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The Wild Ride

Ezra Meeker traveled the Oregon Trail with an ox cart. He also toured the country in a National automobile, flew across the country in an airplane and helped build the first service station along the National Old Trails Road in the Cajon Pass of California. Henry Starr was a frontier era outlaw turned movie star. He began robbing banks and eluding posses on horseback, and ended his prolific career by attempting an escape by automobile. Wyatt Earp ended his days hanging around movie sets in Los Angeles and befriending up and coming movie stars. 

Lost Highways, Old Friends & And A Hearty Breakfast

What do you call a day that includes a Route 66 road trip, an awesome possum breakfast at a classic Route 66 restaurant, exploring not one but three historic highways and seeking out Arizona railroad history, and a shared adventure with an old friend? Well, in normal...

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Travel Style Feature

A Short Interview

Short bio: Before turning to writing and work as a tourism marketing consultant and tourism development consultant, I earned a living in some rather colorful occupations. I worked as a cowboy along the Mexican border and in Arizona, was a rodeo rider as well as a truck driver, mechanic, repossession agent, finance manager and loan officer, truck leasing agent, used car salesman, carpenter, dredge operator, and underground miner. My writing career includes a stint as associate editor for Cars & Parts, and the publication of feature articles as well as 19 books on an array of diverse topics including Route 66 history and travel, ghost towns in the southwest and along Route 66, restoration of Chevrolet truck electrical systems, the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company, back roads of Arizona, and the history of the American auto industry from 1885 to 1945.

How often do you fly? Once or twice per year.

How many countries have you been to? Counting Louisiana, six.

How many continents have you been to? Two.

Earliest travel memory: 1963, a trip from Michigan to Kentucky. As a side note my parents insist I was potty trained along the highway. Favorite American city: Los Angeles, California.

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Meet Rhys Martin

Rhys Martin is an author and photographer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. His love of travel was born in 2009 when he sold all of his possessions and left the country. For ten months, he lived out of a backpack and explored southeast Asia and Europe.

After returning home, Rhys looked at his home state with fresh eyes. He started visiting the back roads of Oklahoma and quickly understood the significance of historic Route 66 to the greater American story. He has traveled all 2,448 miles of the Mother Road and continues to explore the quiet Main Streets of the Midwest.

Rhys’s travel writing and photography has been featured in several publications including TulsaPeople Magazine, This Land Press, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. His most recent work is a book from Arcadia Publishing called Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. The book features the stories of nearly 50 iconic eating establishments in the city, starting in the 1930s and working up through the 1980s.

Rhys is the President of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association, serves on the Tulsa Route 66 Commission, and is an adviser for the Route 66 Alliance. He loves to connect with people and share his experiences.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Great evening about Route 66 in the Southwest with author Jim Hinckley and touring the old El Garces Harvey House. 

 

New Presentation Series By Author Jim Hinckley Opens To Rave Reviews 

In the summer of 1915, Edsel Ford and his college buddies followed the National Old Trails Road west to California. In his travel journal Ford noted that in Needles, “The heat was very oppressive. Slept on porch at hotel.” The year prior Louis Chevrolet and Barney Oldfield made a pit stop in Needles during the last of the Desert Classic auto races that coursed along the National Old Trails Road from Los Angles to Ash Fork, Arizona. A journey along the National Old Trails Road was chronicled by Emily Post in By Motor to The Golden Gate.

In the presentation made on February 7 at the historic El Garces Hotel in Needles, California internationally acclaimed author Jim Hinckley wove fascinating stories from more than 150 years of travel in the southwest into a rich and colorful tapestry. It is the story of Native American traders and Spanish explorers, of colorful adventurers and camel caravans, and of pioneering motorists. It is also the story of the most famous highway in America, Route 66.

Hinckley is the author of nineteen books including Murder and Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales from Bloody 66, Ghost Towns of the Southwest, Travel Route 66, Ghost Towns of Route 66 and The Route 66 Encyclopedia. His published work also includes feature articles for True West, Classic Auto Restorer, American Road, Route 66 and Cars & Parts. He is also the creator of the Jim Hinckley’s America travel network as well as a consultant specializing in the creation of tourism related marketing and promotional initiatives for companies as well as communities. He has made presentations on Route 66, the infancy of the American auto industry and southwest travel at a tourism convention in the Netherlands, at the European Route 66 Festivals in Germany and the Czech Republic, at the Missouri History Museum, the Miles of Possibility Conference and at museum fundraisers throughout the United States.

The presentation hosted by the Needles Regional Museum, and Fenders River Road Resort, the only motel located on the National Old Trails Road, Route 66 and the Colorado River, drew an audience of more than 130 people. Some attendees traveled from Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

“See and experience the best” that America has to offer in a “fully guided” Route 66 road trip organised by Route 66 Tours. We guide you every mile, and every minute, of your drive or ride from hotel to hotel, along Historic Route 66. We don’t just lead, we guide. We don’t just give you a bunch of maps, and a GPS, point you West and say have a good day, like some companies do. We “Guide” you along the original Mother Road, taking care of your road trip like your deserve. We provide more guides per vehicle than any other company offering these tours. We give you the time required to slow down, and enjoy The Mother Road. Our tour averages only 170 miles per day, yet they are full, and action packed days.Trust our years of experience, and our Australian Guide Team, both proven over the past decade and “2015 Inductees to the Route 66 Walk of Fame”. (Note – 170 miles per day is based on the drive days only, we don’t fudge our numbers like some companies)

With decades of experience travelling and organising tours throughout North America, and specifically across Route 66, the Route 66 Tours team is well-prepared to lead you on a road trip itinerary that will allow you to take your dream vacation without the stress or hard work. Planning a trip, and determining the itinerary that will get you from point A to point B with limited time, while seeing and experiencing the best that an area has to offer, can be frustrating and even a little scary when you don’t know the area. That’s why, when people book their trips through Route 66 Tours, they’re guaranteed to see the things that have made Route 66 famous, without having to do all of the planning or preparation. The all Australian team of guides will lead you along the original Route 66 and inform you of what it is that you seeing along the way. There will be little for you to do but drive or ride the historic road and take it all in.
What makes us stand out from other “Guide” companies is their itineraries are often shorter, making “Route 66 Tours” better value for money. Not only that, their driving days are longer, which means your arriving late at hotels each night too tired to enjoy non-driving events. Ours are perfectly spaced out with comfortable driving days allowing for plenty of stops along the way to see and do, as little or as much, as you like. We give you the time required to slow down and enjoy The Mother Road. Our tour averages only 170 miles per day, yet they are full and action packed days. (Note – 170 miles per day is based on the drive days only, we don’t fudge our numbers like some companies)
We are proudly an owned and operated Australian company and our tour is fully escorted by the best Route 66 Specialist in Australia. Dale Butel (owner of Route 66 Tours) is on every tour to ensure personally a seamless and successful trip. Our competitors don’t travel 90% along the true and original Mother Road but we do! Our tours arn’t just about the road; we also introduce you to the people, culture, nostalgia, and of course food and a good time. 
We are not owned by a large franchise pumping out tours that are treating you like sheep, and counting you as a number. We are small and personable with every tour, maximumising your touring experience. We don’t want to be the biggest, just the best, and if you are comparing prices, just remember you only get what you pay for and our testimonies from past clients on our website support that we are exceptional value for money and a fabulous holiday experience that you will be raving about to family and friends for years to come.