

Telling

The story is telling about road travel back then.  Published in 1939, the story illustrates a distant time when things weren’t as prosperous in the United States.  You might want to read it before driving Route 66.


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Roll Over Beethoven

Roll Over Beethoven

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…

Less Than 8 Months

In less than 8 months Paul and Brent will embark on this epic adventure.  That may seem like it is a ways off, but it will be here before you know it.

When asked, ‘What will you be driving?’ it pains us to say… “We don’t know.”

For that reason, we are looking for a major sponsor to provide our wheels for the trip.  This can be a rental car company, a car dealership, a car manufacturer, or even a car collector.

We’re flexible too.  We can drive the car round-trip from Rochester, New York, or we can pick up the car in Chicago, IL, and drop it off in Los Angeles.  We’re willing to work with the sponsor.

If you’d like to be considered for this sponsorship, give us a call.  Call Brent’s cell phone at (925) 759-3002.

Eats

When it comes to eats, we’ll be photographing every place we stop and eat.  Special mention will be given to those diners along the way who see fit to comp our meals.  Those who do will receive a special 8×10 photo, suitable for framing, courtesy of Bay Photo Labs.  This is in addition to being mentioned on our nightly BLOG and VLOG.


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Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

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.

As I look back over 2016, I also look back to years past.  Backing up my server today, I saw some pictures one of my children took on our very first Route 66 road trip.  Route 66 was something we saw while driving to the Grand Canyon and we got hooked.

copyright 2016 db walton

My Son Zack on Route 66

We stopped at Alien Jerky and one of my children snapped the above photo of their brother standing by a car with an alien in the back seat.  Alien’s are a huge thing in this area with it’s ties to Area 51.

My daughter had to stop and kiss an alien…

copyright 2016 db walton

Kissing an Alien on Route 66

2017

2017 will be a great opportunity for businesses to come on board and sponsor our Route 66 tour.  Every day we’ll bring people updates and progress as we motor along Route 66.

As we blog (every night) we will mention those sponsors who helped make this trip possible.  This is a huge undertaking, and we will give our sponsors due credit.


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Every Day is a Winding Road

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 up to Oatman have cars that have gone over the side.  It’s part of the attraction of Route 66.

copyright 2016 db walton - Every Day is a Winding Road

Route 66 Leading Up to Oatman

Yet, the road leading up to Oatman from the west side is long and straight until you hit the base of the mountain.  (By the way, note in the above photo the condition of the road.  Let me remind you, much of Route 66 is maintained by local businesses and people.)

 

copyright 2016 db walton - Every Day is a Winding Road

A Straight Section of Route 66

Sheryl Crow

Speaking of winding roads, here’s Sheryl Crow singing Every day is a Winding Road.