Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

That is exactly what Paul and I did.  We started at Desert View (east end) and worked our way to the west end of the South Rim.  We met lots of people.  Half the fun was walking around offering to take people’s picture (instead of their attempting a selfie), and then taking pictures with our cameras.

We met a wedding photographer whom I told about PPA and Bay Photo.  She says she has a lab, but I recommended she set up an account and do a sample order.

Where’s Paul

The Canyon was crowded.  At one point, I turned and Paul wasn’t around.  I thought he got bored and moved down the trail.  I started down the trail thinking I would run in to him.

Soon, it was pitch black, and so I made my way back to the car.  About 10 minutes later, Paul was outside the car saying, “Brent?”  (Again, it was pitch dark.)

We were both relieved that he made his way back to the car.

Sunset at the Canyon

The sunset at the canyon was nice.  While it wasn’t real dramatic, the lighting against the west facing walls was the cool part.

I’m just going to show you the pictures and let you enjoy them…


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Continental Divide

Continental Divide

We crossed the continental divide this evening.  It was golden hour, and guess what?  We took pictures of it as the sun started its final descent.

I’m going to start off with shout-outs to our partners and others…

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Hawthorne Suites, Alburquerque

We spent a great evening at the Hawthorne Suites in Albuquerque.  They treated us very nicely.  The rooms were clean and nice.  There are many services, restaurants and stores nearby.  They provided us with a very nice room.

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Tonight’s Hotel – Holiday Inn Express, Gallup, New Mexico

Tonight we are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Gallup, New Mexico.  We’ve been treated like royalty since arriving here.  They provided us with a great recommendation for dinner.  We thank them for the room.

We took the front desk’s advice at the Holiday Inn Express and went to Jerry’s downtown Gallup.  The gave us a wonderful meal.  I had chili rellenos, enchilada and a taco plate, and Paul had pork covered with green and red sauce (Christmas, as they call it).  They brought out a basket of sopapillas and a bottle of honey.

I was in food heaven.

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The Staff at Jerry’s Cafe in Gallup, New Mexico

Thank you to Bay Photo Labs.  We met several photographers today and provided them with press printed book marks, and highly recommended Bay Photo Labs.

Republic Wireless came through today too.

Geology

Today we saw more geology than we did old wrecks and abandoned buildings.  It is a nice change.  Some of the country Route 66 passes through is beautiful.  We saw buttes, cliffs, mesas, mountains, rivers, lava beds and high plains.

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New Mexico Landscape and the Continental Divide (with train in the foreground)

New Mexico

While I was disappointed in Albuquerque’s vagrant problems, overall, the people of New Mexico are very friendly.  There is a scam going on here.  A man comes up and tells you he was on his way to ___ and from ____ and his truck broke down.  He then asks for money.  We’ve seen this twice in 24 hours.

Other than that, once we got away from the big city, we got away from the drug pushers, prostitutes and scammers of Albuquerque.  Somewhere along the way, we stopped at a small burger joint and everyone said, “Hi”, to us and welcomed us to their restaurant.

The people at the Holiday Inn Express and at Jerry’s Grill have been especially friendly.

 

 


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Sunrise Tagging

Sunrise Tagging

Nothing like a little sanctioned vandalism first thing in the morning.  Sunrise tagging is the thing to do at Cadillac Ranch where 10 Cadillacs are buried with their butts sticking in the air.

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Before the Sunrise

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After Dawn

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Sunrising

Heading West

We’re heading west to Tucumcari, New Mexico.  On the drive I talked to my cousin Kimberly Little (author of several books).  Her and her family live near Albuquerque and we’re hoping to meet when we travel through town.

We stopped at the midway point of Route 66.  It’s just east of the New Mexico State Line.  There’s a diner and a gift shop next door.

The lady at the Sunflower gift shop was the inspiration for Flo in the movie Cars.  We took a picture with her and she signed a postcard I bought.

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Me, Paul and Fran (aka Flo)

Tucumcari

We got to Tucumcari sooner than we expected.  We gained an hour because we went from Central to Mountain time.  While having an extra hour sounds great, we’re beat.  The day has worn us out.

Our motel Quality Inn is VERY clean.  While it’s a very old hotel, it has recently been going through updates.  My room as new carpet and is one of the cleanest rooms I’ve ever stayed in at a motel.

The staff here has been great too.  I HIGHLY recommend Quality Inn here in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

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Room at Tucumcari Quality Inn

The pool was nice an refreshing giving it reached about 100 today.

