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!

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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34 Days

34 Days

34 days and I breakout the road trip music.  Various covers of Route 66 will be in the mix, as well as other great travel songs.

Here’s one of my favorites…

Who doesn’t like Steppenwolf?

What are your favorite road trip songs?

Post them to our Facebook page.

Here are a few more of mine…

  • Anything by the Eagles (especially Take it Easy)
  • Earth, Wind and Fire’s September (we’re leaving in September!)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Travelin’ Band
  • Johnny Cash’s I’ve Been Everywhere
  • T. Rex’ Get It On
  • Beach Boys Little Duce Coupe (and most anything else by the Beach Boys)
  • and more…

Let’s hear about some of yours.  Our facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017route66tour/

Next Few Weeks

Next few weeks I will be devoting time to getting ready.  On a long trip like this we plan to make stops at stores for provisions, however, there are simply things you can’t forget.

An example of something you can stop and purchase would be shaving cream.  However, if you forget a prescription you might not be able to stop and get it quickly.  Planning is of the essence.

My biggest fear is I’ll have everything I need to take pictures and I’ll forget clean socks.


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Let’s Make This Clear

Let’s Make This Clear

Let’s make this clear — this is not your a typical road trip.  Our Route 66 Tour is going to be very comprehensive.    I’ve studied other Route 66 websites and books, and if you have interest in Route 66, you’ll want to follow our adventures.

I’ll bet after a couple of days on the road we’ll be hearing from would-have-been-sponsors.  Don’t regret this chance.  Now is the time to set up and get on board.

The Plan to Make this Work

We realize there are many of you who will never get to drive Route 66.  You’re Americana fans, but for various reasons you’ll never drive the Mother Road.  The plan is for us to provide you with an armchair experience of traveling Route 66.

Our days will be half filled with shooting, and the remainder filled with driving, uploading images and video, and writing about our experiences.  That’s why we estimate it will take us more than 30 days to complete!

For Sponsors

For sponsors that means 30+ days of advertising.  But, not just any advertising.  Our plan is to present your products or services in context with our trip.

Let me give you an example…

Let’s suppose your company (we’ll call you Best Widgets) sponsors for a day (i.e. $100 level).  That night people following us will see, hear or read, “Hey, we’d like to thank Best Widgets for providing us with one of their widgets today.  Here’s a photo Paul took using the Best Widget.  We’ve fallen in love with Best Widget and thank them for their sponsoring our lodging last night.  Without people like the people at Best Widget this journey wouldn’t be what it is – spectacular.”

For Interested Individuals

Let’s say you’re not a company, but want to help us make this a success.    We’ll be happy to mention you too.  Just send us your sponsorship and tell us how you want to be mentioned.

Here are some individual ideas…

  • Sponsor us for the date of a friend or loved one’s birthday.  Have us wish them a happy birthday.
  • Pick a location and sponsor us for the day we’re in that location.  It could be a family member’s birthplace, for example.  Tell us what’s important about that location and who your message is for and we’ll make sure they get the attention you want them to have.
  • Sponsor us for a specific location and tell us what you want to see at that location.  For example, you may have wondered about the TeePee Motel.  Sponsor us for that location and tell us what you want to see while we are there.
    • Example:  “A special shout-out to Bob for sponsoring us today.  Bob wanted to know more about the TeePee Motel so here’s a visual tour just for Bob.”
  • You might want a postcard from a specific location.  Let us know when you sponsor us.  We’ll send you a postcard with a handwritten note thanking you for your contribution to our trip.

You can provide sponsorship via GoFundMe.

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For Your Entertainment

For your entertainment, here’s one of the best Route 66 renditions by Asleep at the Wheel (live)…


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Casting Call

Casting Call

This is sort of a casting call.  Paul and I are looking for people to photograph as we travel Route 66.  You don’t have to be a professional model.  In fact, you don’t have to be a model at all.  (Although, models are always welcome!)  Also, you could be a guy with a very cool car and want pictures of your car.  That’s cool too.

For models, we encourage you to dress for where you plan to meet us.  If you plan to meet us at a 50s diner, dress in 50s attire.  But, you don’t have to play dress up for the shoot.

If you’re a car or motorcycle owner, you can have your picture taken with your car (or motorcycle) or just the car/motorcycle by itself.  This is a chance to make your car/motorcycle famous… and possible you too.

