Nothing New Under The Sun

The fellows name was Bliss. As with most people who become an historic milestone, Mr. Henry Bliss never knew

The embryonic electric vehicle museum is the first and only museum dedicated to this style of vehicle. Credit Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation

that unexpected death would bestow a dubious form of immortality. He simply stepped from the New York City streetcar that September afternoon in 1899, and became the nations first pedestrian struck and killed by an automobile. Today’s editorial in the Kingman Daily Miner about the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to the electric vehicle led me to reflect on Bliss, his demise, and how there is little new under the sun.

The electric vehicle museum in Kingman, Arizona was born of a limited partnership between the city and the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation during the Route 66 International Festival in 2014, an event that was aptly themed Kingman: Crossroads of the Past & Future. For reasons not understood the museum has never progressed beyond the initial stage even though it garners international media attention and the collection continues to grow. The prestigious Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles recently donated 15 historically significant vehicles. (more…)

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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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The Joy of Telling People Where To Go
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The Joy of Telling People Where To Go

It is a God given gift, or so people tell me. I first began

harnessing that gift for telling people where to go in 1990 with the writing and publication of feature articles and books (18 to date with another due for release this year). Initially it was largely viewed as a means to stave off starvation. Then I began to meet the most wonderful and inspirational people. Then those people began to seek me out during their adventures, and to tell their friends to do the same. In turn this led to the promotion of my adopted hometown, Kingman, Arizona, and America’s small town, Route 66.

100 Things To Do On Route 66 Before You Die

The ultimate bucket list - from restaurants to photo ops, from time capsule motels to attractions here are 100 of author Jim Hinckley's favorite places on Route 66

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I Just Couldn’t Wait!

With the deadline for the new book fast approaching, and an array of

Traveling home from the first European Route 66 Festival in 2016. Photo Sylvia Hoehn

other projects demanding an inordinate amount of my time, a weekly blog posting is the best I can manage. Still, there are a number of very exciting developments that I just could not wait to share.

Let’s start with the European Route 66 Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic. It has been our plan to attend the event, especially as I had accepted a request to assist with the creation of a Route 66 information booth, and tentatively agreed to make a presentation on Route 66 as well as show the two part Jim Hinckley’s America video series produced by MyMarketing Designs. However, even with the launch of the crowdfunding platform, the cost of the trip made attendance questionable. Yesterday Jim Flynn of Kingman Chevrolet-Buick confirmed sponsorship in the form of airfare, and a couple nights lodging. We still have a ways to go but a major hurdle was cleared.  (more…)

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Now What? To Young To Retire, To Old To Work

What do you do when the regular paycheck comes to a

screeching halt, and the illusion of security that comes from a steady job vanishes? What if you are to young (and broke) to retire, and employers think you are to old work?  You get creative, you reinvent yourself, you launch a never ending learning curve, and you saddle up for one hell of a wild ride!

The Johnson Canyon tunnel was deemed an engineering marvel when completed in the early 1880’s.

Writing in various forms worked well as a second job. It was always the day job, however, that supported the writing habit and that paid the bills. Two years and four months ago everything changed. No paycheck, no job, and employers that worked very, very hard to avoid hiring someone of my age. Now what?  (more…)

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Adventures In Optimistic Pessimism

On several occasions I have alluded to an old cowhand that I

worked with on a ranch along the Mimbres River in southern New Mexico. To say the very least, he had a very unique philosophy for life. As an example, he often referred to himself as “an optimistic pessimist” who started every day meditating on all of the things that could happen or go wrong. Then, according to him, when the day was done, he would be the only one smiling because it didn’t go as bad as he had envisioned.

Shamrock Texas is the location for the 2018 Route 66 International Festival.

Oddly enough, I have found that the old cowboys philosophy works quite well in regard to the New Years Day celebration. As the last day of the old year winds down, I pop the top on a cold bottle of beer, watch the sun sink in the west, and meditate about the new year from the perspective of the optimistic pessimist, but go light on the pessimism. I prefer to think of myself as a pragmatist or a realist.

The year that is coming to a close, 2017, was the best of times and the worst of times. I have little doubt that twelve months from now I will be looking back on 2018, and have the same thoughts.  Today, however, we are looking toward the future, not into the past.

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