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The Pool at the Quality Inn in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Old Cars, New Friends

I spotted this place with a bunch of old cars, mostly Ramblers, behind a chain link fence.  The sign warned it is private property and guarded by a dog who will bite.  There was a phone number on the fence.  I was about to call it when a man in a big pickup truck pulled up and his front plate read, “Rambler”.

He was on the phone, but he opened the gate, and beckoned us in.  He motioned as if to say, “take pictures”.

We did, and later he got off the phone.  He was so nice.  He invited us to have a bottle of water or soda, and let us take photos of whatever we wanted to photograph.

I had to get a picture of this AMC hood ornament.

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American Motors Hood Ornament

I never knew AMC had hood ornaments.

We had a fun time visiting with him.

Lots of Thanks

A lots of thanks to day to…

  • MoLight – for great lighting products that can be used on location
  • Bay Photo Labs – We had fun placing Bay Photo stickers where allowed
  • Republic Wireless – great coverage today!
  • Quality Inn – for a couple of very nice rooms for Paul and me, a nice clean pool for us to refresh ourselves in, and great recommendations for dinner (Dell’s Diner)
  • Danny – for the cold bottle of water on a very hot day.

 


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MO KS OK

MO KS OK

MO KS OK in one day.  We went from Missouri, through the corner of Kansas and ended in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We covered a lot of miles.

Our stay last night at Enlight Inn.  I had the Hippy Shake for breakfast (because I’m a fan of Tommy James and the Shondels).  Kale and spinach in a shake never tasted this good.  Again, if you find yourself in Joplin, Missouri, you should stay at Enlight Inn.

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Paul tries out the Virtual Reality at Enlight Inn

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Owner of Enlight Inn (left) talks with two of her sisters at breakfast.

Driving Along

We’d stop when we would see anything interesting.  This old roadster was almost upstaged by a MG VW kit car, but this obviously is more authentic.

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Old Roadster

Inspiration for Disney Pixar Cars?

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Tow Mater

Or, was this the inspiration?

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Another Tow Mater

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Even Calls Himself Tow Mater

And, I can spot a Corvair for miles around.  Here is a coupe…

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ANOTHER CORVAIR

 

Blue Whale

We found the Blue Whale just before it got to dark.  What a cool creation.  This guy made it out of concrete.  It was originally a water park.

This iconic concrete whale is a landmark people think of when they hear Route 66.  It has an upper deck inside for viewing out the multiple blow holes.

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The Blue Whale

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The Blue Whale

Photo Shoot

We’re driving through Joplin, Missouri, this morning and we see a photographer with a light stand and flash.  We stopped.  It was so cool.

He was using MoLights!!!  He said he just bought one from Michael Mowbray.  I asked if he’d like to try the MoBD.  So, we got it out and set it up and had a fun time photographing his model.

Danny let us use his flash with our MoBD.  We brought our own transmitters (I used my TT350 MoLight) and Rachel posed for us.

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Rachel, Paul and Danny

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Me, Paul and Danny

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Me, Rachel and Paul

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Rachel and the Jimmy Johns Guy

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Using the MoBD

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Danny and Paul Shoot Away

Great Mexican Food

Mi Toritos in Galena, Kansas, smelled so good.  I told Paul, there’s a taco in there with my name on it.  So, I went in and ordered a chimichunga.  Paul came in and ordered the same thing.  We had a great talk with the guy running the place – Rafael.

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Mi Toritos

Tulsa, Oklahoma

A special thank you today to Fairfield Inn in Tulsa for putting up… I mean putting us up tonight.  Our room is clean, neat and roomy.

Other Mentions

A special Thank You to MoLight and owner Michael Mowbray for the MoBD.  Our surprise impromptu photo session with the MoBD went great.

Thank you to ACDsee, Anthropics, Alien Skin, Topaz Labs and On1 Software.  Without your products, our pictures would be bland.  (And, I wish we had more time for post processing, but we will after we get off the road.)

Thank you to Bay Photo Labs.  We told Danny all about you today, as well as a photographer we met from Santa Cruz.   (I think he was impressed that two guys from New York had contacts at Bay Photo Labs.)

 

 


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19 Days

19 Days

It is hard to believe, but it is only 19 days until we embark on Route 66.  Time passes quickly.  Most of all, we are excited!