How This Works

Here is how this works…

  • Look at our travel plans at http://route66photographers.com/dates/
  • If there is a day and location that works for you to meet up with us, contact me at brent@route66photographers.com and let me know the day and location.
  • In your e-mail, include the following:
    • Your name
    • The best phone number to reach you at (and let us know if you accept text messages)
    • A picture of yourself so we’ll recognize you
    • A short paragraph of why you are meeting us at the Route 66 location.
  • When the day gets close (1-2 days before) we will contact you and let you know if we are running ahead or behind schedule.
  • You must be flexible on the time of day.  We are driving from Chicago to L.A. over a 30+ day period.
  • When we meet, you’ll have to sign a release.
  • We’ll take a few pictures (it won’t take very long).  We’ll shoot until we get some good usable photos
  • That night, you’ll see your picture on our blog, social media pages and/or in our vlog.
  • We’ll e-mail you copies of the pictures we publish.
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Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona

We Cannot

  • We cannot photograph minor children without a parent signing a release.  And, we cannot photograph minor children without the parents being present the entire time.
  • We cannot offer financial compensation for your modeling.  This isn’t that type of venture.
  • We cannot guarantee we will agree to meet up with everyone.  Schedules are very nebulous for our tour.  We will not leave you in the lurch if we say we will meet you, but if we have to cancel, we’ll do so at least 24 hours in advance.  (We’d expect the same from you.)
  • We cannot provide “copyrights” to the images.  That would involve legal fees and involving lawyers.  But, we will give you license to share whatever files we send to you on social media, your personal website, and e-mail them to friends and family.  If you want prints, we are partnering with Bay Photo Labs.  You’ll be able to order professional prints at www.dbwalton.com.

Summary

In summary, this casting call is simply… we want to meet you and photograph you as we take this epic journey.


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A Bit Over Four

A Bit Over Four

A bit over four months before our epic Route 66 Tour.  Paul and I met for lunch today and discussed what is going to make our Route 66 Trip different than any other Route 66.  I didn’t even have to think about that answer.

The answer:   It will be comprehensive from end to end.

Meaning…

Comprehensive means we’re going to cover every mile of the Mother Road.  Even if it seems like a long and boring stretch, we’re going to tell you about it.  I know, that sounds boring, but trust me, it won’t be.

The Goal…

The goal being you’ll be able to take our blog and use it as a comprehensive guide to Route 66.  Hmmm… that has me thinking I should develop a standard so you can search specifics.

For example, I want you to be able to search for “Route 66 mile 344”, and receive a result from our blog that tells you exactly what to expect at mile 344.  You then will be able to follow any section of Route 66 and turn to us as your guide.  Another example is you could enter “Teepee Motel” and find out exactly where it is.

The Plan…

The plan is to let you see more than just snapshots along the way.  I will show you the people, food, colors, nature, wildlife and anything else we cross along the way.  Each day will be jam-packed with information and images.  If I could capture the smells, I’d do that too.

For Your Listening Pleasure…


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Before Decommissioning

Before Decommissioning

This video shows portions of Route 66 before decommissioning.  The video is an hour and 45 minutes long, but it presents a good overview of Route 66.  It’s worth watching…

I like how this video presents the people and communities.  While it is from the 1980s, it presents the importance of Route 66 and it’s place in history.  Imagine riding a bus for a week while traveling from Chicago to L.A.  Today, people fly.  Back then people couldn’t afford to fly, so they took the bus.

Bloody 66, Mother Road, and other nicknames have been given this highway.  Because you cannot drive it end-to-end any more, few people get off the Interstate to drive it.  That’s why we’re driving it.

Our Tour

Our tour will be spread out over a month.  We know many of you will never get a chance to drive Route 66.  For this reason we want to provide you with a virtual road trip along Route 66.

Paul and Brent plan to stop at every significant attraction – man made or natural.  Come night time, if we have access to the Internet, our pictures and videos will go online.  Our blog will post here along with links to our videos and social media posts.  We will also Tweet updates as they happen — signal strength permitting.

 


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Feelgood

Dr. Feelgood

When I think of Route 66, I feel good.  It sounds like Dr. Feelgood does too. Listen to his cover of the Route 66 Song.

Route 66 Trivia

How about some Route 66 trivia.  We’ll throw some at you from time to time.

Today’s trivia is this…

Route 66 was commissioned 11/11/1926.  (It just had it’s 90th Anniversary…. well, sort of… It’s now de-commissioned, but it was still 90 years ago that it became a highway.)

