Bing Crosby

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Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

Here’s a mellow swing style rendition by none other than Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters. Let’s not forget Vic Schoen & his Orchestra. Most people associate Bing with White Christmas, but those of us old enough remember his crooning along with the Andrews Sisters Trio and their tight harmonies.

Have a listen…

Only Seven Months Away

With only seven months away, Paul and Brent are actively looking for sponsors.  Just think… a month’s worth of intense advertising for a small investment.  $100 gets you a spot on our web site, a vlog mention with your logo, and a blog mention (also with your logo.)

Exclusivity

We also offer exclusivity!  That’s right.  Check out our list under our sponsorship page and find out how your business can get exclusive coverage during the trip.  It’s worth it.  Brent, in fact, is vowing to make this epic and viral.  To the best of our knowledge, there has never been a tour of Route 66 like this.  That in itself makes exclusivity worth it.

Fujifilm #fujifilm , Canon #canon , Sony #sony and Nikon #nikon Paul and I are hoping your paying attention.  One of you run the chance of being our exclusive camera sponsor.  The first company to step forward will be that exclusive sponsor.

Exclusive Camera sponsorship also means royalty free license to ALL of the images we shoot.  ALL!!!  100%  Even if you only use 2 or 3 images from the collection it will be worth it for what we’re asking.

Don’t procrastinate.  This is first come, first serve.


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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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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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Clarification

Clarification

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 http://route66photographers.com/sponsorships/ 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…


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Advertise on Route 66

Advertise on Route 66

Advertise on Route 66 for your business.  Even if your business is NOT on Route 66, our posts are going to reach the WORLD.  It doesn’t matter where your business is, we will spread your name all over the place.

Think about this… we are spending the next year gathering followers.  Many of those followers will follow us daily.  So, think about hearing this in our nightly video.  (Assume your business is XYZ Corp.)

“Today’s journey through Cadillac Ranch was made possible by our friends at XYZ Corp.  Make sure you visit their website at xyzcorp.com!”

Even if you’re a small mom and pop shop that serves local businesses, we’ll help drive business to your web site through links and special mentions.  You’ll find it is cheaper than many other forms of on-line advertising and you’ll benefit from our own Search Engine Optimization (which is gaining momentum with each post.)

Please consider sponsoring our tour.

Trip Readiness

Our trip readiness becomes more and more crucial each day.  This isn’t a trivial drive.  Paul and Brent will be on the road for about one month.  This means planning stops for doing laundry, making sure things are handled back home, and more.  The plan is crucial!

On days when we fall short on making our mile marker, we will be scrambling to make new hotel reservations and change existing reservations.  There will be days when we overshoot our goal too.  There might even be breakdowns or flat tires along the way.  In all cases, we must prepare.

Part of that preparation is making sure sponsors sign up early in the plans.  In return for signing up early, we will reward accordingly.    A $100 of sponsorship paid today will be rewarded more than a $100 sponsorship paid two months from now.  Thus, get on board early.

For Your Entertainment

Here’s Asleep At the Wheel performing the Route 66 Theme Song….


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Going Live

Going Live

We are going live today, September 24th, 2016.  Our tour is a little over one year away, and we have a lot of preparation to do.  We are including you, our readers, in our preparation and plans.

Our plan is to broadcast and post every day of the tour.  You’ll see every inch of this historic route.  For those not old enough to know the importance of Route 66, it was the highway that connected the east to California.  There were no freeways.  U.S. Highway 66 went from Chicago, headed southwest, through the southwestern states, and terminated in Santa Monica, California.

Listen to Manhattan Transfer as they describe the journey…

What’s Epic About Our Tour?

We’re going to photograph every mile we can find.  When I say, “that we can find”, I will explain…

Route 66 was decommissioned 1984.   May portions fell in to disrepair.  Some no longer exist.  In many respects, Route 66 became to highways what ghost towns are to cities.

An important part of American history, Route 66 is the Mother Road.  For a while, there was a TV series named Route 66.  Actor Martin Milner was one of the stars of the series (also known for his role in Adam-12).

Here’s a little trivia for you… We are starting our trip down Route 66 the day before Martin Milner’s birthday!  We’ll stop on 9/5/2017 and have a celebratory lunch on what would have been his 85th birthday!

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Why Sponsors?

You might ask why we are looking for sponsors.   It’s simply this… we have our own businesses that will shut down during this period.  And, like any entertainment venue (and this will be entertaining), sponsors help bring the entertainment to the public.  Sponsors buy ads on TV shows so you can watch the TV shows at no cost.  If it weren’t for sponsors, there wouldn’t be free TV.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we’re driving this road (for however long it will take us), and we’re sharing what we find with the world.  Think of it as Guy Fieri teams with Charles Kuralt armed with cameras.  You’ll be able to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, this web site and more.


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Welcome

Welcome to Route 66!

Welcome to our Route 66 Photographer’s website.  We are live!

Here is a map to our web site:

  • Home – just as it implies.  That’s our landing page.  You will find the latest blog entries at the bottom of this page.
  • About –  Paul’s and Brent’s biographies.
    • Tour dates – these are estimated dates of where we plan to be.
    • Route links – these are other Route 66 websites.
  • Sponsorships – This tells about sponsorship opportunities.  This is a “must visit” for business owners and managers.
  • Sponsors –  This lists our sponsors.
  • Models – Are you a model?  Do you want to meet us along the way?  Check out this page.
  • Terms of Use – Think twice before spamming us.  You need to read this page before you spam us.

Check Back Often

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Road to Oatman

Check back often.  We are updating this site constantly.  It will be updated regularly before the tour, during the tour, and for a period after the tour.  Who knows, we may do this again in which case we’ll update it then too.

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Route 66 Highway

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned because we are offering branded  items.  Shirts, hats and bags are all on the list of Route 66 Photographer tours items will will sell.  Watch our blog for the announcement.