It has been a relatively cool summer even though the temperatures still hover around the century mark as they have for weeks. This is about five to ten degrees below normal but still not cool enough to make long walks in the desert enjoyable.
So, we either enjoy the sunrise or find projects that can be accomplished while savoring the breeze from a fan. This weekend those projects including finalizing a complete outline for a guide and history book profiling U.S. 6, gathering material for Route 66 Ghost Towns, a little research about the sale of domain names, and some promotion for the book signing in Flagstaff on the 12TH.
Another project is to delve into black and white photography. These photos were taken in the old mining town of Chloride, a favorite of ours that is fast vanishing as folks discover its charm and build new homes here.
The first photos are of the train depot. Few who visit discover this hidden treasure and those that do think it is a recreation built to promote this place as a ghost town.
The fact is Chloride was once the most promising community in Mohave County. In addition to a railroad, it was the first community in the county to incorporate, and featured a very diverse business district that included billiard halls, a Chinese restaurant, a laundry, garages, service stations, banks, and lumber yard.
This little town is just one of a number of neat little detours for the Route 66 traveler rolling through Kingman. Simply turn north on U.S. 93 and drive about 18 miles to the well marked Chloride turn off. The town is about two miles north of the highway.


There was a time some thirty or forty years ago when Route 66 was fast becoming the road less traveled. This was a unique time in the history of that illustrious highway, an era when it and the businesses that depended on the ebb and flow of traffic for survival hung suspended between vitality and abandonment.
Today, this old highway is in many locations almost as busy as it was when the neon lights were as the beacon of a lighthouse. Its popularity is now overflowing and prompting adventurers in search of vestiges from the past, a break from the sterile generic age to rediscover the wonders of the Lincoln Highway and US 6, US 50 and US 1.
In turn this has prompted a new generation to rediscover the adventure of time travel that is cruising the old highways in vehicles manufactured before they were born. When I was a kid this meant the vehicle were from the 1930s, the 1940s, and even the 1920s. Now it is cars of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Still, it is the Harley Davidson and the rental car that spearhead the voyages of discovery in the old two lanes. More often than not at the wheel or in the saddle are drivers for whom English is a second or third language. This has truly added a unique, exciting, and fascinating dynamic to life along the venerable old two lane highways.
This advertisement for a rental company that specializes in Harley Davidson rentals says it all, “We rent Dreams.” http://www.eaglerider.com/?gclid=CKmxq4G8yZwCFVhJ2godk22zKg
One of the problems with growing older is dealing with change and continually needing to adapt to new technologies, societal evolution and all that this entails. Those who can’t become old and bitter. Those who can, thrive and grow old with a smile. In between are those who toss aside convictions based upon truth and wisdom garnered from years of living to embrace a never ending childhood that results in emptiness.
In recent months I have read bitter tirades about the fact the first generation mini van now qualifies as an antique vehicle, that senior citizens are tearing down the highways on Harley Davidson’s, and that the younger generation is going to hell in a hand cart. It is so easy to forget that when ever we live it is a blending of the best of times and the worst of times.
I found this bit of wisdom from a ninety year old quite refreshing and a delightful opportunity to renew my perspective about the future.
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me… It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone… 4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone. 8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. 12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks. 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. 19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow. 23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ’In five years, will this matter?’ 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do. 35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. 41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 42. The best is yet to come. 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield. 45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.



In recent months Car Tech has been publishing a number of detailed and heavily illustrated guide books on a variety of automotive topics. Their latest, Muscle Car Interior Restoration Guide, is another home run.

Everything from tools required to electrical system restoration are covered in this 160 page hand book packed with 419 color photos. The detailed and concise text is easy to understand but still reflects the professional hands on experience of the author, Daniel Strohl.
If you have a muscle car and want to get that new car smell back check out this book!
