Kingman

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Kingman

Kingman

We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand Canyon, so they have LOTS of hotels and motels.

We’re staying at the Ramblin’ Rose on Route 66.  This former Travel Lodge is typical of the 40’s through 60’s motels in the west.  A long strip of rooms with an office at the end.

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Our Hotel Last Night and Tonight

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Ramblin’ Rose

The place is very clean (no odors – one of my pet peeves).  The issue a metal key on a hotel key tag.  That’s something you don’t see any more and a bit nostalgic.

Church

Paul and I went to church here in Kingman.  Several people came up and introduced themselves.  We told them about our trip along Route 66.  It is a nice friendly ward here and only about 1/2 mile from Route 66.

Laundry Day

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Paul Loading His Wash

Normally I wouldn’t do laundry on a Sunday.  There is a laundromat just up the road from the Ramblin’ Rose Motel.  It cost $1.50 for the wash, and 25 cents for 6 minutes on the dryer.  It only took an hour to get all our laundry washed and dried

 

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A Window to Cleaner Clothes

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Paul Waiting It Out

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Free Rides Only 25 cents for 6 Minuties

Great Lunch

Lunch was great today.  We searched Google and found a diner not far from the Ramblin’ Rose.  We headed there.

Mr. D’z

We found it to be a beautiful retro diner on the outside and inside.  We met the owner, Armando, and he provided us with a wonderful waitress (Kendal) and meal.  Paul had the BLT, and I had the Andy Devine Burger.

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The Andy Devine Burger and Sweet Potato Fries at Mr. D’z

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Paul’s Sandwich Being Served by Kendal

I was all set to drink water until I asked the waitress what type of root beer they served.  She said it was their own homemade root beer.  That sold me.  It was GOOD.  VERY GOOD.  In fact, it was GREAT.

After our meal, the entire staff came out for a group photo.

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The Staff at Mr. D’z

 

Other Shots from Nearby

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Another Train Along Route 66

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A Retro Pump in a Retro Car Dealership that Sells Old Cars

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Old Car Restoration Place

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Leather Shop for Motorcyclists

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Manequins… Again

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Custom Jackets

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Cool Vespa 250

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Bel Air Behind Mr. D’z

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Matching Office

 

 


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Reunion

Reunion

I had a sweet reunion with a cousin whom I haven’t seen in years.  Living near Route 66, her and her husband met us at the Route 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We had dinner and caught up on old times.

We were trying to figure out the last time we saw each other.  It was probably sometime in the late 1980s.  It was a fun reunion on Route 66.

Leaving Tucumcari

I honestly hated leaving the Quality Inn in Tucumcari.  The room was nice, clean and comfortable, and the swimming pool was impeccable.  I could have stayed there just to go swimming all day.

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Quality Inn Pool

The breakfast was good.  True to New Mexico, there was green and red chili sauce next to the eggs.  Plus, they had cheese, onions, jalapenos and chopped tomatoes available to put on your eggs.

If you are traveling Route 66, stay at the Quality Inn when you get to Tucumcari.  Tell them Brent and Paul sent you.

As we headed west on Route 66, we noticed Tucumcari has a lot of motels, some out of business.  We stopped at the museum on the other end of town.  We noticed in an old picture of Route 66 in Tucumcari that at one time it was a bustling place.

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, New Mexico, was my favorite part of the day.  We visited another car museum there, and then we spotted a diner.  Both me and Paul said, “Nah… let’s wait.”

We then saw the Santa Fe Grill. It looked clean from the outside, and so we went in.

After meeting the owner, we were promptly seated.  Our waitress, Anna, was very attentive to our needs and provided excellent service.

I had the BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger and it was a perfect burger.  The onion rings were also perfect.  Paul had the turkey sandwich and love it too.

The things that made my burger perfect were a) the bun was toasted, b) it had a slice of onion (not diced onion), c) a slice of tomato, d) the burger was cooked just right, and e) it had ample lettuce too.  The onion rings – crisp on the outside and moist in the middle.

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Perfect Burger and Onion Rings

The place was clean and has a nice southwest feel.  They are located at 2249 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435.  Pay them a visit as you motor down Route 66.

Car Museums

We visited two car museums today.  One in Tucumcari and one in Santa Rosa. The one in Tucumcari is a general museum with lots of cars.  The other, a car museum.

In the Santa Rosa car museum I found the ultimate photographer’s road trip vehicle.  Here it is…

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Ultimate Photographer’s Road Trip Vehicle

Photographers in the cab, and equipment in those back doors.  It’s the perfect road trip vehicle.

