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66 The Mother Road online magazine goes on indefinite hiatus April 3, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Magazines.
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The November/December issue of 66 The Mother Road magazine apparently remains the last for quite a while.

The bimonthly online magazine, started by John and Judy Springs in April 2011, has halted publication. A reader of Route 66 News noticed a new issue hadn’t been published since Christmastime. He also noted the 66theMotherRoad.com website had gone dark, redirecting to a GoDaddy.com domain site instead.

66 The Mother Road’s Facebook page was still up, although no messages had been posted since November.

In a Facebook message, John Springs confirmed that 66 The Mother Road had “stopped” publication. He deferred most of the questions to Judy.

Asked about whether the magazine would eventually be revived, Judy Springs said she “didn’t know” but acknowledged she was “not leaning” towards doing that. She wrote:

I truly love the road, and I loved being able to help people. That was the very best part for me. But, I’ve had some health issues the last few months that have made me put the focus back on myself. Right now, I don’t have the energy or desire to add the magazine to my list of growing responsibilities. It was a labor of love, and I have always said that when it became just a “labor” it was time to shut it down. And, unfortunately, that finally happened.

That’s a shame. I’ll always remember 66 The Mother Road most for its terrific story in July 2011 about Annabelle Russell — one-half of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Okla. — and her life-threatening battle with ovarian cancer.

Although the magazine’s website is kaput for now, all of 66 The Mother Road’s back issues can still be perused here.

Magazine features Route 66 in the desert March 16, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Magazines, People, Road trips.
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The Sun Runner, a magazine about the California desert, recently posted a long article about Route 66 from Victorville, Calif., to Kingman, Ariz.

Longtime roadie Jim Conkle is prominently mentioned in the piece. You can read it online here:

Tucumcari used for fashion photo spread by Marie Claire magazine February 20, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Fashion, Magazines, Motels, Photographs.
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In December, French fashion photographer Thierry Le Goues, model Katelyn Pascavis, and a large crew from Dodge Burn Foto descended on the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, N.M., and its landmark Blue Swallow Motel for several days for a photo shoot for Marie Claire magazine.

Le Goues and his crew shot all over Route 66 in the area. The Blue Swallow’s owners, Kevin and Nancy Mueller, recently received a copy of the photo spread, which will appear in the Spring / Summer issue of Marie Claire, on stands March 1.

You can see all 30 of the pages on the motel’s Facebook page, but here are the most Route 66-relevant images.

(Photos by Thierry Le Goués, courtesy of the Blue Swallow Motel)

Newest issue of “66 The Mother Road” November 11, 2012

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Here’s the newest issue of the online magazine “66 The Mother Road.” This is the one with the Christmas painting of a scene over the Route 66 town of Cuba, Mo.

Open publication – Free publishing

Thanks to a relatively new plug-in, I’m able to embed Issuu publications, such as this one.

Take the high road into Arizona November 11, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Magazines, Motels, Restaurants, Towns.
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This episode of “Highroads with Dan Davis,” produced by AAA, delves into Route 66 in northern Arizona, including La Posada, the town of Winslow, and Joe & Aggie’s in Holbrook, and others.

AZPHXs3-003 ROUTE 66 for vimeo from AAA Highroads on Vimeo.

The video is about 27 minutes long, but interspersed with public-service announcements and advertisements from AAA.

Good cookin’ at Cookin’ from Scratch October 23, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Magazines, Restaurants.
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Watching this video made me mighty hungry. It’s a clip produced by Rural Missouri magazine about Cookin’ from Scratch, a restaurant off Route 66 in Doolittle, Mo. (Sometimes the restaurant is listed as being near Newburg, Mo.)

Rural Missouri is a statewide publication from the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Its YouTube channel contains other feature stories that might be worth your while.

High rider May 19, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Bicycling, Magazines, Road trips.
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A woman from Los Angeles wants to ride her double-high bicycle (like the one seen above) down Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica later in the summer, with the help of a national magazine.

Melissa Rougeaux yesterday applied for a $10,000 Adventure Grant from Outside magazine. The magazine explained:

In celebration of our 35th anniversary, Outside magazine is seeking proposals for its first annual Adventure Grant, a $10,000 endowment to help fund a smart, creative, and (perhaps) slightly foolhardy project that we’ll feature in an upcoming issue. Examples of the kinds of audacious missions we’re looking for—taken from Outside stories—include sailing a homemade raft down the Hudson River, walking a perfectly straight line across Canada’s Prince Edward Island, and paddling a canoe from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine.

Outside will announce finalists on June 2, and the winner will be chosen by the public through the magazine’s Facebook page.

Here’s Rougeaux’s video application:

In an email, Rougeaux says the bicycle she’s riding in the clip isn’t the one she would use:

The bike I’m riding in the video is actually an electric bike I own. I have built a double high bicycle before but left it in Boulder, CO when I moved out here, so I would have to build another one if I won the contest. Essentially it is one bike welded on top of another bike so its a “double high” bike. They can be a little tricky to get up on when first learning but are fun to ride. It would be challenging though to ride that far, but that’s all part of the adventure, I guess.

(Photo courtesy of Melissa Rougeaux)

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