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Welcome to Route 66 Adventures where the neon still glows bright along Route 66, shiny new Studebaker cars roll from the factory in South Bend, the Edsel is the talk of the town, and tail fins represent the latest in automotive styling.
We at Route 66 Adventures work hard to ensure your stroll down Memory Lane is a pleasant, enjoyable, and memorable one. In addition to regular posts by award winning author Jim Hinckley, there are numerous links to sites, including classic roadside locations, that will help in your endeavor to plan the ultimate trip along the Main Street of America and other legendary highways. In addition there are also a number of links to sites that provide technical information, as well as support, to keep your vintage car on the road.
We have also added a wide array of information about Kingman, Arizona, the self proclaimed "Heart of Historic Route 66", that is updated daily.
Before you leave meet the proprietor and learn about forthcoming projects by this author. Please take a moment to give your impressions, thoughts, and suggestions as to how we may make your visit more enjoyable.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014


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If the titles for some of my postings are any indication then it would be a safe bet to say that the home office is a reflection of the inner workings of my mind. That is a rather disturbing thought, to say the very least. Today's post provides an excellent example as well as case study. 
At first glance into the office there is an appearance of complete and utter chaos, especially in the latter stages of a project such as with the current book for History Press that will document the turbulent and often violent evolution of the American taxi industry over the course of the last century. I assure you, however, that there is method to the madness. 
There is a pile for everything and everything must be in the proper pile. If, however, the subject matter in one pile can be used to cross reference the materials in another pile, then they can then be organized in a manner that allows them to serve as the foundation for larger piles. Keeping the piles corralled are towering book cases filled with books, magazines, and more piles, as well as file cabinets where piles from previous projects are stored, and boxes with piles discarded from the current project that may be of use in future projects.   
Initially when research for the current book commenced, three basic piles began to form in a manner that provided an illusion of order in the chaos through the use of pretty colored tabs. In one pile was the research from the previous book written about the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company. The next pile consisted of the materials pertaining to malfeasance and mayhem, in the streets as well as in the boardroom. The last pile consisted of materials associated with bringing order and structure to the taxi industry, and stemming the violence associated with that business.
Now, however, with mere weeks to go before deadline the piles are intermingled on a foundation of piles. As they reach heights that seem to defy gravity, I on occasion will allow the imagination to ponder if they are breeding and multiplying.
The notes in the pile from previous work on documenting the history of Checker are in folders with notes on Pennant taxis built by Barley of Kalamazoo which is in the pile with notes on the violent taxi wars in Chicago during the 1920's. This pile is now entangled with the one that contains notes and files on the New York medallion system, which in turn seems to be intertwined with the files documenting the SEC hearings and indictment of Morris Markin, founder of Checker, and E.L. Cord, and the dominance of electric taxis on the streets of New York City in 1900. 
What really makes this interesting is that more often than not I have an unrelated project vying for my time. This project is no exception and so the materials needed for completion of an article about the new Route 66 electric vehicle museum for Old Cars Weekly teeters precariously on the top of a book case because until I finish the current book, and make a valiant attempt to organize the piles, there is no where else to put that file. 
As Route 66 is the primary topic of ongoing interest, scattered about are the files in piles that are needed to answer questions, complete interviews, complete press releases for pending appearances or speaking engagements, to fill book orders, and to provide assistance to individuals and tour groups planing Route 66 trips.
As we are closing in on Christmas as well as the end of the year, we can add two more items to the chaotic maelstrom; grandchildren and preparation for taxes. The latter is inevitable and with the former, attempts will be made to keep them at bay. I am more worried about them becoming lost among the piles than having them mix the piles up. 
In recent weeks I discovered another way to add to the chaos, immersion into the never ending learning curve. This time it is in the form of planning for the trip to the Netherlands, our first international endeavor requiring an airplane, and the research for a forthcoming series of articles about the trip and our preparation.
And so I have a new pile started - international travel. The most recent lesson entails seating. 
Did you know that just because you share the same last name, and the reservations for tickets were made at the same time, and that the reservation numbers are in numerical sequence, this doesn't ensure you will be seated next to each other. Interesting. 
Well, that issue was resolved - for an additional fee after forty minutes on the phone, twenty of which was spent un attempt to talk with a human. Interesting. At least I learned something new. I also discovered this intriguing website - seat guru.
The new luggage arrived yesterday. Now I can commence a study in packing for a trip with but one carry on bag per person, and evaluate the practicality as well as durability of an Ebag and one from High Sierra. That file, the seed for a new pile should fit nicely under the scanner.
One of the most awe inspiring aspects of the office is that within five minutes, I can locate almost anything needed. Now, where did I put breakfast?   


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Een ROUTE 66 avontuur van epische proporties!

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In recent years there was an effort to link Route 66 with Detroit and other communities in the valiant hope that some of that highways stunning renaissance and magic might rub off. Well, my dad always told me that if you head east far enough you will be out west but Route 66 only runs from a park in Chicago to a point just east of a park in Santa Monica. Technically, as the highway no longer officially exists, there is less than a slim chance of it being extended at either end.
Left to right, Swa Frantzen, Nadine, and Croc Lile 
The community of Route 66, however, is truly international in scope. As evidence I present our next odyssey, a Route 66 adventure of epic proportions.
In a few short weeks my dearest friend and I will set out on a Route 66 adventure of epic proportions that begins with handing the keys to the castle to the caretaker, motoring northwest one hundred miles on U.S. 93, formerly U.S. 466, and running the gauntlet of security and the meeting of connecting flights at a few airports. The destination is Amsterdam in the Netherlands, a city located to the east of the original terminus of Route 66 in Chicago.
Dries Bessels, and his dear wife Marion, in conjunction with the Dutch Route 66 Association are hosting an open house reception at de Prael (the advertisement with information is at the top of the blog). That in itself is quite exciting.
Then, last evening I received a message that Swa Frantzen and his wife, pioneers in the Route 66 renaissance movement,  will be traveling from Belgium to attend. His Historic 66 website is the oldest of its kind with origins dating to 1994.
Even though a number of requests have been received it will not be possible for me to bring books. The cost of shipping, customs, and an array of factors make it prohibitive. Still, if anyone attending the festivities brings a copy of one of my books, it would truly be my pleasure to add a signature.
The following weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we will be at Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht. As this is one of the largest holiday and tourism fairs in Europe, I am quite excited by this unprecedented opportunity to introduce a new audience to the magic, charm, and excitement of a Route 66 adventure.
I will be at the U.S. Biker and USA Holiday booth to answer questions, and to sign books for those who stop by. Times are yet to be confirmed but I will also be making three thirty minute presentations, one each day, on Route 66 to a general audience. Details will be provided as they become available.
This will truly be a Route 66 adventure of epic proportions!
To close out the morning I would like to remind you that Rich Dinkela and his wife have provided the Route 66 community with a delightful gift, the Events on Route 66 website. Now it is up to each and every one us if the website is to become the valuable resource envisioned.      

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