The other must have come from Rochester, Buffalo or Syracuse…

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An Edsel Made for Western New York


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Rock Café

Rock Café

“Oh, you’ve got to eat at the Rock Café,” people tell us.

People are bragging about the food, the atmosphere and what a cool place it is.  So, we’re driving down the road and here’s this stone building – Rock Café.   We got out of the car to take some pictures, but it looked like it was closed.  There was an Air Stream trailer in the parking lot, but not much else around.

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Rock Café

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Side Yard at Rock Café

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Entrance to the Rock Café

On the side of the building is a sign that says, “Enter Here”.

It’s open.  We walked inside and there were people cooking in the kitchen.  The waitress greeted us and we decided to stay.

At first we were just going to try the bread pudding (we were told it is the best), but we ended up ordering dinner.  I had the Buffalo Bunless Burger.  IT WAS FANTASTIC.  AMAZING.  GOOD.

Of course, we ordered the bread pudding for dessert.  It was amazingly good.

On the wall in the hall, besides many signatures of visitors, is a picture of Guy Fierri from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  That impressed me.

I signed the wall with, “route66photographers.com db walton”.

Railroad

That’s not how our day started however.  Leaving Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a nightmare.  Google Maps had us going all over the place.  Finally, I found a Historic Route 66 sign and I followed the signs.  (I swear, my Google Maps App is passive aggressive.  I yelled, “Google, YOU SUCK.”  To which my phone responded, “I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand.  So, thinking I would throw it for a spin, I said, “Okay, Google, does ontogeny recapitulate phylogeny?”  She actually had the answer, but that didn’t help us any getting on Historic Route 66.)

We saw this railroad car and stopped to take pictures.  I thought it might be a tiny railroad museum.  It turns out it is a small 4-engine operating railroad.  A guy named Kevin came out and gave us the grand tour.  (Everyone we meet is so nice!)

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Railroad Engine

Old Stone House

Next I see this old stone house and stop.  A guy comes out and asks if he can help us.  I told him we were driving Route 66 and wanted to know the story behind this cool looking house.

The next thing we know his son is giving us a tour and telling us the history, showing us photos, and explaining how they restored the house from a shell of 4 walls.  The place is now beautiful.

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Stone House

The building is used for their food distribution business.  They sent us away with a honey bear and a packet of chili mix.

Car Museum

Joe Walsh may have a Maserati that does 185, but this is one sweet car.

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Maserati

There is a small Route 66 Car Museum here in Oklahoma.  While it doesn’t have a lot of cars it is only $5 to get in (plus tax), and the cars that are there are in perfect condition.

We toured it and I took pictures of EVERY car there.  Every car they had was perfectly restored.  I fell in love with a 1957 Chevy convertible.  The ultimate Route 66 cruise car.  (Okay, the Maserati was nice too, but not for Route 66.)

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Inside a ’57 Chevy

Round Barn

We saw the historic Round Barn on Route 66.  They were closed, but we at least saw it.

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The Round Barn

Thank You to Some Special Companies

Thank you to the Fairfield Inn in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the nice clean room last night.  I especially loved the breakfast – bacon, eggs and sausage.

Thank you to Republic Wireless.  Our coverage for data has been great.  We’ve been able to do live broadcasts because of Republic Wireless.  I hope you watch them on our Facebook page.

Bay Photo has been great.  We’ve given away LOTS of samples.  If someone has a camera, we tell them about Bay Photo Labs.

Warner 5 Color, the mirrors are a hit.  We gave two away today and both ladies looked at them and commented, “How cool!”

While we didn’t get a chance to use much software today or our MoB.D., a special thank you to Alien Skin, Anthropics, ACDsee, Topaz Labs and On1, as well as MoLight.

And, one more time Walworth Veterinary Hospital comes through for dinner.  If you are in the Rochester, New York, area, and have a sick pet, take them to Walworth Veterinary Hospital.

Tonight’s Room

Tonight’s room is courtesy of Broadway Inn in Oklahoma City.  They’ve provided us with a very clean roomy room with free WiFi.  It’s hospitality like this that helps make this trip possible.

Here are some parting shots…


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Across America

Across America

Here we are driving across America and we run in to a guy going the other way walking across America.  I had heard about him somewhere.  I can’t remember where, but he was the second guy I heard about.  The one is in his 70s, and this guy, a younger guy.

So, we’re driving down Route 66 and he pass this guy pushing a car, draped in the flag.  I spun the car around and we drove up to him.

“Hey, are you the guy who is walking all of Route 66?” I yelled.

