Birthday Girl

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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 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…

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Another Cool Shirt

Another Cool Shirt

Here’s another cool shirt with the Route 66 Photographers logo!  Perfect for driving Route 66 on those hot summer days.  Buy one and you’ll become part of this iconic venture.  You’ll be able to say, “I helped support this Route 66 Tour”.

Adidas Route 66 Photographers Shirt - Another Cool Shirt

Adidas Route 66 Photographers Shirt

Product Information

This silky, 100% polyester Adidas Embroidered Polo Shirt is ready for your customization. Featuring authentic Adidas branding such as contrast 3-stripe detailing, contrast piping, and open-hemmed sleeves, this custom polo also has large, flat-finished buttons, smooth neck taping, and a double stitched botton hem with side vents. The Adidas logo is heat sealed on the back neck. Partner your business or organization with one of the respected names in performance apparel for an affordable price.

Features Include:
– Moisture treated, hydrophillic finish
-Adidas contrast 3-stripe detail on sleeves, contrast piping on front and back sleeve seam
-Open-hemmed sleeves, a three-button placket with large flat-finished buttons, smooth neck taping and a double-needle stitched bottom hem with side vents
-Authentic Adidas heat seal logo on the back neck
AND Route 66 Photographers Logobuynow

Perfect For:
-Cruising 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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Video Coming

Video Coming

We have a video coming soon.  We will post a video, once available, that is a sample of what we will post as we drive Route 66.  We hope to have it posted in the next week or two.

Meet Up Requests

We have received many meet up requests.  For example, a group of motorcycle riders asked if they can meet us part way and follow us for a while.  Of course! The best thing to do is monitor this web site and our Facebook page.


Did you know you can watch old episodes of Route 66 on Hulu?

For those who didn’t grow up in that era, and those who miss it, you can watch them on Hulu.


Sponsoring this trip is an affordable way to advertise.  Route 66 has a following, and we intend for all our followers to know those businesses that are making this trip possible.  We’re only starting.  In a year we should have thousands of followers!

Sponsors, get your kicks on Route 66!

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Bottle Tree Forest

For Your Entertainment

We’re on the lookout for Route 66 covers.  Here’s a live rendition that has a 1940-ish feel.

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Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton

I grew up on Stan Kenton. I’ll start today’s post with his band’s cover of Route 66.  This one rises to the front of the post and not the end.

I wonder how many people remember Stan Kenton’s band.  I am thankful my mom had a collection of his records.

Getting Ready

Getting ready for an event like this is a huge undertaking. The biggest job is lining up sponsors.  We can use all the help we can get.

For this reason we ask for all reader’s help.  If  you are not in a position to sponsor the trip, read our sponsorship page, and then let us know if you have a contact name and phone number for us.  For example, if you know someone at one of the big camera companies, restaurant management, hotel management, etc., we’d like a referral we can follow up on.

Better yet, if you are in a position to grease the skids for us, please let us know.  Just e-mail

Some talking points to share with your friend…

  • In return for sponsorship we are will be plugging the sponsors’ business
  • Our web posts will increase S.E.O. for our sponsors’ websites.
  • We offer several options.  Click here.


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I’ll address heartbreakers and broken hearts later.  Before I do that, let’s look at what else we will do on this trip.

Do you know what a Flat Stanley is?

Flat Stanley

A Flat Stanley is a child’s drawing of a guy (we call him Stanley) that travels all around the world.  As he travels with his traveling companions, his traveling companions take pictures of Stanley in exotic, far away places.

Your Flat Stanley Opportunity

Here is your Flat Stanley Opportunity…

We will take your Flat Stanley on Route 66 with us.  To do this, you must do the following:

  1. Sponsor us for a minimum of $100.
  2. Print a Flat Stanley (many templates available on-line – click here to see), color him (or her… we don’t discriminate).
  3. Send us your Flat Stanley along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE).

Here is what we will do…

  1. We will only accept 7 Flat Stanley’s – one for each day, Sunday through Saturday.
  2. On your Stanley’s day will will take a picture of Stanley wherever we are that day.
  3. We will post the picture of YOUR Stanley on our Facebook page and in our blog that day.
  4. When we complete our trip, your SASE will be mailed from the nearest mailbox we find at the western terminus of Route 66.

Wouldn’t this be a cool gift for a grandchild, someone you miss, someone who needs a little extra love and attention, or just to get noticed?


  1. We will not accept Flat Stanley’s without meeting the sponsorship requirement of $100 (minimum).
  2. Flat Stanley must be tastefully clothed (no exposed body parts between the shoulders and the knees).
  3. Flat Stanley cannot have an text or markings on him except for the following:  Route 66 sign, the text, “US Route 66” or “Route 66” or “US 66”.
  4. If you don’t include a SASE your Flat Stanley cannot be returned.
  5. We will not take requests for where and when we photograph Flat Stanley.  (i.e. You may not ask for a photo of him by the Grand Canyon, or in Winslow, Arizona, etc.)
  6. Please write your contact information on the back of your Flat Stanley.
  7. Your Flat Stanley must be no taller than 11″ or wider than 8.5″ and no thicker than 1/8th of an inch.
  8. We will not guarantee Stanley will be 100% protected from the elements.  We will do all we can to protect him/her from rain, dust and wind, but he will be exposed to the elements.  He may return as a well seasoned traveler.

For in-kind sponsorships, please visit

Click here to register for a Flat Stanley Sponsorship.