ISBN 13: 978-1-932494-98-3



Well, today its a mixed bag indeed, a reflection of the strange times we live in. I know some of this is way off the Route 66 topic but perhaps a few tid bits may brighten your day.
Some years ago Will Rogers noted that we had the best politicians money could buy. It would seem politics, the American brand of politics specifically, is still full of opportunity for comedic fodder. This little gem was sent to me this morning and I felt the need to share it.
Let me get this straight. Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it and whose members will be exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke. What could possibly go wrong?
Sadly, this joke is on us.
Touring on Route 66 and touring on Route 66 via motorcycle continues with no sign of slowing in spite of the current economic debacle. This morning it took at least five minutes to cross Route 66 as I waited for a veritable parade of motorcycles to pass.
Harley Davidson was very astute in tying Route 66 to its advertising campaigns and efforts to promote motorcycle rental. I have heard through the grave vine they may be expanding those efforts by adding the Lincoln Highway to the promotional efforts. I wonder how long it will be before they discover US 6?
I really don’t understand the fascination with touring via motorcycle. Still, videos like this really are alluring. Perhaps its the stunning landscapes. http://rwarn17588.wordpress.com/2009/08/26/red-rock-country/
The learning curve in regards to the promotion of books written continues unabated. To say the very least this is almost as interesting as the research involved with writing a book. It is also about twice as much work.
After establishing a blog on Amazon.com to keep in touch with readers of my books, to garner new ideas, and to get first hand feed back I decided to set up a similar relationship with those in the UK in buy my books. As it turns out the British version is an entirely different animal.
On one hand there has been a bit of frustration in this endeavor. On the other I met Mat Archer as a result of my trials and tribulations.
Mat is associated with MBI on the other side of the big pond and rode a motorcycle the length of Route 66 some twenty years ago. Through his patience and efforts we are well on the way to breathing new life into Backroads of Arizona as well as Route 66 Backroads and laying the groundwork for promotion of the forthcoming Ghost Towns of the Southwest.
Needless to say I am rather intrigued about where this trail may lead. A British book signing tour? Perhaps a gallery showing or two? Whatever transpires I am meeting some fascinating folks and learning something new. That is difficult to pin a price on.
Then there is the Adventure Expo hanging over my head like the sword of Damacles. A visit to Chicago in January does not head my top ten list of vacation ideas. The second issue is that public speaking is not my stong point and in the past as many as 14,000 people attend these little seminars! For a fellow who thinks a town with one stop light and 500 people is crowded this is difficult to envision. http://www.adventureexpo.com/
However, there is an even more intimidating speaking engagement hanging over my head – the journalism class at a high school in Tulsa. Both events are still in the pending column with the school gig being a part of our Route 66 adventure in early October.
With that trip in mind I would appreciate some input in regards to ghost towns of Route 66, lodging suggestions, etc. Moreover, if you would like to grab a cup of coffee as we roll east, or west on the return leg, drop me a note. It is always good to put a face with the name and I would really enjoy meeting some of the folks who send notes.
Our initial plan is to leave work on a Saturday at noon and make it to Winslow for a stay at the La Posada, a surprise for dearest friend on our 26TH anniversary. Other than that I am open to knowlegable input.
The whole trip is still in the planning stage with the biggest issue being time constraints. At best we will have eight days and need to at least go as far as St. Louis.
Then there is the possibility we will also need to do a little US 6 examination. That would give me an opportunity to share the wonders of Pioneer Village with my dearest friend but it also transforms this into a whirlwind tour of the heartland. http://www.pioneervillage.org/
I suppose if that is the only worry I have then we are truly blessed!


The latest installment of my series about the rise and fall of the American auto industry is now available in the on line editon of the Kingman Daily Miner. This time I attempt to add a bit of perspective to the “green” car revolution by providing historic background with snippets about the Olds steam car, circa 1880, the first hybrids, circa 1917, and what really killed steam as well as electric vehicles. http://kingmandailyminer.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=33183&SectionID=74&SubSectionID=114&S=1
The next item on the docket pertains to an informal Route 66 cruise taking place in September. Cort Stevens, an afficianado of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, will be motoring west from the Windy City and is looking for fans of Route 66 or vintage cars, or any combination thereof, to join in for all or just part of the drive.