He responded that he was.  I asked if we could interview and photograph him.  He was more than happy to oblige us.

 

 

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G. and His Flags

G.

We’ll call him G. (he said we could) because it was hard to catch is name.  We talked for a while and he told us about the 3 flags he is carrying – The US Flag, the flag of England, and a Native American flag.  He’s asking people to sign his flag, which we did.

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Paul, G. and Me

Before we parted company, G. asked if we could pray together.  He asked me to say the prayer.

Uranus

We stopped at a place called Uranus.  The owner has one weird sense of humor.  There’s the “Axe hole”, they thank you for “picking Uranus”, and more.  This is for real.  The is the place that has the motto, “The best fudge comes from Uranus.”

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Axe Hole

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Uranus Police Car

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Welcome Sign

We were met at Uranus by a photographer named Jax.  She showed us around, took pictures of us, and then treated us to lunch at Nona’s in Waynesville, Mo.  The owner Julie and her daughter Kaylynn showed us great hospitality.

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Julie and Kaylynn at Nona’s

There at Nona’s we met several locals — mostly women with husbands serving in the military at a nearby Army Base.

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Brittany and Her Labordoodle

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Mother and Child

Special Thanks

A special thanks today to Bay Photo for samples to hand out, Walworth Veterinary Hospital for dinner tonight, Topaz Labs for the software I used to process a picture of a bridge on Route 66, ACDsee because that’s what I use every night to prepare these images, On1 Software, Alien Skin Software and Jax for treating us to lunch and giving us the grand tour of the area.

We also want to say that Comfort Suites in Rolla gave us the best room we’ve seen yet.  Plus, breakfast was included. The place was clean, no odors or smells, and had great amenities.  If you’re ever in Rolla, I recommend you stay at Comfort Suites.


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Things Normal

Things Normal

All things normal in Normal, Illinois, today. Our motel isn’t the greatest.  In fact, it has to be the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed at.  It’s not right on Route 66, so I’m not going to say any more about it.

Normal is a college town.  At first, we wondered why all these kids weren’t in school.  When we saw we were next to University of Illinois, it hit us.  They are college students.  (They look younger every year.)

We’re walking down the street and a couple asks what we’re doing.  We told them about our Route 66 trip.  They told us about cool things to see between Normal and Springfield.

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Normal Couple

Paul saw this coed working on her laptop.  After taking pictures outside, we went inside and asked her permission to take the picture.  She was happy to oblige.

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College Co-ed at Coffee Shop Working on Homework

Atlanta

There is an Atlanta, Illinois.  Everyone told us the diner to eat at is the Atlanta Palms Diner.  They tell us the pie is the best.  We went there, and we agree.

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The Holy Smokes Burger

Lincoln

The next big city was Lincoln, Illinois.  This city is named after Lincoln, but Lincoln was not from there.  He was from Springfield (our next stop).

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Display in Lincoln Courthouse

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Lincoln Theatre in Lincoln, Illinois off Route 66

Springfield

Our final destination is Springfield — The Capital of Illinois.  It is the home of Abe Lincoln.  He’s buried here too.  He and Mary Todd were married here.

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Springfield, Illinois, Capital Building

 


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The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

Today the journey begins.  We left South Bend, Indiana, and headed to Chicago.  Our GPS led us right to the start of Route 66.  I was wondering where we would find parking, but there it was — Parking Straight Ahead.

We learned quickly Route 66 has two roads at the start Adams Street (heading west), and Jackson Street (heading east).  Walking to Adams Street we found the historic marker for the START of Route 66.  It’s right across the street from the Chicago Art Institute.

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Start of Route 66 (Willis Tower in the background)

Because Chicago is a big city, there is a mix of the old and the new.  Without some research, you may not know what was there when Route 66 was a U.S. Highway, and what was built after its decommissioning.

Along our way, a friendly lady stopped to chat.  She was excited for us.  I presented her with one of our Route 66 mirrors.

We came to a plaza with a farmers market.  I’m a sucker for cheese we bought some brie with apricot and almonds and a baguette of bread.  That was lunch today.

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Baguette and Brie

We continued down to what used to be called Sear’s Tower, but now Willis Tower.  That’s when we cut over the Jackson Street and began our walk back to the car.  Jackson is the east-bound portion of Route 66 in downtown Chicago.

There at the end of Jackson Street is the sign marking the END of Route 66.

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Even Bicycles Have Character on Route 66

It was very easy finding the parking lot, but it wasn’t so easy finding how to get back in to the underground parking log.  Jokingly I told Paul, “We passed through a one-way portal.”