For Your Entertainment

While I’m not a big Tom Petty fan, I knew a lot of kids growing up who were.  Here’s Tom Petty performing the Route 66 Song…

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The Stones

The Stones

There are a lot of rocks along Route 66, but what does the Rolling Stones have to do with Route 66?

Read on to find out.

Speaking of stones, there are some beautiful rock formations on and near Route 66.  It is near the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion’s Canyon and Canyon de Chelly.  Oatman, Arizona, is on top of a rocky mountain.

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Near Oatman, Arizona

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, while not on Route 66, is only an hour’s drive north.  If you’re in Williams, Arizona, it is worth spending a day at the Grand Canyon.  The entire canyon is made of STONES.

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Grand Canyon

Brent’s last visit to the Grand Canyon was in February, 2008.  Snow dusted the canyon walls (yes, they get snow there), and it was windy, blustery, cold.  This created a sharp contrast between the red rock walls and the white snow.

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Lone Pine Tree

The above tree was photographed at Desert View during the snow storm.  The snow filled air created this haze over the canyon.  Normally, from this vantage point you can see the canyon below.  Not this day.  The dramatic weather created an additional danger which makes it all the more beautiful.

Brent and Paul don’t expect to hit snow next September, but they will visit the canyon.  Depending on time they might also visit the other canyons near Route 66.  The trip is about Route 66, and not the canyons, however they hope to show people the scenery nearby.

Even the Stones Did Route 66

Route 66 is so popular the British Rock Band the Rolling Stones recorded a Route 66 cover.  Listen while Mick Jagger sings the iconic hit by Bobby Troup.

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Life is a Highway

Life is a Highway

Life is a highway when you’re traveling on Route 66.  By highway, I don’t mean freeway or Interstate.  I mean HIGH WAY.  It’s the better way to travel.

I never drove Route 66 when it was the main artery from Chicago to L.A.  I was too young and we lived too far away, however I remember much of those Americana icons.  I remember the top loading soda machines, the cans of oil, full-service service stations, Burma Shave signs, and other things you find along Route 66.

Why I-40 Killed Route 66

People ask why I-40 killed Route 66.  To understand why, watch the movie Cars.  While it is a cartoon, it explains what happened.  With an interstate freeway, people stop less often, and when they do stop, they stop at freeway exits.

The old way of travel took you through tiny towns.  You drove by mom-and-pop stores.  You might very well find a service station in the middle of nowhere.  True, it took longer to get from point A to B, but it is the journey that matters.


And now for your entertainment…

Life is a Highway, from the movie Cars, by Rascal Flatts applies to Route 66.  It’s not the Route 66 theme song, but the movie Cars is all about Route 66.

From our Friends at B&H

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Get Your Kicks

Get Your Kicks

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

If you do, you’re not alone.  A lot of people think that.

What’s on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

Today it is mostly iconic diners and businesses, many of which have been restored.  Then, in big cities, like Pasadena, California, there are modern businesses that didn’t exist when Route 66 was in its prime.

Back in the pre-Interstate highway days, Route 66 hosted many gas stations, motels and restaurants.   It wasn’t unusual for your car to overheat on Route 66 in California, Arizona or other southwestern states.  For that reason, there were service stations and garages along the way.

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Abandoned Gas Station

More Than Just Ghost Towns

Route 66 is more than just ghost towns.  There are small communities that have survived the I-40 devastation. (When Interstate 40 was opened, many businesses and communities died.)  These communities benefit from the tourist traffic.  They host gift shops, restaurants, and other delights for the Route 66 travelers today.

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Diner in San Bernadino

Once you hit the L.A. basin, those portions of Route 66 are thriving as they are surface streets in cities like Pasadena and Santa Monica, for example.  It is when you get out of town that Route 66 becomes a piece of Americana from the past.

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Oatman, Arizona

Here’s Bobby Troup…

For your entertainment, here’s Bobby Troup’s version of the Route 66 theme song.  Bobby Troup WROTE the song, and then Nat King Cole brought it to the top of the Billboard hits that same year. (click here for the Wikipedia story)  Since then at least 50 artists have covered the Route 66 Song.


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For clarification sake, we want to reiterate that this tour is being taken by Paul Bardotz and D. Brent Walton.  It is not open to the public to join them.  (Sorry, perhaps another time.)  If you want to follow along, you may do so but we will not be reserving your hotel room, providing transportation, or meals.  We will communicate where people can meet up with us.

However, if you watch this blog and follow our Facebook page you can keep track of where we are along the tour.  If you want to meet up with us as we drive through your city, or as you drive Route 66, that’s the way to do it – watch and follow our blog and Facebook pages.

Again, for clarification sake, this is not a “tour” as in a guided tour, but two photographers doing an in depth tour of Route 66.  Others may join us but they are responsible for their own transportation, meals and lodging.

Get On The Car!

Get on the car!  Your magnetic sticker that is. We will put your magnetic sign on our touring car if you qualify.  See for details.  Like a racecar with its sponsors stickers, we’ll be cruising Route 66 displaying our sponsor’s logos.

It’s more than just having your logo on the car.  Nightly mentions, Facebook posts, and more will give your company some great exposure.  Look at our sponsorship page and see what benefits come with sponsorships.

We’ll be using products provided by sponsors.  That’s right, even down to the cameras we shoot, we’ll be using their products where applicable.

So, get on board!

And now…

And now for your entertainment, here’s Depeche Mode’s version of Route 66…