Here is is his loose schedule as well contact information.

Cort Stevens
…Travel times based on 30 mph.
…Schedule is SUBJECT TO CHANGE as we drive the route….
___ SAT 09.05.09 ___
~ 8a-9a = kick-off breakfast
101 S Randall Rd (S20of US RT 20)
Elgin IL
~ 9a-11:30a = travel ~75 miles
Elgin IL – Franklin Grove IL (via IL RT 31 S …to… LINCOLN HIGHWAY, IL RT 38 W)
~ 11:30a-2p = visit …&… lunch
LH Association Headquarters
136 N Elm St
Franklin Grove IL
Lincolnway Cafe
137 N Elm St
Franklin Grove IL
~ 2p-2:30p = travel ~10 miles
Franklin Grove IL – Dixon IL
~ 2:30p-7:30p = travel ~180 miles
Dixon IL – Springfield IL (via IL RT 52 E …to… IL RT 30 E …to… I-39 S …to… RT 66, SW of Bloomington/Normal IL)
IL RT 66:
~ 7:30p = dinner, TBD
Springfield IL
Meet up with the Ride For The Relay motorcycle tour:
~ 10p = overnight, TBD
Springfield IL
___ SUN 09.06.09 ___
~ 7a-9a = breakfast
(most-likely) Charlie Parker’s
700 N St
Springfield IL
~ 9a-9:45a = travel ~20 miles
Springfield IL – Auburn IL
~ 10a-11a = visit
Becky’s Barn
Auburn IL
~ 11a-12:30p = travel ~40 miles
Auburn IL – Litchfield IL
~ 12:30-2:30p = lunch
The Ariston Cafe
Litchfield IL
~ 2:30p-3:15p = travel ~20 miles
Litchfield IL – Staunton IL
~ 3:30-4:30p = visit
Henrys Ra66it Ranch
1107 Historic Rt 66
Staunton IL
~ 4:30p-6p = travel ~45 miles
Staunton IL – St Louis MO
MO RT 66:
~ 6p-7:30p = dinner …&… visit
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
6726 Chippewa Ave
St Louis MO
Chain Of Rock s Bridge
~ 7:30p-9:45p = travel ~65 miles
St Louis MO – Stanton MO
~ 10p = overnight
Meramec Caverns, a Route 66 icon
Stanton MO
___ MON 09.07.09 ___
~ 7a-9a = breakfast
Meramec Caverns Restaurant (or) Cracker Barrel
Stanton MO
~ 9a-9p = travel ~225 miles …&… lunch/dinner, TBD …&… visits
Stanton MO – Joplin MO
Trail of Tears
Jerome MO
Devils Elbow MO
Paris Springs MO
~ 10p = overnight
(possibly) Riviera Roadside Motel
Joplin MO
Meet up with the Ride For The Relay motorcycle tour:
___ TUE 09.08.09 ___
~ 7:30a-9:30a = breakfast, TBD
Joplin MO
~ 9:30a-10a = travel ~10 miles
Joplin MO – Galena KS
~ 10a-11a = visit
4 Women On The Route, w/the inspiration for the “CARS” character “Tow Mater”
119 N Main
Galena KS
~ 11a-1p = travel ~50 miles …&… visit
Galena KS – Afton OK
Cafe On The Route
1101 Military Ave/Rt 66
Baxter Springs KS
~ 1p-4p = lunch (sandwiches) …&… visit w/Laurel & Ron “Tattoo Man”
Afton Station
Afton OK
~ 4p-7p = travel ~80 miles (w/Laurel from Afton Station) …&… visits
Afton OK – Tulsa OK
underground walkway
Chelsea OK
Blue Whale
Catoosa OK
~ 7p-8:30p = dinner
Ollies Station Restaurant
4070 SW Blvd/Rt 66
Tulsa OK