We found a door, opened it, and it was the stairs down to the parking lot.  They hide it well.

Leaving Chicago

The drive leaving Chicago is interesting.  Part of the road has a frontage road.  That’s the only way to stop to take pictures.

We found this bicycle strapped to a lamp post.  Because of the sign, it is deserving of a photo…

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Bicycle Memorial

On the other side of the bicycle was a collection of silverware.  There was nobody around to ask the story behind the bicycle and its decorations.  Thus, there’s definitely a story there.

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Decorating the Bike

Castle Carwash

We found what used to be the Castle Carwash.  A man named Nathan was walking by and told us the man who owned the place was killed here.  Well, I don’t know if that’s true, but the building stands unused.

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Castle Carwash

As we were talking to Nathan, two L.D.S. Missionaries walked by.  I called out, “Elders!  ELDERS!”, before they turned around.  I asked to take their pictures and share them online.  They gladly posed with the Fire House Church in the Background.

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Two Elders We Met Along Route 66

Henry’s

As soon as I spotted Henry’s, I knew we had to stop.  This iconic hotdog diner dons a huge hotdog above a neon sign.  As a result, we stopped and ate dinner.

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Henry’s – Cicero, IL

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Polish Dog and a Malt

Randy

I was checking out a 1960 Coupe DeVille when this guy came out and asked if we had questions.  I noticed his tattoos.  Now, I’m not a tattoo guy, but this guy has Route 66 tattooed on his arm.

Randy agreed to let me photograph him.  (And, Bay Photo Labs will be sending Randy an 8×10 he can hang in his shop.)

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Randy

Randy is working on other cars.  He gave us a quick tour.  His shop is located in McCook, Illinois .  He is right next door to Steak n’ Egger.

White Fence Farm

These two cows are at a HUGE restaurant, petting zoo, and take-out place named after… none else… than the white fences.  The place is worth the visit inside.  They have old cars, motorcycles, appliances, toys, dolls, as well as big restaurant that specializes in chicken.

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White Fence Farm

Joliet, Illinois

Our destination tonight is Joliet.  We entered town and saw this ice cream shop — Kicks on 66.  We stopped.

Two sweet young ladies gave us a map of the area, and asked where we were from.  I ran to the car and got a couple of Route 66 Mirrors created for us by Warner 5 Color.

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Ice Cream Shop in Joliet

On the top of the ice cream shop are none other than Jake and Elwood — the Blues Brothers.  What a kick!

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Blues Brothers

Next to Kicks on 66 is a park with several kiosks about Route 66.  We didn’t wander the park because it was starting to get dark.  However, we did go across the street and took pictures of Dick’s on 66.  (Dick’s… Kicks… on 66…)

Besides, I couldn’t resist when I saw Car 54.  Ooo!  Ooo!

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Car 54, where are you?

As we entered downtown Joliet we cross this old draw bridge.  The river and lights were too much to resist.  What a nice ending for a long day.

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Joliet, IL – Drawbridge

Special Thanks

Special thanks today to…

Warner 5 Color — the mirrors are a HIT.  I think I gave away 3 today.

Bay Photo — Randy is very deserving of the 8×10, and we’ve handed out several cards and a couple of Route 66 pins.

ACDsee — all images in the blog today were processed using ACDsee Ultimate 10.  I had a LOT of images to sort through and ACDsee was fast and efficient.  (Readers, if you don’t know what ACDsee is, it is like Adobe Lightroom… only better in many ways.)

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TOMORROW

TOMORROW

I’m sitting here in my hotel room in South Bend, Indiana.  Tomorrow we hit ROUTE 66!!!  The plan for tomorrow is to get up, eat breakfast, and head to the eastern terminus of Historic Route 66.

I’m stoked!

Notre Dame

I didn’t realize we would be staying tonight across the street from Notre Dame University.  While it would be a cool place to photograph, our mission is Route 66.  Notre Dame will have to wait for another day.

Today’s Drive

Today’s drive went smoothly.  We hit some rain as we entered Indiana.   But, frankly, there’s not much to see between Buffalo, NY, and South Bend, IN, except for farm land.  Lots of farm land.

Route 66

We stopped in Angola, New York, to pick  up a bag of ice.  As I’m walking in to the service station, and elderly lady walking out sees my shirt and exclaims, “ROUTE SIXTY SIX!”

That’s all.  She was excited to see my Route 66 shirt.  It’s nice to know there are Route 66 fans here in New York.

