New! The Jim Hinckley autobiography in serial format! Exclusive content on the Patreon site.

Few things better clarify the reasons that I launched a crowdfunding program than this note from the Inland Empire Gardeners. Please read this to the end, and give thought to becoming a patron for as little as $1, $2 or $5 per month. “I am writing on behalf of my garden club in Spokane, WA. We are planning our speaker engagement calendar for 2020 and would be very interested in having you speak to our group. We would be interested in a talk based on your knowledge of Route 66. ..
We do not charge our members to attend a meeting as a majority of our members are middle class, below middle class, or seniors. Our meetings are also free and open to the public.. 

We can offer your transportation (travel to be book early to ensure the best price) and a speaker fee depending on what your travel expenses are.”
Here is an organization that provides a valuable community service. Here is an organization with a very limited budget ($500 for transportation and speakers fee). Here is an opportunity to introduce Route 66 to a larger audience. This is an example of the type of inquiries that I receive on almost a daily basis. 
With few exceptions, without supporters of the crowdfunding initiative, it is simply not economically feasible to accept these invitations. The feasibility of the community education programs developed for Mohave Community College would be questionable. Presentations made or museum fundraisers, also questionable. So with that said … 
And, if you prefer, we could use advertising and major sponsors. In exchange, we will put our diverse travel network to work for you. 
Thank you –

We have talked about the Route 66 centennial project; the interviews, live stream programs and podcasts on the road. We are ready to roll! 

Crazy Ray
The crew at Antares Point Visitor Center
Marion Pavel of Route 66 Navigation
An emotional ceremony, the unveiling of the Twin Arrows Trading Post model created by Willem Bor at Antares Point Route 66 Visitor Center. Photo Sam Fiorella.



The power of pooled resources, crowdfunding, that is our foundation. For a commitment as small as $1, $2, or $5 per month we can –

  • Provide authors & artists with a promotional boost
  • Create community educational programs that provide tools needed to harness tourism as a catalyst for economic development and revitalization  
  • Develop the weekly Ten Minutes With Jim as a promotional vehicle for the Route 66 community
  • Develop the YouTube channel to inspire road trips and Route 66 awareness 
  • Create innovative live programs that that provide communities and event organizers with a promotional boost

Projects Made Possible Through Our Crowdfunding Initiative

Opening Ceremony

Route 66 is our primary focus, but this is Jim Hinckley’s America. So, we work to provide everything that a community needs for harnessing the power of Route 66 as a catalyst for revitalization and economic development. Linked with this are projects that provide travelers with tools for planning adventures on the back roads and two lane highways of America.

Jim Hinckley’s America was born of an epiphany that occurred in 1990. After years of being told that I had a gift for telling people where to go, the decision was made to do so professionally. It began with the writing of feature articles for various publications, and then books (19 to date). Inspiring adventures was quite satisfying but a day job was needed to support the writing habit. 

Then I learned that writing, a blog, presentations, and the use of a social media network could inspire road trips AND enable communities to develop tourism that enhanced road trips. These endeavors could also be used to provide struggling authors, artists, and event organizers with a promotional boost. This was even more satisfying but the day job constrained what I do best – telling people where to go. 

So, I turned to Patreon and asked fans to lend the support needed for me to devote all of my time to the development of projects that inspires road trips and that inspire communities to become destinations for road trippers. 


Equipment Upgrade
Stage One
Equipment Upgrade
Stage Two
New Program Development
Expanded Schedule

Our shopping list for new equipment is lengthy. To date we have added a Mevo camera system, various microphones, tripods, and other equipment in recent months. Our goal here is to create a one man traveling studio for live streaming programs, audio podcast, and YouTube content. With a replacement for our five year old iPad this stage will be complete. 

We are in need of some big ticket items for creation of a rolling one man production company. This includes a portable studio, an office studio, equipment for the making of presentations, and everything needed for editing. With completion of this stage Jim Hinckley’s America will be able to create an historic record as well as provide authors, artists, photographers, event organizers, and  communities with a tremendous promotional platform. 

Creating an historic record for the Route 66 Centennial is a major goal. However, we have other ideas such as live programs to review restaurants. We also have plans to create live streaming museum tours to inspire visits as well as provide vicarious travel for the armchair traveler. 

Facebook live programs that foster community development, educational programs & initiatives, YouTube channel videos are a few of the programs that are made possible thru support of the Patreon based crowdfunding initiate.