My latest book, Here We Are … On Route 66, released at the end of January is not a travel guide. But I am confident that it will inspire a road trip or two. And I am going to give away an autographed copy to the first person who can solve a Route 66 puzzle.

Here is how the contest will work. One clue will be provided on each episode of Wake Up With Jim, our interactive audio podcast that is broadcast on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, 6:30 MST. A clue will also be provided on our interactive Sunday morning travel podcast, Coffee With Jim.

The first clue will be given on the March 25 program. Each clue is a random letter taken from the name of a business and the town where it is located. To win the contest you will need to provide both the name of the business and the Route 66 community.

The programs are archived on the Jim Hinckley podcast page on Podbean if you miss an episode. But these are interactive programs so grab a cup of coffee and join in on the fun.

A program schedule with summary is shared on the home page of this website. It is updated on a regular basis to allow listeners an opportunity to schedule time to listen to programs of particular interest.

In a nutshell this book is a series of richly illustrated community profiles that together portray Route 66 as a direct link to centuries of American history, and even to the future. At this juncture I should note that not all communities along the hghway corridor are profiled. To include each town, village and city would result in a book to large and heavy to fit in The Beast, our one ton 1951 Chevy panel truck that is being converted into a rollinig Route 66 information center.

Still, I am quite confident that you will find it interesting. Aside from history I share information about some of my favorite restaurants, motels, and museums.

The contest is just one of the exciting projects under development at Jim Hinckley’s America. Phase one of the narrated, interactive self guided Kingman historic district walking tour being developed by Kingman Main Street is complete. The thirty points of interest tour is scheduled for debut during the National Road trip Day proclamation festivities in Kingman, Arizona on May 27. Local car clubs and the chamber of commerce in Seligman are working on plans for a fun cruise along Route 66 on Saturday, May 28.

A rendering of the proposed Hinckley Plaza, a component in the historic district walking tour project spearheaded by Kingman Main Street.

It was a distinct pleasure to work on this project. It seems a bit surreal to think that I was selected as the narrator.

On the website you will also find a schedule of upcoming appearances. Two of particular interest for visitors or locals are walking tours, one in downtown Kingman and one at historic Beale Springs. These are two of the community education programs that I developed for Mohave Community College.

The issue with our Facebook account is still unresolved. And so we are still working on alternative ways to share the adventure and to tell people where to go.

And we also have a new series of programs that are ideal to enhance a conference, festival, fund raiser, or for use at an educational venue. To schedule a program please contact us. I should note that the spring schedule is filling fast.

 

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