~ 9p = overnight, TBD
Tulsa OK
___ WED 09.09.09 ___
~ 7a-9a = breakfastSunrise Grill
7915 New Sapulpa Rd
Tulsa OK
~ 9a-noon = travel ~90 miles …&… visit
Tulsa OK – Arcadia OK
Rock Cafe, the owner of which inspired the “CARS” character “Sally”
114 W Main St/Rt 66
Stroud OK
~ noon-3p = lunch …&… visit
660 W Highway 66
Arcadia OK
Round Barn
Arcadia OK
~ 3p-4p = travel ~25 miles
Arcadia OK – Oklahoma City OK
~ 4p-6p = dinner
(possibly) Country Line
1226 NE 63rd
Oklahoma City OK
NOTE … this is where I met Dennis (ChevyTalk.org), who was taught by my grandfather:
~ 6p-9p = travel ~85 miles
Oklahoma City OK – Clinton OK
~ 9p = overnight, TBD
Clinton OK
___ THU 09.10.09 ___
~ 7a-9a = breakfast, TBD
Clinton OK
~ 9a-10a = travel ~30 miles
Clinton OK – Elk City OK
~ 10a-noon = visit
National RT 66 Museum
Elk City OK
~ noon-2p = lunch
(possibly) Mazzio’s
Elk City OK
~ 2p-4:30p = travel ~55 miles …&… visit
Elk City OK – Shamrock TX
Sandhills Curiosity Shop
Erick OK
hint: search for “harley and annabelle” on YouTube
~ 4:30p-5p = visit
U Drop Inn, which inspired Romone’s auto painting shop in “CARS”
Shamrock TX
~ 5p-6p = travel ~20 miles
Shamrock TX – McClean TX
~ 6p-6:30p = visit
Phillips 66 Service Station
McClean TX
~ 6:30p-9p = travel ~75 miles …&… visits
McClean TX – Amarillo TX
Groom TX
Bug RanchConway TX
~ 9p-10:30p = dinner
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Amarillo TX
~ 11p = overnight, TBD
Amarillo TX
___ FRI 09.11.09 ___
~ 7:30a-9a = breakfast, TBD
Amarillo TX
~ 9a-noon [time change] = travel ~115 miles …&… visit
Amarillo TX – Tucumcari NM
Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo TX
~ noon-2p = lunch, TBD …&… visit
Tucumcari NM
Blue Swallow Motel
815 E Rt 66 Blvd
Tucumcari NM
~ 2p-4p = travel ~60 miles
Tucumcari NM – Santa Rosa NM
~ 4p-6p = visit
Route 66 Auto Museum
2866 Will Rogers Ave/Rt 66
Santa Rosa NM
~ 6p-8p = dinner, TBD
Santa Rosa NM
~ 8p-10:30p = travel ~80 miles
Santa=2 0Rosa NM – Moriarty NM
~ 11p = overnight
(possibly) Sunset Motel
Moriarty NM
___ SAT 09.12.09 ___
~ 7:30a-9a = travel ~45 miles
Moriarty NM – Albuquerque NM
~ 9a-11a = brunch, TBD
Albuquerque NM
~ 11a-1p = travel ~60 miles
Albuquerque NM – Acomita NM
~ 1p-1:30p = visit
Acomita NM, the oldest continuously-inhabited community in America
~ 1:30p-4:30p = travel ~85 miles …&… visit
Acomita NM – Gallup NM
Continental Divide
~ 4:30p-6:30p = dinner, TBD
Gallup NM
~ 6:30p-9p [time change] = travel ~100 miles
Gallup NM to Holbrook AZ
~ 9p = overnight
Wigwam Motel
Holbrook AZ
Meet up with the Ride For The Relay motorcycle tour:

___ SUN 09.13.09 ___
~ 7a-9a = breakfast, TBD
Holbrook AZ
