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The Life of A Travel Writer

Anton L. Westgard was in every sense of the word a pioneer. On more than one occasion his was the very first automobile to drive into remote mining or logging towns in the west and southwest. And it could be said that he also helped lay the foundation for Route 66. Trail to Sunset, a road mapped by Westgard to connect Chicago with the wonders of the southwest. That road shared a western terminus with the future Route 66. And sections of his Trail to Sunset were incorporated into the National Old Trails Road, predecessor to Route 66 in New Mexico.

A Pet Peeve, Easy Mark & Grifters

I have been wandering this old world for more than sixty years and can't count the number of times I have heard about a pet peeve. Now, pet dogs and cats have been a part of my life since childhood. We have some friends that had parrots as pets. And I know some folks...

Blame It On COVID

If it had happened before the before the apocalypse of 2020 there is a very good chance that I could have blamed the decision on temporary insanity or being kicked in the head by a mule or a little to much imbibing with friends. But instead I will lay the blame on my...
Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

A three or four day project is now in month six and I am about three or four days away from completion. The latest set back is the ignition switch. It is brand new. I purchased it on Friday. Yesterday morning I installed it. It worked - twice. And now I can't turn off...

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Times Change

Counted among the many lessons that can be learned from history is that times change. Life on Route 66 in 1930 was different from life on Route 66 in 1950. And life on Route 66 in 2022 is dramatically different from life on that storied highway in 1950, 1970 or even...

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Milestones

Milestones

In my humble opinion birthdays are like mileposts. For a brief moment in time they give you pause with reflection on the miles traveled, and then they are in the rear view mirror. In that moment of reflection you give thought to the people met along the way, friends,...

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Adventures With The Beast

It seemed like a good idea at the time. And on occasion it still does. But that depends on the frustration level as I make a valiant attempt to install a stem to turn wiring harness and upgrade the '51 Chevy, AKA The Beast, with turn signals, twelve volt gauges, and...

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From Arizona to Germany on Route 66

From Arizona to Germany on Route 66

My pa was full of million dollar quips that he wove into a rich and colorful tapestry that illustrated how to live life with a proper perspective. But Brad, a weathered old cowhand that I worked with on the Sierra Mesa spread along the Mimbres River in New Mexico, was...

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Blurring The Line

Blurring The Line

History has an interesting way of using the past to reflect the future. I was deep into a research project about the Great Depression, the implosion of the American auto industry and an era of dramatic societal as well as technological transition when I stumbled on a...

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Well, That Didn’t Work

Well, That Didn’t Work

As late as March of this year it still seemed feasible. The Beast would not be finished but it would be drivable (safely and with dependability) by the first of May in time for the Route 66 Fun Run. It just needed a wiring harness, new gauges, and installation of a...

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