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A timely upload September 15, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motorcycles, Movies, People, Road trips.
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The makers of the ongoing “Operation Route 66″ documentary project posted eight minutes of the film just a few days ago.

I’ve seen other parts of the film, but this is the most arresting:

op rt 66 8min from Operation Route 66 on Vimeo.

I’m not sure whether it’s a coincidence the excerpt was posted when the United States stood on the precipice of another war, or whether the filmmakers wanted to remind us of examples of war’s long-term consequences on its soldiers.

The deep unpopularity of the prospect of another war in the Middle East shocked many lawmakers and pundits in Washington in the past couple of weeks. That unpopularity undoubtedly was fueled by Americans who encountered Iraq War military personnel — such as the Tulsa woman above — who came back damaged, or who didn’t come back at all.

Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed … for now.

Exploring Two Guns July 13, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Animals, Highways, History, Motorcycles.
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A couple of chums on motorcycles explore the ruins of the Route 66 ghost town of Two Guns, Ariz., which once was the home to a gas station and a wild-animal zoo.

More about Two Guns may be read here.

Driving across the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge June 17, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Bridges, Motorcycles, Road trips.
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Here’s one of the advantages of signing up for one of those guided Route 66 tours — you might be able to drive a motorcycle across the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge near St. Louis.

Motorcycle tour may lead to surge of Uruguayan tourists May 22, 2013

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A report from the Rolla Daily News about a group of 39 motorcycle riders from Uruguay stopping in Rolla, Mo., during a two-week tour of Route 66 contained a somewhat of a same-old-same-old whiff about it.

But when you examine the story closely, this tour is a bit different.

First, the tour is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Two workers at the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay came up with the Route 66 tour idea.

So the old Mother Road has a bit of Uncle Sam in its corner for this trip. The Uruguay riders can be followed at this site.

But the most significant part of the story is this:

Also traveling with the group is Sebastián Beltrame and his film crew who will produce a travel series which will tell stories about the route and the places visited, as well as the experiences of both travelers and locals.

This film has the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay and will be aired on national television by 163 cable channels, the Uruguayan television network and 22 over-the-air channels, including the channels that belong to the main cities in the countryside.

When this film airs, don’t be surprised to see a subsequent flock of Uruguayans traveling the Mother Road. Showcasing Route 66 on a nation’s television networks often produces a tourism surge later. Route 66 businesses who saw all the Britons after “Billy Connolly’s Route 66″ series in 2011 will attest.

A Uruguayan invasion probably won’t be as pronounced as the UK’s. After all, Uruguay is a nation of 3.3 million people, versus England’s 63 million.

But unlike many South American countries, Uruguay’s economy has become relatively prosperous in recent years. So its prospects for sending over a lot of tourists are high.

Photographer sending Route 66 Polaroids to contributors April 17, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motorcycles, Photographs, Road trips.
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A couple that will honeymoon along Route 66 for three weeks in June will send unique Polaroid photographs to contributors of their Kickstarter campaign.

The campaign already is a success, with more than $1,200 raised. The fundraising goal was $1,000, and 29 days still remain in the campaign. However, those wishing to receive the photos can by contributing with pledges ranging from $10 to $250.

Eric Swanger, who is traveling the route with his fiancee Sarah, wrote:

Rather than self-publishing a book of our photos via a vanity press many months after the trip, we want to send the original, one-of-a-kind photos to you from one our many stops along Route 66.

We want to travel Route 66, take photos with vintage Polaroids and send them to people – friends, family, even strangers. Each photo will necessarily be a one of a kind, you will have the only copy in existence. We won’t even have one! . Each will be taken along Route 66 and will in some way capture the essence of the old road.

This isn’t the first attempt to document the Mother Road with Polaroid images. Christopher Robleski published his “Fading Nostalgia” book of Route 66 signs.

Still, Swanger’s bid to essentially give away the images is unique.

If Swanger’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he traveled Route 66 in a Vespa scooter in 2008.

A closer look at Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum March 13, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motorcycles, Museums, Television.
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KWTV in Oklahoma City filed this report about the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum on Route 66 in Warwick, Okla.

News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |

You can read my report on Seaba Station’s initial opening in 2010.

Route 66 in six minutes December 20, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motorcycles, Photographs, Road trips.
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Motorcycle tour guide Gary Behr posted this video of a series of quasi-time-lapse photos from Richard Alexander’s mounted GoPro camera. The images come from Route 66 (and a side trip or two) from Chicago to Victorville, Calif. — about 2,600 miles worth.

Behr has a blog here.

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