|The refurbished Wagon Wheel Motel is the crown jewel
of Route 66 treasures in Cuba, Missouri.
Also scheduled for Monday, aside from mundane details such as a dental appointment, is a meeting with Roxanne of Laser Works in Kingman who is making strides in transferring historic post card images to metal for the proposed world’s largest Route 66 museum. Then there is a visit with Josh Noble, the area tourism director with a litany of visionary ideas such as the Route 66 in Arizona geocache project, to see how the photo exhibit project for the Powerhouse Visitor Center is progressing.
As it stands now, on the east bound leg we will be in Gallup, New Mexico on the evening of October 13. On the 14th we will motor east with stops to visit with Vickie Ashcraft at the most delightful Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading Post near Albuquerque, and hopefully, with Kevin and Nancy at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucucmcari as well.
At this time appearances are scheduled for the Devil’s Rope Museum in McLean, Texas, the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma, and at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton. Steve is looking into adding stops at Seaba Station as well as Pop’s. All of this should make for a very full day.
Meanwhile, between now and our grand adventure in mid October, the schedule is peppered with all manner of activities. This coming Saturday, the 15th, Sam Frisher (owner of the El Trovatore Motel) will kick off his latest endeavor, legendary Route 66 Adventure Tours, with a free introductory tour to Seligman. Limited seating necessitates reservations so if you are interested contact Sam at 928-753-6520.
On the evening of the 18th, we will be visiting with a group from Holland. Then on the morning of the 19th there will be a breakfast in downtown Kingman (one block north of Route 66, Andy Devine Avenue, on Beale Street) with Zdnek Jurasek and a small group from the Czech Route 66 Association.
I invited area car clubs so it should be an interesting morning. If you find yourself in the neighborhood stop in.
Another project requiring our attention before hitting the road is the Brusnwick Hotel lobby. As noted in a previous post, my dearest friend and I were privileged to be given the task of creating a photographic journey along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica for the lobby wall.
Space will be somewhat limited so we are figuring on about 20 photographs at 12″ x 20″, and five in a larger format. That will present a few issues as we want the exhibit to capture the essence of Route 66 adventure. What photos from our Route 66 Memories gallery at Jim Hinckley Studio do you think should be included in the display?
We will also be creating a window display that will promote our books and photography as well as Kingman attractions such as Legendary Route 66 Adventure Tours. With completion of the hotels refurbishment we may expand this into a small store front.
In the mean time I have been given permission to use the lobby to meet with tour groups in size from two to two hundred. So, if your planning a trip along Route 66 and would like to schedule a stop so I may answer questions or regale the group with tales of Route 66 and the old west, drop me a note.
Needless to say, all of these developments and new found opportunities for enhancing the Route 66 adventurers experience have me looking forward to 2013.