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September 2, 2017

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.

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.

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.

 

September 1, 2017

T Minus 4

At T minus 4 days and counting, we pick up the rental car.  I am debating on what to video today.  Perhaps it will be a little update in addition to this post.

At T minus 4 days and counting, we pick up the rental car.  I am debating on what to video today.  Perhaps it will be a little update in addition to this post.

T Minus 4

At T minus 4 days and counting, we pick up the rental car.  I am debating on what to video today.  Perhaps it will be a little update in addition to this post.

Here is how it will go the next 4 days…

Today – we pick up the rental car near the end of the day.  Paul will pack his things in the car and I’ll drive it back to Palmyra.

Tomorrow – I will pack my stuff in the car.  In addition, I will make a checklist of the car’s inventory.

Sunday – I’ll go to church and do my usual Sunday activities like feeding the missionaries.  About the only difference is, I will hit the sack earlier than usual.

Monday

Monday I will leave Palmyra and drive to Paul’s to pick him up.  From Paul’s we are heading to South Bend, Indiana, where we will spend the night.  We will rise on Tuesday morning and take the 2 hour drive to Chicago where we will officially start the 2017 Route 66 Photographers Tour.

We are spending our evening in Joliet, Illinois.  Wednesday we head towards Normal.  Yes, the city’s name is Normal.  It’s not unusual, but Normal.  We will have a Normal Wednesday night.

 

August 31, 2017

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.

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.

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.

August 26, 2017

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!

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!

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.)

August 21, 2017

Two Weeks

Two weeks from today Paul and I jump in the mystery car to drive and document Route 66.  (It's a mystery car because (a) we don't know what it is, and (b) we don't have a car sponsor yet.)  It is exciting to think it is this close.

Two weeks from today Paul and I jump in the mystery car to drive and document Route 66.  (It's a mystery car because (a) we don't know what it is, and (b) we don't have a car sponsor yet.)  It is exciting to think it is this close.

Two Weeks

Two weeks from today Paul and I jump in the mystery car to drive and document Route 66.  (It’s a mystery car because (a) we don’t know what it is, and (b) we don’t have a car sponsor yet.)  It is exciting to think it is this close.

Jazz Lag

I’m sharing this post from Jazz Lag for your enjoyment.  It has been a while since I shared the song.  It’s time to start getting in the mood.

Advertising

I’m advertising photography by db walton llc as we go.  For cooperative models I have a nice “capturing beauty” mirror.  So, if you’re along Route 66, and I walk up and ask to take your picture and sign a release, you’ll receive a cool little hand mirror.  Every time you look  in it you’ll be reminded I captured the beauty in you.

The back of the mirror has our Route 66 Photographers logo and website addresses.

Once we start the trip, it might be hard to squeeze your ad in.  If you want mention, do it now.  Visit our advertise link.  Oh, and if you have a specific message for your business, include it and we’ll read it on a broadcast.

 

August 17, 2017

19 Days

It is hard to believe, but it is only 19 days until we embark on Route 66.  Time passes quickly.  We are excited.

It is hard to believe, but it is only 19 days until we embark on Route 66.  Time passes quickly.  We are excited.

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.

copyright 2017 db walton - 19 days
Front of the Mirrors
copyright 2017 db walton - 19 days
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.

August 2, 2017

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.

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.

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.

July 27, 2017

40 Days

40 Days

40 days for this epic adventure to start.  With 40 days before we start we are proud to introduce our newest advertiser/sponsor – Republic Wireless.

Republic Wireless - 40 days

Republic Wireless is our official (and exclusive) voice and data provider for this tour.  What does that mean?

We will use Republic Wireless’ products and services to post updates.  Live updates to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook will be done using Republic Wireless exclusively.

My Personal Experience with Republic Wireless

I retired from AT&T in 2012.  As an AT&T employee I enjoyed concessions which abruptly came to an end when I retired.  My phone bill was now in excess of $200/month for two phones.

As a retiree I wasn’t entitled to any competitive wireless benefits.  As a result, I switched to T-Mobile.  T-Mobile’s prepaid plan seemed pretty good.  $50/phone unlimited voice and data.

A good friend told me about Republic Wireless.  T-Mobile had been my carrier for a couple of years.   Being a former TCP/IP network engineer, the Republic Wireless technology is groundbreaking and worth a shot.  I took the shot.

My $100/month bill dropped to $50/month for two phones.  At times, my Republic Wireless bill has been less than $40/month for both phones.

Service

My wife had difficulty transferring her contacts to our new Republic Wireless phone.   She called and the service representative walked her through the process.  It impressed my wife.

