Last night I sat down with a legal pad and began making a list of what we need to pack, and what I need to finish before setting out on another epic Route 66 adventure. The writing of the check list itself wasn’t exhausting but by the end of the third page it was rather obvious that by this time next week …
|The Historic VehicleAssociation “Road Tripof the Century” duringa stop in Kingman.|
As enjoyable as the German odyssey will be, for the most part it is a working holiday with a very full schedule. In addition to the festival and the school presentation, I will also be attending an historic conference of European Route 66 Associations on behalf of the Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative to discuss the possible creation of an international advisory group.This is not say that there won’t be ample opportunity for a bit of exploration (thank you Sylvia and Bernhard). Moreover, since this is a Route 66 centered adventure you can be assured that there will be a great deal of laughter and fun as these things quickly become a sort of family reunion. However, between departure and today, there are a innumerable details to be resolved and addressed; assistance in the distribution of a press release for Grand Canyon Caverns, a marketing meeting at Ramada Kingman, scheduling the July meet and greet for the Route 66 Association of Kingman, a tour of Kingman for Efron Lopez, a planning meeting for the pending Best of the West Festival. Preparing the homestead and stocking the pantry for the caretaker (aka our son) is also on the “to do” list. With the recent rains I can add “repair a leak in the porch roof” to this category.
I will get in one or two more postings before hitting the road. I will also try for at least short posts from the festival and during travels in Germany. You might also want to follow along on the Jim Hinckley’s America Facebook page where quick snippets will be shared. A special thanks to the sponsors and supporters who have made this venture possible; the City of Kingman, Grand Canyon West, Greenwood Village, Grand Canyon Caverns, Ramada Kingman, T-Mobile, and the Route 66 Association of Kingman. Of course, I would be quite remiss if a hearty thank you wasn’t given to Wolfgang and Anja, and the hardworking members of the German Route 66 Festival that have transformed an idea into a festival.