19 Days

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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!


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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40 Days

40 Days

40 days for this epic adventure to start.  With 40 days before we start we are proud to introduce our newest advertiser/sponsor – Republic Wireless.

Republic Wireless - 40 days

Republic Wireless is our official (and exclusive) voice and data provider for this tour.  What does that mean?

We will use Republic Wireless’ products and services to post updates.  Live updates to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook will be done using Republic Wireless exclusively.

My Personal Experience with Republic Wireless

I retired from AT&T in 2012.  As an AT&T employee I enjoyed concessions which abruptly came to an end when I retired.  My phone bill was now in excess of $200/month for two phones.

As a retiree I wasn’t entitled to any competitive wireless benefits.  As a result, I switched to T-Mobile.  T-Mobile’s prepaid plan seemed pretty good.  $50/phone unlimited voice and data.

A good friend told me about Republic Wireless.  T-Mobile had been my carrier for a couple of years.   Being a former TCP/IP network engineer, the Republic Wireless technology is groundbreaking and worth a shot.  I took the shot.

My $100/month bill dropped to $50/month for two phones.  At times, my Republic Wireless bill has been less than $40/month for both phones.


My wife had difficulty transferring her contacts to our new Republic Wireless phone.   She called and the service representative walked her through the process.  It impressed my wife.

When it comes to calls, the service is great.  The WiFi to cell network hand-off is seamless.  To the best of my knowledge, no other phone service offers this.  Others offer WiFi calling, but once you’re on a WiFi call, you stay on that call or get dropped.  This is not the case with Republic Wireless’ technology.


Because of my Republic Wireless phone, I was the hit of the group on my last trip to Israel.  We had free WiFi in our hostel.  I called my wife and the call via WiFi worked perfectly.  Soon, others in my group were asking to borrow my phone to call family in the USA.

They would ask, “Do we owe you anything?”, or “How much is this call going to cost you?”

“Nothing”, I would tell them, “WiFi calling is free via Republic Wireless and your call won’t increase my bill one bit.”

When they would ask how much my monthly bill is, I would tell them about $18/month (which is what it was running around that time).  They would then add, “I wish I could switch.”

When I asked them why they can’t switch, they would moan about contracts.


That’s another thing I love about Republic Wireless — no contracts.  I purchased our phones outright, and I have no contacts.  In fact, I can switch plans mid-month if I want to!!!

I love Republic Wireless and I’m glad they have agreed to provide us unlimited data while we drive Route 66!