It took 9 years before it was paved end to end.  That’s right, in 1926 only 800 miles of it were paved.  We take pavement for granted these days.  Back then you could drive a U.S. Highway and it could turn in to a dirt road.  You had to plan your vacations carefully.  Today’s paved Interstate system is a blessing.

Want to Meet Us on Route 66?

Do you want to meet us on Route 66?

Follow our blog and Facebook pages.  By doing this you can find out where we are, and where we plan to be in the next few days.  Starting Labor Day this year we will provide you with up-to-the-minute updates.

Contact us and we will tell you where we plan to be and we will coordinate a meetup.  Photographers can join with us and shoot along side us.  Models, we will take pictures of you and share them with the world (and you).  Classic car owners, we will take pictures of your car and share them with you too.  Simply coordinate with us while we are on the road.


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Steinbeck

Steinbeck

Were you aware that John Steinbeck mentions Route 66 in the Grapes of Wrath?

Steinbeck

Yes, that’s right, Route 66 is mentioned in the classic Steinbeck novel the Grapes of Wrath.  Steinbeck writes,

Pa scratched the dry earth with his forefinger. “I kind a got a notion Tom’s right,” he said. “It ain’t goin’ ta do no good all of us stayin’ here. We can get fifty, a hunderd miles on ‘fore dark.”
Ma said worriedly, “How you gonna find us?”
“We’ll be on the same road,” said Tom. “Sixty-six right on through. Come to a place name’ Bakersfield’. Seen it on the map I got. You go straight on there.”
“Yeah, but when we get to California an’ spread out sideways off this road—?”
“Don’t you worry,” Tom reassured her. “We’re gonna find ya. California ain’t the
whole world.”

Chapter 12

Chapter 12 is his description and worth the read.  Here are some excepts:

“HIGHWAY 66 IS THE main migrant road. 66—the long concrete path across the country, waving gently up and down on the map, from the Mississippi to Bakersfield— over the red lands and the gray lands, twisting up into the mountains, crossing the Divide and down into the bright and terrible desert, and across the desert to the mountains again, and into the rich California valleys. 66 is the path of a people in flight, refugees from dust and shrinking land, from the thunder of tractors and shrinking ownership, from the desert’s slow northward invasion, from the twisting winds that howl up out of Texas, from the floods that bring no richness to the land and steal what little richness is there. From all of these the people are in flight, and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads.”

The Route

Steinbeck continues…

“66 is the mother road, the road of flight. Clarksville and Ozark and Van Buren and Fort Smith on 64, and there’s an end of Arkansas. And all the roads into Oklahoma City, 66 down from Tulsa, 270 up from McAlester. 81 from Wichita Falls south, from Enid north. Edmond, McLoud, Purcell. 66 out of Oklahoma City; El Reno and Clinton, going west on 66. Hydro, Elk City, and Texola; and there’s an end to Oklahoma. 66 across the Panhandle of Texas. Shamrock and McLean, Conway and Amarillo, the yellow. Wildorado and Vega and Boise, and there’s an end of Texas. Tucumcari and Santa Rosa and into the New Mexican mountains to Albuquerque, where the road comes down from Santa Fe. Then down the gorged Rio Grande to Las Lunas and west again on 66 to Gallup, and there’s the border of New Mexico.

“And now the high mountains. Holbrook and Winslow and Flagstaff in the high mountains of Arizona. Then the great plateau rolling like a ground swell. Ashfork and Kingman and stone mountains again, where water must be hauled and sold. Then out of the broken sun-rotted mountains of Arizona to the Colorado, with green reeds on its banks, and that’s the end of Arizona. There’s California just over the river, and a pretty town to start it. Needles, on the river. But the river is a stranger in this place. Up from Needles and over a burned range, and there’s the desert. And 66 goes on over the terrible desert, where the distance shimmers and the black center mountains hang unbearably in the distance. At last there’s Barstow, and more desert until at last the mountains rise up again, the good mountains, and 66 winds through them. Then suddenly a pass, and below the beautiful valley, below orchards and vineyards and little houses, and in the distance a city. And, oh, my God, it’s over.”

Telling

The story is telling about road travel back then.  Published in 1939, the story illustrates a distant time when things weren’t as prosperous in the United States.  You might want to read it before driving Route 66.


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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.