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June 14, 2019

Website Updates

You may have noticed some website updates. We've switched to a new server and updated everything.

Hopefully in the process we haven't introduced any broken links, but our site health-check will alert us to those. We will fix them as they are discovered.

You may have noticed some website updates. We've switched to a new server and updated everything.

Hopefully in the process we haven't introduced any broken links, but our site health-check will alert us to those. We will fix them as they are discovered.

You may have noticed some website updates. We’ve switched to a new server and updated everything.

Hopefully in the process we haven’t introduced any broken links, but our site health-check will alert us to those. We will fix them as they are discovered.

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Website Updates In the Meantime

In the meantime we might not be posting. It’s taking a little more work than we expected.

But, that’s okay. With any website updates there are glitches and delays. And, since I’m fully disabled, I can only handle so much each day. So, be patient

If you’re new to our site, a few words of introduction…

Who We Are

In 2017 myself, Brent Walton, and Paul Bardotz drove Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. We were on the road for 30 days. It was an epic and awesome trip.

We were even interviewed for a magazine when we returned. We also gave a few presentations. It was really fun to tell others of our journey. It was a once in a lifetime trip and I’m glad I did it when we did it.

A little over a year after returning, I got seriously ill… and I haven’t got better. It started with a flu and turned in to a rare neuromuscular disease (which they suspect was triggered by the flu). As a result, had I NOT gone in 2017, I might not have ever made this trip.

That’s the bad part.

The Good Part

The good part is I can only handle about 45-90 minutes a day on my feet. That’s largely used for personal hygiene and meals. The rest of the day I have to rest.

I got tired of watching TV, and this disease affects my eyes, so reading is really difficult. My wife and I came up with a way I can sit at my computer and will minimal physical effort (and with the help of a VERY large monitor), I can do stuff on the computer. (Mostly stuff that doesn’t involve reading… and writing… so writing this is very difficult and time consuming.) Running out of things to do, I decided to create some art around my Route 66 photos.

I created a fictional character, Charly, who is accompanying me on a fictional Route 66 trip. She’s kind of a wild kid who’s accompany this older guy (the fictional me) on this trip. We’re as different as night and day. (I’ve already taken some ribbing about Charly being ‘trashy’ and ‘racy’. It might turn out to be kind of a Cinderella story.)

October 6, 2017

Lessons Learned

After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this serves as a guide to others.

After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this serves as a guide to others.

Lessons Learned

After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share.  The lessons learned are categorized below.  We hope this serves as a guide to others.  (Note, some of these are specific to photographers.)

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Route 66

Lesson 1 – Bring Less

We over packed.  The next time I will bring less.  For example, I brought things from home that I’ve never touched.  If I would have needed them, I could have stopped at a store to purchase them.

I planned for 14 days of clothing.  However, most hotels had a self-serve washer and dryer.  Next time I’ll bring 10 days of clothes (just in case).

Lesson 2 – Give More Time

30 days to do 2500 miles isn’t enough time.  Give more time to your trip.  Perhaps one way is to break it in to several small trip.  Of course, that would be more costly, but we honestly missed quite a bit.  We planned for about 100 miles per day.  I think 40 miles per day would have been much better.

Lesson 3 – Have a Back-home Support Person

We had one.  It was my wife, Elizabethe.  She handled all of our lodging and would text us where we would be staying and the confirmation number.

Lesson 4 – Rent a Car

Don’t take your own car.  We put 7500 miles on the rental car.  Rent one with unlimited miles.  If you have the time, drive to and from on Route 66.  If you have the money, drive one way, and fly home.

Lesson 5 – Visit Museums Early

If you plan to visit museums along the way, plan to visit early in the day.  Most of them are closed by 5pm (or earlier).

Lesson 6 – USPS Offices Have Shorter Hours

If you need to mail postcards or letters, visit the Post Office between 10 and 11am, or 1 and 2pm.  We found most Post Offices closed when we arrived.  11am to 1pm, they were out to lunch.  After 2 pm they might be closed for the day.  Before 10am, they might not be open yet.  As a result, you only have a couple of small windows of time.