~ 9a-10:15a = travel ~35 miles
Holbrook AZ – Winslow AZ
~ 10:30a-12p = visit
Cowboy “Standing On The Corner”:
~ 12p-2p = lunch
LaPosada Hotel
303 E 2nd St/Rt 66
Winslow AZ
~ 2p-6p = travel ~60 miles …&… visit
Winslow AZ to Flagstaff AZ
Meteor Crater Visitor Center
~ 6p-8p = dinner, TBD
Flagstaff AZ
~ 8p = overnight
(possibly) King’s House Hotel
1560 E Rt 66
Flagstaff AZ
___ MON 09.14.09 ___
~ 7a-8:15a = travel ~35 miles
Flagstaff AZ – Williams AZ
~ 8:30a-10:30a = breakfast
Pine Country Restaurant
107 N Grand Canyon Blvd
Williams AZ
~ 10:30a-11:30a = travel ~20 miles …&… visit
Williams AZ – Ash Fork AZ
find Monte Carlo AZ, E of Ash Fork AZ, including the Monte Carlo Truck Stop ruins &, on the other side of I-40, the truck repair facility named Monte Carlo:
~11:30a = at Crookton Rd exit in/near Ash Fork AZ:
start longest uninterrupted stretch of RT 66, to Topock AZ
~ 11:30a-12:30p = travel ~25 miles
Ash Fork AZ – Seligman AZ
~ 12:30p-3:30p = lunch
Snow Cap
301 E Chino Ave/Rt 66
Seligman AZ
~ 3:30p-7p = travel ~95 miles …&… visit
Seligman AZ – Kingman AZ
Hualapai Lodge
Peach Springs AZ
~ 7p-9p = dinner, TBD by Jim Hinckley
Kingman AZ
(perhaps will have a local turnout/gathering join us)
~ 9p = overnight
(possibly) Hotel Brunswick
315 E Andy Devine/Rt 66
Kingman AZ
___ TUE 09.15.09 ___
~ 6:30a-9a = breakfast, w/Jim Hinckley
(possibly) Silver Spoon
2011 E Andy Devine Ave
Kingman AZ
~ 9a-11a = travel ~50 miles
Kingman AZ – Topock AZ
Including the Black Mountains, a very scenic portion of RT 66:
~ 11a-1p = lunch, TBD
Topock AZ
~ 1p-3p = travel ~45 miles
Topock AZ – Goffs CA
~ 3p = at Goffs CA, start the earliest alignment of Route 66:
swings under I-40 & follows part of the National Trails Highway
~ 3p-9p = travel ~150 miles …&… visits …&… dinner, TBD
Goffs CA – Essex CA – Amboy CA – Ludlow CA – Barstow CA
~ 10p = overnight
(possibly) California Inn
1431 E Main St
Barstow CA
___ WED 09.16.09 ___
~ 8a-10a = breakfast, TBD
Barstow CA
~ 10a-3p = visit …&… lunch, TBD
Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum
681 N 1st Ave
Barstow CA
~ 3p-4:15p = travel ~35 miles
Barstow CA – Victorville CA
~ 4:30p-6:30p = visit
California Route 66 Museum
16825 S D St/Rt 66
Victorville CA
~ 7p-9p = ending dinner
Johnny Reb’s
15051 7th St
Victorville CA
~ 9p = overnight, TBD
Victorville CA
___ THU 09.17.09 ___
~ 8a-8p = travel
Victorville CA – Albuquerque NM
(via I-40 E)
___ FRI 09.18.09 ___
~ 8a-8p = travel
Albuquerque NM – Denver CO – ~Kearney NE
(via I-76 E …to… I-80 E)
___ SAT 09.19.09 (my birthday) ___
~ 8a-8p = trave l
~Kearney NE – Elgin IL
(via I-80 E …to… I-39 N …to… IL RT 64 E)