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I’ve Been Everywhere

I’ve Been Everywhere

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.

Of course, the song isn’t specifically about Route 66, but Route 66 is the ultimate road trip.  Route 66 is the Mother Road!  The song does mention Route 66 locations.  In fact, we should see how many Route 66 locations people can list.  Comment on our Facebook page the Route 66 cities mentioned in the song.

You can bet that Paul and Brent will be listening to this while they drive.

Nine Months

Nine months isn’t a reference to pregnancy… it’s how many months before our 2017 Route 66 Tour.  We have the same amount of time to prepare as it takes a human baby to gestate.  (Okay, that was a reference to pregnancy, but nobody is pregnant here.)

Sponsors

We need sponsors.  This is a huge undertaking and we want other businesses to benefit from our broadcasts and posts.  It’s a win-win situation for both of us.

Studying for the Trip

We’ve been studying hard for this trip.  Brent has been reading about decommissioned sections of Route 66.  Some require doing a little searching.  Driving ALL of Route 66 is not as easy as taking I-40 across the country.  (Note:  I-40 parallels Route 66 in many places.)

Because of this studying, we plan to make this the most comprehensive, live, virtual tour of Route 66 ever.  You can tune in daily as we take the trip and see what we saw and did along the way.

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A Route 66 Rest Stop

 


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Route 66 Bus

Route 66 Bus

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.

This is one of the things that attracts me to Route 66 — the eclectic nature of what you’ll find.    I’m looking forward to visiting this museum and seeing the Hippie RV.  (Thank you to my friend Gary Morse for bringing this to my attention.)

Sponsorships

We need sponsors.  In return for your investment we will promote your business.  We will start immediately by posting links to your web site here.

Here is a quick summary of what $100 in sponsorship gets your business…

Larger contributions to our tour get even more perks.  Check out the perks here.


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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…

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
-or-
If electronic gift cards, e-mail them to brent@route66photographers.com.

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!”

Limited

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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Preservation

Preservation

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:  https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/rt66/cost-share-grants/

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…


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Decommissioning

Decommissioning

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.

It was known as the Will Rogers Highway.  Kingman, Arizona, (a city on Route 66) was home to actor Andy Devine.  This was a very popular stretch of highway.

When they decommissioned it, some sections became “business loops” along Interstates.  Some were abandoned and left to decay.  Others were adopted by local states and counties.  For example, one section is California became State Route (SR) 66.  All of this makes it literally impossible to drive Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. as one contiguous section of road.

It is common to find abandoned equipment, buildings and automobiles along Route 66.  It is the Ghost Town of roads.

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Abandoned Truck

Used To Be

It is what used to be.  Along Route 66 are abandoned buildings too.   You can’t tell what some are, while others may be obvious.  Because of this,  be respectful and do not remove anything.  If you do, there will be nothing left for others to enjoy.

As we drive Route 66 we hope to identify what those buildings were.  If we find old pictures of before they were abandoned, we’ll see if we can use them.

Ukulele


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Barbershop

Barbershop

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

It was a different era 50 years ago.  We had barber poles, oil in cans, pop sold in glass bottles, gas pumps that only delivered on grade of gasoline, and silly little signs along the road that told a joke.  (I’m talking about the Burma Shave signs.)

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Closeup of a Gas Pump

Only men went to barbershops, and women went to beauty salons.  You didn’t pump your own gasoline, and attendant did.  And, if you purchased a bottle of pop from a machine, you might get asked to finish it there so they could have the bottle back.  (Yes, we had bottle deposits back then.)

Route 66 is a journey down memory lane.

For Your Entertainment

Route 66 is even popular outside the U.S.A.  Here’s a great example…


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Dancing

Dancing

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.

 Paula Sieron

Natalie and Me Dancing (John Kidd in the background)

I wouldn’t advise dancing in the middle of the street unless you take safety precautions.  (Which we did.)  The nice thing about Route 66 in off seasons is it is empty!

For safety reasons, whenever someone steps in to the street, make sure someone else is spotting.  Consequently, the spotter should give clear instructions to get off the road well in advance.  (And, I would NEVER do it on a multi-lane highway or boulevard.  )

Another thing to do is put your flashers on.  You might have people stop and ask, “Do you need help”, to which you simply smile and say, “Just taking a few pictures.”

The Dessert

The section where we stopped was in the Arizona desert just east of Pahrump, Nevada.  This is a beautiful section.  A winding road takes you to the top of a mountain where Oatman, Arizona, is situated.  This little mining town is a delightful place to visit, but most of all, it is a blast to the past.

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Outside Oatman, Arizona

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Oatman, Arizona, Main Street

For Your Entertainment

Who doesn’t like George Benson?  Here’s his rendition… time to get mellow…


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Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

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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Oil Cans

She, and the other children, were surprised that oil came in cans (see above).  A spigot sat nearby.  I explained how it worked.  It was an example of why things like this are important.  Route 66 is part of history.

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Chicago to L.A.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available for any business, anywhere.    Watch our sample VLOG by clicking here.  If you want, we’ll even mention your city when we post about your business.

“A special thanks to Bay Photo Labs in Scotts Valley, California,” is an example of what we will say.

Displaying your logo on our web site with a link to your website will increase your website’s search engine optimization too.

Bay Photo Labs Logo

 

For Your Entertainment

Van Morrison sang Moondance back in the early 70s. It was one of my favorite songs.

I didn’t realize he also covered the Route 66 song.  Here’s a great rendition of the theme song…