We actually found one that wasn’t a Post Office in spite of the building bearing the words, “United States Post Office”.  (Location:  Beverly Hills, California)

Lesson 7 – Don’t Trust Models

We had arranged for a few models to meet us along the way.  In spite of much advanced planning, they flaked.  While my professional experience is that most models aren’t professional these days.

So, if you make arrangements to meet a model, don’t be surprised if they flake on you.

Lesson 8 – You Won’t Need Certain Lenses

That’s right, you won’t need certain lenses.  You want the widest angle lens you can get without going to a fish eye.  My 15-36mm was the lens I used the most.  I wish I had my 24-70mm (it was in the shop), however my 50mm came in handy.  I brought my long zoom lens (70-300mm) but it proved to be useless for this type of trip.

Leave the long telephotos at home.  Bring the wide angle lenses.  The wider, the better.

Lesson 9 – Lots of Cards

Bring lots of memory cards.  I had enough, but it was close.  I shoot 32GB cards and filled about 3-4 cards per day.

Lesson 10 – Lots of Batteries

Bring lots of camera batteries.  My battery pack allows for 3 batteries.  There were days when I had to swap them all out for recharged ones.

You should also have a 12v charger just in case.  This way you can charge them in the car.

Also, don’t forget your charger AND don’t forget to charge your batteries at night.  You might want to bring an extra charger or two too.

The most important lesson learned is this – when you venture far from the car, make sure you have spare cards and batteries on you.  As a result, if you do not, you’ll kick yourself because you left them in the car.  This only happened to me once and I learned my lesson.

Lesson 11 – Don’t Trust Google Maps

That’s right – don’t trust google maps.  This lesson learned is a result of relying on Google Maps which ran us in circles because a freeway off ramp was closed.  Other times it lead us to empty fields with no hotel for miles. (They guy at the hotel, when we finally got there, said it happens to a lot of people.)

A good way to verify it is to turn the satellite image on so you can see what buildings are in the area.  However, the best way is to carry a paper map along with a good Route 66 guide book.

Lesson 12 – Buy It Don’t Bring It

If you can buy it, don’t bring it.

This doesn’t apply to everything – mostly consumables.  Don’t bring a lot of snacks from home.  You’ll be stopping for gasoline and potty breaks, buy the snacks then.

Bringing too much fills the car and makes the trip less comfortable.  As a result you should plan to pickup a snack when you stop for gas.  AND, don’t buy too much.  Just one item at a time.

October 1, 2017

Cheyenne

Cheyenne

Last night we checked in to the Little America Hotel here in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  It was exactly 40 years ago (October 1997) that I served as a missionary in Cheyenne for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.    It has changed a lot.

The front desk recommended Rib & Chop for dinner.  We went there and it was crowded, noisy and an hour wait.  We drove across town and back and found 2 Doors Down.

2 Doors Down

It is fortuitous we found 2 Doors Down.  When the cashier/owner, Sandy Inniss, saw our Route 66 Photographers shirt, she asked if we were Route 66 fans.  We explained we have just completed driving all of Route 66.

She pointed out a photo on the wall.  It was of the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  (We took a lot of night shots at the motel.)  She pointed out a Route 66 sign on the wall.  As we looked around, it had many Route 66 like decorations.

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Picture in 2 Doors Down, Cheyenne, Wyoming

As a result, we felt it was extremely fortuitous that Rib & Chop was too full to accommodate us.  This is where we are supposed to eat dinner.

About 2 Doors Down

This husband & wife owned establishment has been around for 8 years.  It is a sit-down restaurant, but you order and pay first, take a number to your table and they bring your meal to you.

For a very casual dining establishment, the service is better than most fancy restaurants.  Every time someone in a 2 Doors Down shirt walked by, they asked, “Can I get you anything else?”  Our drinks were kept full, and everyone there provides top-notch service.

Paul had spaghetti and meatballs.  I had lasagna.  They had homemade cinnamon rolls for today’s dessert special.  I couldn’t resist.  They were the BEST.   My only wish was that they would have had raisins and nuts.

Vidauwoo

40 years ago on a p-day, our zone came out to a place between Laramie and Cheyenne called Vidauwoo.  This pile of granite boulders made an indelible impression on me.

Again, it isn’t on Route 66, but it’s on our route home. (It’s right off I-80 and easy to get to.)   As a result, I must stop.  We stopped, and I took a bunch of photographs.

