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Fat Man meets the Pain Walker November 30, 2005

Posted by Ron Warnick in People, Restaurants.
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Yeah, the title sounds like one of those superhero battles from Marvel Comics in the 1960s and ’70s. Actually, Dennis Kinch, who is walking west on Route 66 for the National Pain Foundation, met in Vinita, Okla., with Steve Vaught, who is walking east on Route 66 in an effort to lose weight.

Vaught and Kinch met at the excellent Clanton’s Cafe on Route 66 in Vinita. Vaught’s journal (scroll down to the Nov. 29 entry) doesn’t mention this, but I’m hoping that Kinch gave Vaught some good advice during their meeting. Kinch endured dark nights of the soul while dealing with his chronic pain years ago, and he emerged from it. Perhaps he can help Vaught deal with his problems.

Vaught says in his journal he’s about to depart the Sooner State, and he’s not celebrating it, either.

I have to admit that I will miss Oklahoma and its people. I was surprised at the people in this state because I never thought that they would be as great as they are. I want to say thanks to all of those that I have met along the way and want you to know that whether I mentioned you on the site or not I have not and will not forget the experience that you provided me with.

Meanwhile, Kinch is in Claremore. He will meet and greet health specialists and chronic pain sufferers at the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Center at 5801 E. 41st St., Suite 1000, in Tulsa from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

Open-source travel guide November 29, 2005

Posted by Ron Warnick in Web sites.
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Some folks are beta-testing an online travel guide called World 66. If nothing else, the name proves that Route 66 has some cachet. It’s an open-sourced site in which users are the contributors of the content, like Wilkipedia.

It’s a long, long way from being as comprehensive as Wilkipedia, though. Tulsa, a pretty good-sized town, merits just four paragraphs and no photos. Meanwhile, tiny Grants, New Mexico, gets three paragraphs and one photo. Springfield, Ill., has one paragraph. Ditto for Springfield, Mo. The lively Route 66 town of Tucumcari, N.M., has no mention at all.

There are better online travel guides out there.

Illinois town receives grant for Route 66 bike trail November 29, 2005

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Vehicles.
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The Pontiac (Ill.) Daily Leader reports that the town of Chenoa is receiving $300,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Chenoa Route 66 Prairie Trail.

This is part of a bicycle trail that eventually will be set up along the length of Route 66 in Illinois, as previously reported here.

Glimpses back in time November 29, 2005

Posted by Ron Warnick in History, Vehicles, Web sites.
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Darned if I can find many Route 66 references. But nostalgia is a significant part of the Route 66 experience, and the Ephemera Now Web site contains it in spades.

In fact, it’s the best nostalgia Web site I’ve seen. It describes itself as “the museum and gift shop of mid-century advertising art and illustration.” The links to artwork and photos are listed by Cars, Wagons, Photos, Trucks, Decor, Advertorium and Christmas. The colors are so vivid, they fairly explode when popped up on the computer screen. New material for the site is detailed in a blog called Pastelogram.

It’s hard to pick favorites because so many of the images are wonderful. This illustration of Interstate 70 passing by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport came from less-complicated times (this stretch was a bypass alignment of Route 66). This congestion-free image of Interstate 5 in Los Angeles in 1960, which bypassed Route 66, would make modern-day Southern California drivers envious.

And this 1960 image foresees fast and simple highway-making. If it really were that fast and simple, the widening of Interstate 44 in Tulsa would have happened by now.

Fat Man blows into town November 28, 2005

Posted by Ron Warnick in People.
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Steve Vaught of thefatmanwalking.com strolled into Vinita, Okla., Sunday night after dealing with severe winds all day. At least he didn’t have to deal with the tornadoes or wildfires, although a 40-foot-tall sign at the hotel where he was staying blew down (the pictures are at the bottom of this page). You can read his latest journal entry here (scroll down to the Nov. 27 entry).

BBC correspondent looks for old motels November 28, 2005

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels.
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Joe Queenan drove from Albuquerque to Las Vegas, most of it on Route 66, seeking vintage motels. He tells about it on this 30-minute audio link from the BBC. He paid particular attention to wigwam-type motels, which no doubt include the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Ariz.

Hat tip to Ken Chambers of Surrey, England, for the link.

Oklahoma winery on Route 66 wins awards November 27, 2005

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Food.
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A blog, Oklahoma Wine News, reports that Summerside Vineyards and Winery on old Route 66 in Vinita, Okla., won a silver medal for its Pensacola Dam Red wine and a bronze medal for its Route 66 Red wine at the recent Wines of the South Competition.

While surfing on Summerside’s site, I also found a Route 66 White wine.

Unfortunately, I’m not much of a wine drinker. But if someone opens a Route 66-themed microbrewery near Tulsa, I’m there.

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