When it comes to calls, the service is great.  The WiFi to cell network hand-off is seamless.  To the best of my knowledge, no other phone service offers this.  Others offer WiFi calling, but once you’re on a WiFi call, you stay on that call or get dropped.  This is not the case with Republic Wireless’ technology.

Overseas

Because of my Republic Wireless phone, I was the hit of the group on my last trip to Israel.  We had free WiFi in our hostel.  I called my wife and the call via WiFi worked perfectly.  Soon, others in my group were asking to borrow my phone to call family in the USA.

They would ask, “Do we owe you anything?”, or “How much is this call going to cost you?”

“Nothing”, I would tell them, “WiFi calling is free via Republic Wireless and your call won’t increase my bill one bit.”

When they would ask how much my monthly bill is, I would tell them about $18/month (which is what it was running around that time).  They would then add, “I wish I could switch.”

When I asked them why they can’t switch, they would moan about contracts.

Contracts

That’s another thing I love about Republic Wireless — no contracts.  I purchased our phones outright, and I have no contacts.  In fact, I can switch plans mid-month if I want to!!!

I love Republic Wireless and I’m glad they have agreed to provide us unlimited data while we drive Route 66!

July 14, 2017

53 Days

Only 53 days until Paul and I hit the road.  Things are coming together rapidly.  It is our advertisers who will help make this trip a success.

Only 53 days until Paul and I hit the road.  Things are coming together rapidly.  It is our advertisers who will help make this trip a success.

53 Days

Only 53 days until Paul and I hit the road.  Things are coming together rapidly.  It is our advertisers who will help make this trip a success.

Advertising

After receiving a letter from a restaurant regarding “sponsorship”, I realized some people didn’t grow up in the era when you’d hear on the radio, “This show is sponsored by Brylcream.  Just a little dab’ll do you.”  Sponsorship is another way to connote advertising.

But, since it is coming across that we’re asking for charity, from now on we’ll talk about advertising, and not sponsoring.  My apologies for the confusion it may have created.

Live Advertisements

These are  live advertisements.  You can either let me or Paul wing it, or you can supply us with ad copy that we’ll read in our videos or reprint in our blog.  Here’s an example of how we might advertise one of our “sponsors” (aka advertisers):

“Here’s a great picture Paul took of a local diner.  Paul has processed it using Topaz Lab’s Simplify.  Topaz Simplify allows you, the photographer…”

I think you get the idea.

Advertise Anywhere

You don’t have to be on Route 66 to advertise with us.  Your business can be anywhere.  We will pick up a wide viewer audience geographically.  As a result, if you are looking for customers nationwide or worldwide, this is a great opportunity.

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Rusty Old Car Along Route 66

Don’t Wait

Don’t wait too long to decide.  Our days are limited and we can only advertise a finite number of businesses and products.

July 13, 2017

ACDSee

ACD Systems

About ACD Systems

Introducing our newest sponsor, ACD Systems is one of the largest independent digital image editing and management companies in the world. Founded in Texas in 1993, ACD Systems revolutionized the relationship between analog and digital information. Now based in Victoria, B.C., the company has offices in the United States, China, and Canada. Today, ACD Systems holds seven patents, has products translated into eleven languages, and has produced millions of ACDSee products in use in every corner of the globe.

ACDSee Ultimate 10

As an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 boldly proclaims that you no longer need to purchase and run multiple applications to achieve your organizational and image editing goals. Combining GPU-accelerated adjustment layers, RAW editing, hundreds of filters and adjustments, and workflow-expediting tools perfected over decades, ACDSee Ultimate 10 makes it easy to create professional-grade photography, original advertising, innovative graphics, and powerful art imagery.

https://www.acdsee.com/en/products/acdsee-ultimate

ACDSee Photo Editor 10

Cut straight to the creative part with this dedicated image adjustment and layered editing software. ACDSee Photo Editor 10 boasts the 64-bit power to actualize the original graphics, polished photography, and compelling art imagery you’ve been envisioning. Enhance photos with pixel-based editing tools, precision targeting, hundreds of filters and adjustments, drawing elements, and much more.

https://www.acdsee.com/en/products/acdsee-photo-editor

ACDSee Video Studio 2

Simple to use, yet versatile, ACDSee Video Studio 2 is value-based video editing without the learning curve. Import your own footage, work with your existing media, or generate your own. Create, edit, split, trim, and merge audio and video recordings, add captions and transitions, and make custom selections to build the ultimate viewing experience. Record anything on your screen or yourself, render in HD, and then seamlessly share your masterpiece on social media from right inside the program.

https://www.acdsee.com/en/products/acdsee-video-studio

Online store – https://www.acdsee.com/en/products

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