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In October 1977 I climbed to the top of the rock on the left.

Because I’m not 20 years old any more, I did not climb the big rocks.  I’m sure I could make my way to the top these days, but after that, it would take a helicopter rescue.

 

 

 

September 30, 2017

Driving Home

We're driving home.  After reaching Santa Monica, Paul and I headed to Bay Photo Labs in Scotts Valley, our next over night stop was Reno, Nevada (courtesy of John and Pam Maksimik).  Last night was in Saratoga Springs, Utah (courtesy of Jason and Amber Debenham), and tonight we're at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

We're driving home.  After reaching Santa Monica, Paul and I headed to Bay Photo Labs in Scotts Valley, our next over night stop was Reno, Nevada (courtesy of John and Pam Maksimik).  Last night was in Saratoga Springs, Utah (courtesy of Jason and Amber Debenham), and tonight we're at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Driving Home

We’re driving home.  After reaching Santa Monica, Paul and I headed to Bay Photo Labs in Scotts Valley.  Our next over night stop was Reno, Nevada (courtesy of John and Pam Maksimik).  Last night in Saratoga Springs, Utah, was courtesy of Jason and Amber Debenham. Finally, tonight we’re at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

After leaving Scotts Valley, we stopped in Pleasant Hill, California, where we met a bunch of friends Brent used to work with and had lunch with them.  From there, we went to Fenton’s at the Nut Tree and had ice cream with Brent’s in-laws.  Finally, we ended on a mountain top in Reno.  Brent’s old high school buddy, Jack (John), and his wife fixed us a nice dinner and provided us rooms for the night.

Bay Photo Labs

We arrived at Bay Photo Labs in the later afternoon Wednesday.  We were warmly greeted and given the grand tour of the entire facility.

If I weren’t already a Bay Photo Labs customer, I would be now.  Their operation is impressive, and their products more so.

We presented a Route 66 souvenir license plate signed by Paul and me.

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Paul, Steve and Me

We then grabbed a quick bite to eat, and headed to the Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk.  While this is far from Route 66, here’s a shot of a pesky gull after I chased him away.

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Santa Cruz Beach

 

September 27, 2017

Reaching the End

It's a bittersweet feeling knowing we are reaching the end.  Here we are.  We've been on the road since Labor Day (Route 66 since 9/5/2017), and now we've reached the end.

It's a bittersweet feeling knowing we are reaching the end.  Here we are.  We've been on the road since Labor Day (Route 66 since 9/5/2017), and now we've reached the end.

Reaching the End

It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing we are reaching the end.  Here we are.  We’ve been on the road since Labor Day (Route 66 since 9/5/2017), and now we’ve reached the end.

Which end?

It turns out there are multiple ends to Route 66.  There’s the official end of the official U.S. Highway (Lincoln and Olympic).  There’s the literal end-of-the-road end — off the Santa Monica Pier.  And, then there the many other places people call the end.

Pasadena

We checked out of the Pasadena Hilton after meeting with their marketing manager.  She was a delightful lady, born and raised in Pasadena.  After telling her what we’ve been doing, she was excited for us.  We took a few pictures in the hotel of areas they have updated, and then we were off.

Our first stop was Best Buy where they didn’t have the size lens cap I needed.  Why doesn’t that surprise me?  But, they had 40.5mm, just not 39mm.  Strange.

We turned around and headed back on Colorado Boulevard.  To me, the highlight of Route 66 in Pasadena was the Rolls Royce Dealership.  I had to stop in to see the all time best car.  Yeah, so it is a small $330,000 mortgage… if you decide to live in your car.

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Rolls Royce

Beverly Hills

Yes, Route 66 goes through Beverly Hills.  I was joking about the tour busses when guess what?  A Tour bus drove by.

At the park at the Beverly Hills sign was a trainer sparing with one of his students.  We asked for some photos.

Down the road we saw the Beverly Hills P.D.  I wanted to stop in and say, “Hi”, to Eddy Murphy, but something told me he was off solving some sort of crime.