Well, it is time to get some rest.  We’re trying to decide what time we want to leave in the morning.  My guess is we will take it slow and leisurely.  The excitement starts tomorrow.  I hope you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, here.  The links for social media at the top of the screen in the right corner.

Tomorrow night we’ll be in Joliet, Illinois.  It’s a little south west of Chicago.  From there, things get a bit rural until we get to Springfield, Illinois.

Please follow us and we’ll keep you updated as we travel along.


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Three Days

Three Days

We’re down to three days.  In three days this show hits the road.  I’m both excited and stressed out.  I’ve never done anything like this in my life, however, I hope to turn my nervous energy  in to enthusiasm which you all can enjoy.

I just posted a short video on Facebook (click here).  The car is packed (to the brim) and ready to go.  Tomorrow I rest.

A Test

This was a good test.  I wanted something already packed in the car.  I was able to retrieve it without an avalanche of clothes and equipment.  Because I was able to do this, the packing is good.

Paul suggested I photograph everything so we can repack it as well as my wife packed it.  (Yes, my wife packed the car.  She’s darn good at it, and as long as things go back the way she has them, we will be okay.)

Three Days

Trunk Packed to Capacity

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Backseat Packed

Rejection Can Be Good

We’ve been rejected by several potential advertisers/sponsors.  That can be a good thing when you discover something bad about their services or products.  Such was the case with one potential sponsor.

As one of their customers, I had opportunity to contact their customer service to schedule a repair.  Before receiving the item for repair, they were nice.  Once they got the item, the niceness turned off.  It’s too bad because they have a great product.  They need to work on their repair turnaround and politeness.

So, from that standpoint, I’m kind of glad they didn’t respond to our request.

Acceptance is Always Good

On the other hand, the companies who are advertising on our website are great.  We’ve had opportunities to contact their support departments and they are kind, polite and prompt.

It’s kind of funny…

One wireless provider kept playing email ping-pong with me.  However, once I contacted Republic Wireless the deal was completed in the matter of moments.  It was basically… “Route 66… we’re in.”

Republic Wireless I’ve been a Republic Wireless customer for a couple of years now.  So, if you’re wondering why I didn’t go to them in the first place it was simply this…  The other carrier had one of those WiFi hotspot boxes.

I know… stupid reason.  I’m a gadget freak.

My Republic Wireless phone, a Motorola Moto G5 Plus, allows me to use it as a WiFi hotspot.  So, it’s not like I’m missing anything.  My point is this… the other company’s rejection (through a lack of response) turned out to be good because Republic Wireless picked us up.  And, Republic Wireless is just plain great.

 


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5 Days

5 Days

Only 5 days left.  Paul and I are excited.  I’ve been packing and making runs to the store to get last minute items.  This will be epic.

I will consider doing a vlog tomorrow when we pick up the rental car.  Sorry, can’t tell you what and where we’re renting it.  We will not have an “official Route 66 car”.

Road Tunes

Putting together road tunes is fun.  I’m finding ones that deal with travel, ones that are easy to sing along with, and ones with a good beat.  I found this on YouTube.  Perhaps I can find it on Amazon Music.

I discovered Morgan James a few months ago.  She’s got a soulful sound and puts passion in her music.  I love her style.

XM Radio from the rental car company is about $8 a day.  That’s crazy.  I hope the radio in the rental has a phono jack or USB.

Road Snacks

Road snacks have to be neat and not make a mess.  I’m taking nuts and granola bars.  Sparkling water is my choice of drink.

We plan to stop every hour of driving.  That gives us opportunity to grab something fresh or cooked.  In addition, it allows us to stretch our legs.


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10 Days

10 Days

We’re coming in 10 days!  That’s right.  10 more days and we hit Route 66.  So, get your engines running.  It’s 10-9-8-7…. 3-2-1 and they’re off!

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I spent the day doing yard work.  Being away from the house and yard for a month+ is a long time.  So, I want to make sure the guys I hired to do my lawn have something to cut, and so it isn’t too long.

Trunk Organization

Trunk organization is going to be a chore.  Two photographers and their gear.  Plus, their cloths… plus snacks, water, music, and more.

We want to be able to stop and take pictures without having to repack the trunk every time.  Perhaps one of us will have the left, and the other the right side of the trunk.  There is a lot of logistics to this.

I actually bought a trunk organizer for my car today.  If we need it for the trip, I have it.  Otherwise, I’ll have a well organized trunk waiting for me in October.

Bay Photo Labs

Bay Photo Labs, our official photo lab, sent me a bunch of stickers with their logo.  The plan is to plaster them where it is okay to do that stuff.  (Illegal graffiti is NOT cool.)