May 29, 2017

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.

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.

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)…

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to remember fallen Vets who fought to protect this great nation. I salute and honor them. They gave their all for us.

Memorial Day is a day to remember fallen Vets who fought to protect this great nation. I salute and honor them. They gave their all for us.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to remember fallen Vets who fought to protect this great nation.  I salute and honor them.  They gave their all for us.

Summer

Memorial Day is also a bookmark on the start of the summer season.  It is around the time of year school gets out, weather grows warmer, and we all start thinking about the warm days of summer.

At the other end of summer sits Labor Day.  It bookmarks the end of the summer season.  School starts and people think of getting ready for autumn and the cooler months that follow.

Our Choice

It was Paul’s and my choice to leave after Labor Day.  We’re doing this is hopes to avoid bigger crowds.  In addition, we want cooler weather as we drive through the southeastern states.

This 30+ day venture will be leisurely.  We’re figuring about 2 hours driving maximum per day.  The rest of the time will be photographing and capturing video of Route 66.

Some of that time might be spent searching too.  There are sections of Route 66 that are not part of a contiguous route.  We intend to find them too.

You can help finance our trip through sponsorship:  https://www.gofundme.com/route-66-tour-2017

May 27, 2017

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.

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.

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.

April 24, 2017

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.

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.

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…

February 23, 2017

Children on the Road

Road trips with the family are especially fun. My first venture on Route 66 was by happenstance. We had a car full of children and saw a sign, "Historic Route 66 - Next Exit." So, we took it. With children on the road you need to keep them entertained. Route 66 accomplished that.

Road trips with the family are especially fun. My first venture on Route 66 was by happenstance. We had a car full of children and saw a sign, "Historic Route 66 - Next Exit." So, we took it. With children on the road you need to keep them entertained. Route 66 accomplished that.

Children on the Road

Road trips with the family are especially fun.  My first venture on Route 66 was by happenstance.  We had a car full of children and saw a sign, “Historic Route 66 – Next Exit.”  So, we took it.  With children on the road you need to keep them entertained.  Route 66 accomplished that.

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Grand Canyon – A Short Detour off Route 66

We also took a short detour to the Grand Canyon.  None of us had seen it before, myself included.

Keeping Them Occupied

Keeping the children occupied is always a challenge.  My wife makes up puzzles (oh, and she published her first puzzle book.  Click here.)  I would make quizzes and scavenger hunt pages.  All of these go in to a folder — one for each child.  This keeps them occupied between stops.

Thank You Nicole

Thank you Nicole for bringing to our attention a very nice Route 66 overview.  Nicole’s mom e-mailed me  a link to this very cool page.

https://www.titlemax.com/resources/unforgettable-road-trips-in-america/

On that page is this link to a nice end-to-end overview:

 http://www.ridingroute66.us/Content/Download/CarTour14DayItineraryTour1.pdf

Their family is planning a road trip and found our website and sent us a nice thank you email and found our site of value for planning their trip.  Nicole’s mom is thinking of creating a blog for their trip.  When she does, we will definitely feature it here.

February 17, 2017

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...

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...

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.

 

February 15, 2017

Daniel Talevi

I dig this guy's guitar playing. Daniel Talevi has a great style and makes the Route 66 Song swing. Ivy Markaity adds her vocals... great job you two!

I dig this guy's guitar playing. Daniel Talevi has a great style and makes the Route 66 Song swing. Ivy Markaity adds her vocals... great job you two!

Daniel Talevi

I dig this guy’s guitar playing.  Daniel Talevi has a great style and makes the Route 66 Song swing.  Ivy Markaity adds her vocals… great job you two!

I wonder if any of these contemporary artists would like to meet us on Route 66.  I could mic them with my Tascam digital recorder, put my camera in video mode, and add that to our vlog.

If any of you artists are listening, you have an open invitation to meet us along Route 66.  We’ll provide the photos and video and you provide the music.

More Trivia

Here is more trivia for you…

Of the original Route 66 pavement, Oklahoma contains the most.   I find this surprising because I would think Arizona or New Mexico would hold that record, but I trust the folks at Legends of America have their facts correct.

What Driving Route 66 is Like

Driving Route 66 is like driving a road with lots of detours.  Many of those detours are not marked.  You need a guidebook and maps.

Route 66 is like this because it is de-commissioned.  If you have ever hiked less-traveled trails in the woods, it is analogous to driving Route 66.  You need to navigate your way along.

Popular spots are marked, don’t get me wrong.  As a tourist you can see signs on I-40 saying, “Historic Route 66 Next Exit.”  However, some are not so clearly marked.

February 13, 2017

Feelgood

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

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

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.

February 10, 2017

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.

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.

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.

January 19, 2017

Steinbeck

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

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

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.