The Post Office… Yes, the friggin’ Post Office, wasn’t closed… It simply didn’t exist in that building any more.  We have such bad luck with Post Offices.  It seems Post Offices along Route 66 are a hit-n-miss proposition.  The building that says, United States Post Office, in Beverly Hills is a theatre… not a Post Office.  Oh, and we were told the one down the road in Santa Monica is no longer a Post Office, but the office for a film producer.

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It Says, “United States Post Office”, but it isn’t.

Go figure.

Fat Burger

Fat Burger is a really good fast burger joint.  Fresh and tasty.  Ask for Alishia if you’re in Beverly Hills and stop at Fat Burger.

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Our Friendly Fat Burger Server

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Fat Burger

Los Angeles Temple

So, did you know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a temple on Route 66?  Yes, it does, and it was a surprise to me because we always call it the “Los Angeles” temple.  In actuality, it is in Santa Monica… with a Route 66 Address.

We met lots of people there who posed for us.

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Four Elders Heading Back to Their Areas

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THE ZONE LEADERS!

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Missionaries Serving in the Visitors’ Center

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A Family of L.A. Dodgers Fans Visiting the Temple Grounds

Our Last Hotel on Route 66

We had a hard time finding a room in Santa Monica.  Finally, we got in at the Fairmont at Miramar.  We made it to our hotel, the valet rushed off with our car and the bellman our bags, and we checked in.

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Brett Provided Excellent Service and Let Us Photograph Him (This is the front room of our suite)

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Paul by the Outside Sign at the Hotel

Words don’t describe our room.  A view of the beach, walk-in shower, huge tub, and two balconies overlooking the beach.

Yeah, we’re ending this tour in style.

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View from My Hotel Room

Ocean and Santa Monica Boulevard

As we set out to photograph the official end of Route 66, we ran in to a lot of people before reaching our end..  Here are a few…

 

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Street Performer

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Having Fun

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A Couple from San Diego

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Ernest and His Family

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From Turkey

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Locals

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From Florida

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From Italy

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Showing Off On Ocean Blvd

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Young Ladies Excited About our Route 66 Mirrors

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Street Performer at the End of the Santa Monica Pier (end of Route 66)

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Street Performer and Fan

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Mom (from Maine) and Son (now living in Santa Monica) Visiting

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Two College Students Ordering Dinner by Candle LIght

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Our Frozen Yogurt Guy

 

September 24, 2017

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 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.

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

 

 

September 23, 2017

Delgadillo

Whenever I think of Route 66, I think of Seligman, Arizona, and then I think of the Delgadillo Family and the Snow Cap Drive-In.   There's a lot to Route 66, but the Snow Cap Drive-In is at the heart of things.

Whenever I think of Route 66, I think of Seligman, Arizona, and then I think of the Delgadillo Family and the Snow Cap Drive-In.   There's a lot to Route 66, but the Snow Cap Drive-In is at the heart of things.

Delgadillo

Whenever I think of Route 66, I think of Seligman, Arizona, and then I think of the Delgadillo Family and the Snow Cap Drive-In.   There’s a lot to Route 66, but the Snow Cap Drive-In is at the heart of things.

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Roadside Attraction

The Snow Cap Drive-In is a collection of funny things.  For example, the bathrooms are fully plumbed outhouses with eclectic stuff mounted on the walls inside.  Even if you do not need to go to the bathroom, you owe it to yourself to peek inside.  Oh, and take your camera.

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Inside the Outhouse

Leaving Williams

Williams was a zoo.  Of all the places we’ve stayed on Route 66 this was the most crowded.  The diner where we ate was filled to capacity, and several motels and hotels had their “No Vacancy” lights on.

I wasn’t impressed with our motel, and even less with the free breakfast.  So, we skipped the “free breakfast” (Cheerios or Fruitloops), and went to Safeway and bought hot breakfast sandwiches.

Because Williams is a gateway city to the Grand Canyon, expect to pay outrageous prices for lodging and food.  About the only deal going is a discount souvenir shop on west-bound Route 66.

The loop of Route 66 that goes through Seligman and ends at Kingman is a fun drive.  It takes you through the mountains, through several little towns and follows the railroad tracks.

Trains

Speaking of railroad tracks, check out this idiot.  With signs warning about the dangers and the fact it is trespassing, he goes on the other side of the chain to get a picture.  Had a train come down that track, he would have been killed.

