ROUTE 66 GRAB BAG

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!

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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.

Thank you, shared adventures are the best adventures.

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