October 4, 2016

Get Your Kicks

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, "Get your kicks on Route 66"? If you do, you're not alone. A lot of people think that. What's on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, "Get your kicks on Route 66"?

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, "Get your kicks on Route 66"? If you do, you're not alone. A lot of people think that. What's on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, "Get your kicks on Route 66"?

Get Your Kicks

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

If you do, you’re not alone.  A lot of people think that.

What’s on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

Today it is mostly iconic diners and businesses, many of which have been restored.  Then, in big cities, like Pasadena, California, there are modern businesses that didn’t exist when Route 66 was in its prime.

Back in the pre-Interstate highway days, Route 66 hosted many gas stations, motels and restaurants.   It wasn’t unusual for your car to overheat on Route 66 in California, Arizona or other southwestern states.  For that reason, there were service stations and garages along the way.

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Abandoned Gas Station

More Than Just Ghost Towns

Route 66 is more than just ghost towns.  There are small communities that have survived the I-40 devastation. (When Interstate 40 was opened, many businesses and communities died.)  These communities benefit from the tourist traffic.  They host gift shops, restaurants, and other delights for the Route 66 travelers today.

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Diner in San Bernadino

Once you hit the L.A. basin, those portions of Route 66 are thriving as they are surface streets in cities like Pasadena and Santa Monica, for example.  It is when you get out of town that Route 66 becomes a piece of Americana from the past.

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Oatman, Arizona

Here’s Bobby Troup…

For your entertainment, here’s Bobby Troup’s version of the Route 66 theme song.  Bobby Troup WROTE the song, and then Nat King Cole brought it to the top of the Billboard hits that same year. (click here for the Wikipedia story)  Since then at least 50 artists have covered the Route 66 Song.

THANK YOU BOBBY TROUP!

October 3, 2016

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.)

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.)

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…

October 1, 2016

Advertise on Route 66

Advertise your business on Route 66. 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.

Advertise your business on Route 66. 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.

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….

September 29, 2016

Remembering Glenn Frey

What does remembering Glenn Frey have to do with Route 66? Many may not realize it, but Route 66 goes through Winslow, Arizona. For those not old enough to know, Glenn Frey was in a band called the Eagles. They sung a song named Take It Easy that is about a young man standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Yup, on Route 66.

What does remembering Glenn Frey have to do with Route 66? Many may not realize it, but Route 66 goes through Winslow, Arizona. For those not old enough to know, Glenn Frey was in a band called the Eagles. They sung a song named Take It Easy that is about a young man standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Yup, on Route 66.

Remembering Glenn Frey

What does remembering Glenn Frey have to do with Route 66?

Many may not realize it, but Route 66 goes through Winslow, Arizona.  For those not old enough to know, Glenn Frey was in a band called the Eagles.  They sung a song named Take It Easy that is about a young man standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.  Yup, on Route 66.

In my generation, every young man dreamed of standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, waiting for that cute girl to drive by.  I think any young man back then who claims he didn’t have that fantasy is lying.  The song was epic and on everyone’s lips.

Glenn died this earlier this year.  A few years earlier he recorded the Route 66 Theme Song.

Winslow, Arizona

When we get to Winslow, Arizona, we will be photographing that very corner.  Perhaps we’ll find a girl in a flatbed Ford to photograph. (We’ll take volunteers if you want to meet us there.)

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Winslow, Arizona – A Girl and a Flatbed Ford

Sponsoring

Sponsoring us can be specific as saying, “I want to sponsor your Winslow, Arizona, portion of the trip.”   We can talk about what that means and what it will require.  The nice thing about these sponsorships is we’re flexible.

September 28, 2016

Next Year

Next year will bring some exciting adventures, the least of which will not be our Route 66 Photographers Tour. We are taking our time, and we're doing it right. We plan on averaging about 100 miles a day.

Next year will bring some exciting adventures, the least of which will not be our Route 66 Photographers Tour. We are taking our time, and we're doing it right. We plan on averaging about 100 miles a day.

Next Year

Next year will bring some exciting adventures, the least of which will not be our Route 66 Photographers Tour.  We are taking our time, and we’re doing it right.  We plan on averaging about 100 miles a day.

I anticipate some of those days we’ll drive a good stretch before taking any photos.  Other days we’ll be shooting most of the day and hardly doing any driving.  There will be days too when we pass something, turn around, go back and shoot it.

Conversation

Conversation is the key to the backstory.  The backstory is the story behind the photograph which we will tell as we travel along.  We will converse with the folks we meet on Route 66, take their pictures, and tell their stories.

My last trip down a portion of Route 66 I met Elmer.  Elmer is the creator of the Bottle Tree Forest near San Bernardino, California.

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Elmer – Bottle Tree Sculpture

The backstory to this picture is, Elmer lives out here in the desert.  He spends his days searching for bottles in the desert.  He brings them home and posts them on a rebar tree.  His forest has become a Route 66 attraction.

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Bottle Tree Forest – Route 66

Make sure you follow us and be part of this epic adventure for more backstories and photos.

Click here to join the group, like and follow us on Facebook:   Facebook

On Twitter you can contact and follow us @route66tour2016

Our YouTube channel will be available soon.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available now.  Early-birds get an advantage.  Many of our sponsorships have a first-come/first-serve prioritization.

How does that work?

For example, when we do our nightly broadcast, those who sponsored us first will be mentioned earlier in the show.  You’ll be higher on our web listings, and you’ll get to pick your spot on the car.

It pays to be early!

For Your Entertainment

If you want see some of the places we will visit, watch this cool video by Jakub Gorajek and Sylwia Gorajek set to Depeche Mode’s version of the Route 66 theme song.

September 24, 2016

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!

going live - copyright 2016 db walton

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.

September 3, 2016

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.