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Stupid is as Stupid Does – STAY AWAY FROM TRAIN TRACKS

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No Excuses – The Rails are Marked No Trespassing

On the other hand, we stopped to take pictures of the mountains, and as soon as we did, here comes a train (it was quite a distance from us.)  It was fortuitous that it came just as we stopped to take pictures.

People

People are half the fun of Route 66.  We’ve met some amazing people.  Today we met a couple who ride one of those motorcycle trikes, a girl from Australia, a family from Israel and some young adults from Spain.  We talked to a local girl working in one of the shops.   In addition, we met a guy who actually knows where Rochester is because he went to RIT back in the 70s!!!

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Attended R.I.T. in the 70s

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Local Girl

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Family From Israel

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Laura from Australia

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Laura from Australia

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Mountain Bike Riding Across Arizona

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Friends from Spain

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Friends from Spain – Posing by the Old Pumps

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Denise and John – a local couple

The majority of the people we meet are happy and cheerful.  But, that’s not always the case.  I walked in to one shop and said, “You’re open!  Every time I’ve stopped in the past your store is closed.”

She grumbled, “We’re open 7 days a week.”

Here are some more shots from today…

 

 

 

September 22, 2017

Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

That is exactly what Paul and I did.  We started at Desert View (east end) and worked our way to the west end of the South Rim.  We met lots of people.  Half the fun was walking around offering to take people’s picture (instead of their attempting a selfie), and then taking pictures with our cameras.

We met a wedding photographer whom I told about PPA and Bay Photo.  She says she has a lab, but I recommended she set up an account and do a sample order.

Where’s Paul

The Canyon was crowded.  At one point, I turned and Paul wasn’t around.  I thought he got bored and moved down the trail.  I started down the trail thinking I would run in to him.

Soon, it was pitch black, and so I made my way back to the car.  About 10 minutes later, Paul was outside the car saying, “Brent?”  (Again, it was pitch dark.)

We were both relieved that he made his way back to the car.

Sunset at the Canyon

The sunset at the canyon was nice.  While it wasn’t real dramatic, the lighting against the west facing walls was the cool part.

I’m just going to show you the pictures and let you enjoy them…

September 22, 2017

Route 66 Detour

We will take a Route 66 detour today.  You can't travel Route 66 and NOT stop at the Grand Canyon.  It's a day trip from Flagstaff and/or Williams, Arizona.  Today we leave Flagstaff and head to the Grand Canyon for the day and night.

We will take a Route 66 detour today.  You can't travel Route 66 and NOT stop at the Grand Canyon.  It's a day trip from Flagstaff and/or Williams, Arizona.  Today we leave Flagstaff and head to the Grand Canyon for the day and night.

Route 66 Detour

We will take a Route 66 detour today.  You can’t travel Route 66 and NOT stop at the Grand Canyon.  It’s a day trip from Flagstaff and/or Williams, Arizona.  Today we leave Flagstaff and head to the Grand Canyon for the day and night.

Complementary Quid Quo Pro Along the Way

The other day I commented that it is a good thing some establishments do not take us up on our quid quo pro offer to do a favorable review in exchanged for complementary services.

Every place that has offered complementary services, whether a room or meal, has been high class.  Great customer service, a clean environment, and more.

On the other hand, while I won’t disclose the names of any vendor who turns our offer down, I do want to show you something that supports my theory.  My theory is turn-downs are afraid of bad reviews for a very good reason.

One picture is worth 1000 words.  Here is a picture from the breakfast room at today’s hotel (one we paid full price for)…

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This is just one example of how messy this place is.

Different Approach

So, for the rest of the trip, we’re taking a different approach.  If you offer a quid quo pro it is because we have already checked the place out and believe it to be a place we can write a favorable review.  (Perhaps we’ve been lucky getting comp’d services from really good places.  But, I would hate to have been comp’d by this motel last night.)

So, if your business gets a phone call, or if we present one of our cards, take it as a complement.  We have checked and your establishment is one we want to feature on our website.

Again, we’re looking for places we can without equivocation say are good places to stay and eat.

September 20, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Motel Pool Tucumcarri
Motel Pool Tucumcarri

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