Left, Right, or Follow The Road I Am On

A few months ago I began publishing entries from Edsel Ford’s travel journal as a weekly

Photo courtesy Mohave Museum of History & Arts.

serial on our crowdfunding site (Patreon). This morning I was reflecting on a particular entry and how it fit my current junction in life.

“St. Louis, Missouri, Monday June 21, 1915 – Road to St. Charles very, very good. Struck big wash a few miles from there. Four feet of water on road. Made ten mile detour. Stuck two hours in one place. Road entirely washed out a Mineola.”

A month or so ago I felt like young Mr. Ford (he had just turned 21 years of age before embarking on this trip) after leaving St. Charles. The new book, number 19, was in the home stretch. The newly launched travel planning service, and step on guide service for groups, was showing promise. Plans for attendance of the European Route 66 festival in the Czech Republic were shaping up quite nicely. Development of the newly launched Kingman Tourism site was picking up speed. Affirmation had been received that the tourism office in Cuba, Missouri would be the first to avail themselves of of my community promotional service.  (more…)

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Jim Hinckley’s America in Transition

Telling people where to go since 1990, is more than a catchy tongue in cheek slogan. It is the underlying goal of

Introducing a Dutch tour group to the intricacies of driving a 1923 double T Ford truck. Photo Daniel Kuperus

Jim Hinckley’s America; telling people where to go, showing people where to go, helping them plan the trip, and then working to ensure that the trip is memorable. Jim Hinckley’s America is firmly rooted in the great American road trip and adventures on the road less traveled. It is built on adventures behind the wheel of a 1926 Ford, 1946 GMC or rental car along Route 66. It is stories told as Route 66 chronicles. It is journey’s into the Mojave Desert and the old trails in Arizona. It is rooted in the past.

Jim Hinckley’s America is in a state of transition. Bridges are being built to connect the past with the future. The latest endeavor is a complete revamp of the website and social media network linked with expanded YouTube video projects, a new presentation series, the on again off again podcast, a step on guide service, a travel planning service, a travel book store, and of course, new books and feature articles. There is also going to be an expansion of the Patreon based crowdfunding site linked with additional services offered to business and community sponsors.

As a key component to this transition is further development and expansion of the Adventurers Club live programs on the Jim Hinckley’s America Facebook page, I am working overtime to complete the transition before taking to the road in July. So, most of June has been spent learning a bit about website development, installation of Divi Builder and making valiant attempts to understand some of the lingo. It remains a work in progress but as you can see, the website is being transformed albeit slowly. At this juncture I would like some honest input and a bit of constructive criticism. What would you like to see from Jim Hinckley’s America?  (more…)

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Milestones

It has been a week of milestones, and of course that got me to thinking

Bloody 66
The newest book, number 19, is a walk on the dark side of Route 66 (and the National Old Trails Road). Photo Joe Sonderman collection

about milestones. The Jim Hinckley’s America Facebook page hit a milestone, 4,000 followers. The newest book (number 19) is now in the hands of the editor at Rio Nuevo Publishing. The recently launched Jim Hinckley’s America Adventurers Club group on Facebook that is linked to the page now has 190 members. According to last weeks test results, I now have a 40% proficiency in German. No one is more surprised about this than me. The reach of the weekly Facebook live programs has reached 17.5 thousand people. And the number of supporters that now subscribe to our crowdfunding Patreon site has 25.  (more…)

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Did You Miss Me?

Noting that shared adventures are the best adventures has

Introducing a Dutch tour group to the intricacies of driving a 1923 double T Ford truck. Photo Daniel Kuperus

become a trademark of sorts. When it comes to Jim Hinckley’s America those shared adventures range from road trips to Facebook live programs, navigating the often confusing world of apps and software programs, research projects and even driving lessons in a 1923 double T Ford truck. In my world every day dawns with an opportunity for new adventures.

As I haven’t posted in awhile you may have guessed that an adventure was unfolding and that this adventure would be shared. Actually there were a number of adventures unfolding and as a result, the schedule was quite full from daylight to well past dark. Did you miss me?

Let’s see if I can keep this brief, but interesting and informative. Last week Jan Kuperus of Netherlands based U.S. Bikers contacted me. His spring Route 66 tour was on the road but resultant of a medical situation, a visa snafu, and a couple of other unforeseen problems he was short on guides. So, at just after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, for the low cost of a $75 ticket, I boarded the east bound Southwest Chief at the Kingman railroad depot and headed out for Albuquerque.  (more…)

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Mummies, Soap, Beer, Vitamins & Death on Route 66

It seemed so simple. Talk with the editor, sell the idea, write the article,

take a few pictures, and wait for the check. That was in 1990. Since that date the quest to become a writer when I grow up has been quite the adventure with more twists and turns than Route 66 in the Black Mountains of Arizona. The latest chapter, still being written, could very well be the strangest, the most interesting, and wildest to date. Vitamin infused beer, home security systems, Egyptian mummies, death on Route 66, cars with laminated papier-mache body panels, an ancient Jewish cemetery, hand made soap, and young entrepreneurs are just a few of the highlights!  (more…)

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Birdcages, Bathtubs & Chevrolet

David Buick was a sharp minded inventor but a very poor

Legend of the Buick
Buick’s chief engineer, Walter Marr and Thomas D. Buick, son of David Buick. Photo courtesy GM archives.

businessman. Aside from the automobile that carried his name, Buick was essentially the father of the modern bathtub as he is the fellow who developed the method of affixing porcelain to cast iron. Resultant of numerous failed endeavors he died impoverished and largely forgotten.

Buick was not the only automotive company to evolve from unrelated endeavors. The Goodwin Car & Manufacturing Company of Poughkeepsie, New York started as a manufacturer of railroad dump cars. The Welch manufactured in Chelsea, Michigan began life as the Chelsea Manufacturing Company that produced small metal novelties and souvenirs. The company behind the legendary Pierce-Arrow, a luxury car known throughout the world for its hand built attention to detail began as the Heintz, Pierce & Munschauer, a leading manufacturer of birdcages, ice boxes, and other household items.  (more…)

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