Advertisers

A special thanks to our advertisers (aka sponsors):  presented in alphabetical order

  • Exclusive sponsors
    • Bay Photo Labs – our official photo lab!
    • Republic Wireless – our official provider of voice and data services!
  • Non-exclusive sponsors
    • ACDSee Software – Image processing software.
    • Alien Skin Software – Image processing software.
    • Anthropics – makers of PortraitPro, PortraitBodyPro, LandscapePro and SmartEditor
    • Fine Art by DB – Fine art prints for your home, office and business.
    • MoLight – Photographic lighting solutions
    • Nataliacha Doodley Do – Whimsical graphic arts (our logo was designed by Nataliacha Doodley Do)
    • On1 Software – Image processing software.
    • Topaz Labs – Image processing software.
    • Warner 5 Color – Pad printing.

Not Too Late

It is not to late to jump on the advertising bandwagon.   The last to join was Warner 5 Color.  They print on most anything.  In addition, they can even print on unusually shaped objects.

I shipped Warner 5 Color a few dozen hand mirrors and provided my logo and graphics for the back of the mirror.  They are strictly printers.  Therefore you provide the product to be printed on, and they do the printing.

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Front of the Mirrors

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Back of the Mirrors

After searching all over for something to provide them, I found these small hand mirrors.  Most noteworthy, they suggested I provide something for the mirror surface too!

These are the proof photos they emailed.  I can’t wait for them to arrive.  Furthermore we will be handing these out as a “thank you” to select people along Route 66.


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Sample Video Blog

Sample Video Blog

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.

Route 31 – October 14th, 2016

Today Paul and Brent hit the Village of Palmyra, New York, on New York’s State Route 31.  If NY SR 31 is Western New York’s Main Street, then Palmyra is the hub.

Situated halfway along NY SR 31, Palmyra is known as the Queen of the Erie Canal.   This little village, founded in the late 1700s, became a bustling place in the 1820s because of the Erie Canal.

Main Street Palmyra (Route 31) intersections NY SR 21.  At that corner are 4 churches.  There is one on all 4 corners.  Guinness World Book of Records lists it as the only such intersection.

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Looking West on NY SR 31 (Four Churches, steeples, can be seen)

The Village Hall on Route 31 once featured an opera house.  Next door is the old firehouse, now a gift shop.  Across the street is Village Park.  Main Street Palmyra is beautiful with its 19th century buildings and charm.

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Village Hall (left) and Former Firehouse

Who Would Have Thought?

The crowning gem on Route 31 is the E.B. Grandin Building (aka The Book of Mormon Publication site).  Who would have thought in April, 1830, when this book was published it would be part of a world-wide religion of nearly 16 million members!

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Inside the Grandin Press Building

Paul and Brent stopped at an iconic location for lunch.  Mark’s Pizzeria, located at the east end of the business district on NY SR 31 in Palmyra, makes a great pizza.

Listen while Paul gives a little overview in today’s VLOG entry…

The pizza was great, the place is clean, and it has plenty of seating.  Sean, the manager, tended to the oven with the pizza peel (we learned a new word – peel – that big spatula they use to maneuver the pizza inside the oven.)  Paul and Brent posed for a quick picture.

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Brent (l) and Paul (r) at Mark’s Pizzeria, Palmyra, NY, NY SR 31

Thanks to…

Thanks to Bay Photo Labs for their sponsoring us.  Turn to Bay Photo Labs for all your printed product needs.

Bay Photo Labs Logo


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Bay Photo Labs

Bay Photo Labs

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

Bay Photo Labs Logo

As we visit diners and small businesses along Route 66 we are photographing the owners along side Brent and Paul.  Bay Photo Labs will be sending those businesses an 8×10 print to hang on their wall.

Personal Experience

Brent’s personal experience with Bay Photo Labs is this…

  • They care about their customers.  Bay Photo offers great customer service.  You are not an account number at Bay Photo Labs.
  • They have an extensive product line, along with some innovations that are only available at Bay Photo.
  • In rare cases where there is a problem, Bay Photo quickly replaces the defective product.
  • Watching their Facebook page you find promotions.
  • BayROES makes ordering simple.
  • It is a business success story.  The owner started in his garage and gradually grew the business.

Sponsorships

We offer many opportunities for sponsorships.  No matter where your business is, or what your business does, we can promote you as we travel.    You can choose your level of sponsorship.

Promotion of your business begins as soon as you commit to sponsorship!  That’s right, as we build up to our 2017 tour we will be talking about our sponsors.  This is not a one-time, 30-day promotion, but a year long promotion.

Even after we return, your sponsorship will live on as we do presentations.  Brent and Paul will take their presentations on the road and talk about Route 66.  As they do, they will be mentioning sponsors and how the sponsors made the trip possible.

A Jazzy Version

For your entertainment here is a jazzy version of the Route 66 Theme Song.