ROUTE 66 CRUISE AND THE "GREEN" CAR REVOLUTION

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
faithcubsmc2691@aol.com
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PLEASE NOTE…
…ALL times are APPROXIMATE.
…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
IHOP
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
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksgardenbee/2921023053/
Lincolnway Cafe
137 N Elm St
Franklin Grove IL
~ 2p-2:30p = travel ~10 miles
Franklin Grove IL – Dixon IL
http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/info/il/dixon_arch-LH.jpg
~ 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:
http://www.il66authority.com/
http://www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org/
~ 7:30p = dinner, TBD
Springfield IL
Meet up with the Ride For The Relay motorcycle tour:
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/new_page_5%202008.htm
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/2009%20Trip%20Schedule.htm
~ 10p = overnight, TBD
Springfield IL
___ SUN 09.06.09 ___
~ 7a-9a = breakfast
(most-likely) Charlie Parker’s
700 N St
Springfield IL
http://www.charlieparkersdiner.net/
~ 9a-9:45a = travel ~20 miles
Springfield IL – Auburn IL
~ 10a-11a = visit
Becky’s Barn
Auburn IL
http://www.beckysbarn.com/
http://www.ratfinkgarage.com/
~ 11a-12:30p = travel ~40 miles
Auburn IL – Litchfield IL
~ 12:30-2:30p = lunch
The Ariston Cafe
Litchfield IL
http://www.ariston-cafe.com/
~ 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
http://www.henrysroute66.com/
~ 4:30p-6p = travel ~45 miles
Staunton IL – St Louis MO
MO RT 66:
http://www.missouri66.org/
~ 6p-7:30p = dinner …&… visit
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
6726 Chippewa Ave
St Louis MO
http://www.teddrewes.com/Drewes.asp
Chain Of Rock s Bridge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_of_Rocks_Bridge
~ 7:30p-9:45p = travel ~65 miles
St Louis MO – Stanton MO
~ 10p = overnight
Meramec Caverns, a Route 66 icon
Stanton MO
http://www.americascave.com/
___ 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
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/MO-JeromeTears2.html
Devils Elbow MO
Paris Springs MO
~ 10p = overnight
(possibly) Riviera Roadside Motel
Joplin MO
Meet up with the Ride For The Relay motorcycle tour:
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/new_page_5%202008.htm
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/2009%20Trip%20Schedule.htm
___ 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
http://www.4womenontheroute.com/Home.html
~ 11a-1p = travel ~50 miles …&… visit
Galena KS – Afton OK
Cafe On The Route
1101 Military Ave/Rt 66
Baxter Springs KS
http://www.cafeontheroute.com/
~ 1p-4p = lunch (sandwiches) …&… visit w/Laurel & Ron “Tattoo Man”
Afton Station
Afton OK
http://postcardsfromtheroad.net/afton.shtml
~ 4p-7p = travel ~80 miles (w/Laurel from Afton Station) …&… visits
Afton OK – Tulsa OK
underground walkway
Chelsea OK
Blue Whale
Catoosa OK
http://www.oklahomaroute66.com/articles/catoosa.html
~ 7p-8:30p = dinner
Ollies Station Restaurant
4070 SW Blvd/Rt 66
Tulsa OK
http://www.olliesstation.com/
~ 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
http://blog.newsok.com/bamsblog/2009/05/28/rock-cafe-historic-route-66-landmark-to-reopen-in-stroud-oklahoma/
http://www.oklahomaroute66.com/preservation/rockcafe.html
~ noon-3p = lunch …&… visit
POPS
660 W Highway 66
Arcadia OK
http://www.pops66.com/
Round Barn
Arcadia OK
http://www.arcadiaroundbarn.org/
~ 3p-4p = travel ~25 miles
Arcadia OK – Oklahoma City OK
~ 4p-6p = dinner
(possibly) Country Line
1226 NE 63rd
Oklahoma City OK
http://www.countyline.com/
NOTE … this is where I met Dennis (ChevyTalk.org), who was taught by my grandfather:
http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort/1106/DSC07591r8_jpg.html
~ 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
http://www.nationalroute66.com/
~ 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
http://oldgas.com/info/towerconoco.html
~ 5p-6p = travel ~20 miles
Shamrock TX – McClean TX
~ 6p-6:30p = visit
Phillips 66 Service Station
McClean TX
http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGasStations/Route66-Phillips66-Service-Station-McLean-Texas.htm
~ 6:30p-9p = travel ~75 miles …&… visits
McClean TX – Amarillo TX
Cross
Groom TX
Bug RanchConway TX
http://www.captiveimage.us/index.php/blogs/47-did-you-know-this/95-the-bug-ranch-in-conway-texas
~ 9p-10:30p = dinner
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Amarillo TX
http://www.bigtexan.com/
~ 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
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220
~ noon-2p = lunch, TBD …&… visit
Tucumcari NM
Blue Swallow Motel
815 E Rt 66 Blvd
Tucumcari NM
http://blueswallowmotel.com/
~ 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
http://www.route66automuseum.com/
~ 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
http://www.galerie-kokopelli.com/wigwam/
Meet up with the Ride For The Relay motorcycle tour:
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/new_page_5%202008.htm
http://www.ridefortherelay.com/2009%20Trip%20Schedule.htm

___ 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”:
http://www.standinonthecorner.com/
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12603
~ 12p-2p = lunch
LaPosada Hotel
303 E 2nd St/Rt 66
Winslow AZ
http://www.laposada.org/
~ 2p-6p = travel ~60 miles …&… visit
Winslow AZ to Flagstaff AZ
Meteor Crater Visitor Center
http://www.meteorcrater.com/index.php
~ 6p-8p = dinner, TBD
Flagstaff AZ
~ 8p = overnight
(possibly) King’s House Hotel
1560 E Rt 66
Flagstaff AZ
http://www.kingshousehotel.com/
___ 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
http://www.pinecountryrestaurant.com/
0A
~ 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:
http://www.theroadwanderer.net/RT66ashfork.htm
~11:30a = at Crookton Rd exit in/near Ash Fork AZ:
start longest uninterrupted stretch of RT 66, to Topock AZ
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/AZ-AshforkSeligman.html
~ 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
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/101
http://www.route66giftshop.com/angel.html
~ 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
http://www.hotel-brunswick.com/
0A
___ 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:
http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/route_66/topock_kingman.html
~ 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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Old_Trails_Highway
~ 3p-9p = travel ~150 miles …&… visits …&… dinner, TBD
Goffs CA – Essex CA – Amboy CA – Ludlow CA – Barstow CA
http://www.roadtripamerica.com/places/goffs.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex,_California
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amboy,_California
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barstow,_California
~ 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
http://www.route66museum.org/
~ 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
http://www.califrt66museum.org/
~ 7p-9p = ending dinner
Johnny Reb’s
15051 7th St
Victorville CA
http://www.johnnyrebs.com/JR_Main.html
~ 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)

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Jim Hinckley's America is a grand adventure on the back roads and two lane highways. It is an odyssey seasoned with fascinating people, and memory making discoveries. As made evident by the publication of fourteen books on subjects as diverse as diverse as Ghost Towns of the Southwest, The Illustrated History of the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company, Travel Route 66, Backroads of Arizona, and The Route 66 Encyclopedia, I enjoy sharing adventures and helping people plan for their own memory making journeys.

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