ADVENTURES AT EVERY TURN

Author Jim Hinckley
at Two Guns, Arizona.
Courtesy Dries Bessels
Adventure is the spice of life, or so it is said. On occasion the challenge is in finding that adventure in the mundane that is daily life. Then there are those times when adventure seems to loom at every turn and the challenge becomes which one to pursue.
More often than not, we have to live the life of adventure vicariously by following the exploits of folks like KC Keefer, Nancy Barlow, and Professor Nick Gerlich. This is the team behind the mesmerizing video about the Painted Desert Trading Post, the first in a series.  
I currently happen to reside in an odd place where the daily struggle to find adventure in the mundane is tangled and intertwined with absolutely amazing exploits. It is a world where tedious mind numbing work gives way to surprises, opportunities for adventure, and meeting with the most fascinating people at a moments notice.
In the first month of the year 2015, there was the push to meet a deadline for a new book, tax preparation, a trip to the Netherlands and Belgium where friends ensured it was a dream like adventure, and a fruitless search through endless photo archives in search of a suitable cover image. In retrospect that month seems to have set the tone for the rest of the year. 
With the exception of provision of links and footnotes, I completed the report on the state of the Route 66 community this week and sent it off to a friend that is also a talented editor. He is also quite adept at providing an honest opinion in a diplomatic manner, always a plus.
Work on this report has transformed my view of the Route 66 renaissance and the international community of enthusiasts that support it. I am hopeful that others will find it encouraging as well. I also hope that it will foster development of some fruitful cooperative partnerships.
This morning, after a haircut, a bit of reading in the new biography A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White Jr. and responding to some correspondence from acclaimed photographer Kerrick James, I enjoyed a pleasant breakfast (ranchero skillet and coffee) with my son at Rutherford’s.
Rutherford’s is but one recent addition to the developments along the Route 66 corridor in Kingman, or in this cities historic district. Yesterday the House of Hops opened in the old Kingman Club on Beale Street one block north of Andy Devine Avenue, Route 66. 

Last weekend during Chillin’ on Beale, I took a peak inside and was quite impressed by the transformation. Even better, they have refurbished the historic neon sign. 
This is the second specialty beer shop on Beale Street to open. Last year, one block to the east, Black Bridge Brewery opened across the street from Redneck’s Southern Barbecue.   
I am not sure if this good news or bad news but work is underway at the long closed Bell Motel. There was talk of pending demolition but the hope is that it is being given a new lease on life. I will follow up on this next week to see if I can get an answer.   
This weekend I will look through the first chapters of a book being penned by Joe Sonderman. My role in this interesting but limited partnership is editorial assistance and provision of photo files. This is something I have been looking forward to delving into for quite sometime.

Courtesy Joe Sonderman, Route 66 Postcards.

Meanwhile, the self publishing endeavor is moving forward at glacial speeds. It is now quite obvious that the guide book to Kingman, including a walking guide to the historic district, and the surrounding area will not be finished in time for the Fun Run but I am confident of completion before the first of June. 
However, to ensure completion by that time, with  a hope of publication by the first of July, I will need to work on it over the weekend as well. That shouldn’t be a problem as it looks to be a rainy windy couple of days. As envisioned, this book will be the first in a series developed with other communities along the Route 66 corridor profiled in a similar manner.

The correspondence with Kerrick James was in regard to a project proposed by Voyageur Press. Kerrick and I have worked together on other titles in the back roads series but it looks as though we will have to decline adding a book on Texas to the resume. 
Simply put, the advance and royalties offered by the publisher, as well as our current schedules, the amount of travel the project would require, and our unfamiliarity with Texas are not conducive to ensuring the projects profitability or that we could do it justice. Nor would we be able to complete it in the time frame proposed. 
So, I am requesting that the publisher consider Gregory Hasman for the endeavor. He resides in Texas, is intimate with the states back roads, and is a talented writer. If your unfamiliar with his work I suggest perusing his blog, Ramblings from a Road-a-holic.
Next weekend is the annual Route 66 Fun Run. Always an interesting and fun filled weekend that transforms 180 scenic miles of that storied highway into a living time capsule, the 2015 edition promises to be a grand adventure. 
On Saturday, May 2, I will be signing books and answering Route 66 questions in Truxton at the Frontier Restaurant and Motel all morning. That evening my dearest friend and I will share a delightful dinner with friends; George and Bonnie Game, Mike and Sharon Ward, John Springs, Frank and Lynn Kocevar, and Sean and Karen Evans.
On Sunday morning, I will be speaking with the lively Aussies that are partaking in Dale Butel’s (Route 66 Tours) spring tour, answering questions, and signing books. This is always an interesting event that we look forward to. 
Monday evening we will be visiting with Atsutuki Katsuyama, the long distance runner from Japan that is retracing the route of the historic Bunion Derby. We are eagerly looking forward to his visit. 
Then there is the podcast. I should be submitting the first raw audio file for editing within the week. This will be followed with a public debut. 
I am always excited when new opportunities allow me to help folks plan or develop adventures on the old double six or the road less traveled.  To that end, Jim Hinckley’s America is evolving; walking tours of the Kingman historic district, the self published guide books, the gallery at Legends of America, and a limited partnership with Open Road Productions for the development of customized tours along Route 66 and in the southwest.
A friend of mine has harnessed his passion for sharing the wonders of southern Utah, taken the plunge, and launched a tour company – Seeking Treasures Adventures. Now, we are discussing the possibility of a cooperative partnership that links his expertise and tours with ours in the Kingman area.
The walking tours of the Kingman historic district is something I am eager to share with visitors. To that I may be adding a special evening event, Journey through Time on Route 66, if plans of a local real estate developer comes to fruition. 
Adventures await us at every turn. Sometime we have to look under the dung to find them, and sometimes there are found at every turn.    
         


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