The subtitle for this blog alludes to the life, times, and adventures of a starving artist on Route 66 and the road less traveled. Obviously, I am not starving and the artist reference may be debatable but the part about adventures on Route 66 and the road less traveled is factual.
Consider the past week as an example. There was the final edit for Ghost Towns of Route 66, the submission of the first section of the Route 66 Encyclopedia and Atlas, preparation of photograph samples to be submitted for review, coordination of schedules for an interview with Jay Leno for his website, the full time job that supports the writing habit and that pays the bills, and the situation with mother.
To round out the week I played guide to a French documentary film maker, Chris Tres, who is chronicling the story of Route 66, the people who live along it, and the people that seek it. Her enthusiasm for the project was infectious and as an added bonus I learned a great deal about France and the French perspective of America.
Living along Route 66 provides an endless array of opportunities for adventure, the meeting of new and fascinating people, and an almost endless stream of automotive history in its native habitat – on the road. This past Friday the motorcycle cannonball run, an event with the primary requirement for participation being a stock motorcycle manufactured before 1916, stopped in Kingman.
Now, I am not a fan of motorcycles. I fall into the “take em or leave em” category. This, however, was truly amazing. It was as though the curtain of time had parted and motorcycle riders from a century ago were allowed to roar into the present.
My work schedule prohibited my taking in the spectacle but my dearest friend and partner was able to attend the lunchon and obtain these photos. The riders began this odyssey in Kitty Hawk in North Carolina with the goal being Santa Monica Pier.
Here are just a few of the highlights.

1914 Excelsior ridden by Alan Travis

1915 Harley Davidson ridden by David Bettencourt

1914 Indian ridden by Ron Blissit

1913 Excelsior ridden by Bradford Wilmarth

1915 Harley Davidson ridden by Stephen Barber

1911 Indian ridden by Sean Brayton