Route 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!

ROUTE 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!
It’s the First Tuesday in February!
January is now in the history books.
Football Season is over.
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Where do you want to go this year?
Destination Unknown?
Domestic or International?
First Class or Coach?
Planes, Trains, Automobiles, or Boats?
Flying, riding, driving, or cruising?
Do you travel with a group, a spouse, a friend, or go it alone?
Would you like fries with that?

TAKE A ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP! – “Hit the road Jack!”

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START!
Route 66 originally began on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (1926)
In 1933, the beginning (and ending) was moved east onto reclaimed land for the Chicago World Fair to Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive.
In 1955, Jackson Boulevard became a one way street west of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street became westbound US-66. However, the start of US-66 remained on Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive on Lake Michigan.

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Flag of the City of Chicago

Adams Street at Michigan Avenue is currently marked as the starting point (but Route 66 never started there) and the intersection of Jackson Blvd and Michigan Avenue is marked as the end in Chicago.

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FINISH!
Route 66 originally ended at 7th and Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles (1926). Now, Route 66 ends at Lincoln Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.

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Flag of the State of California

The “TOURIST ENDING” is the Will Rogers Plaque in the Palisades Park at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard and the official  “End of the Trail” sign (placed in 2009) at the Santa Monica Pier (opened in 1909).

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US Route 66 – established 1926

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written by Bobby Troup
“If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
It winds from Chicago to LA,
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
Now you go through Saint Louis, Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona. Don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.”

Route 66 (United States Highway 66)
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aka the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America, or “the Mother Road”
‎30 hours of driving, 2448 miles, three time zones and 8 (or 9) states,
from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California:

Illinois: Chicago, Pontiac, Lincoln, Springfield (the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln)
Missouri: Chain of Rocks Bridge, St. Louis, The Gateway Arch, Sullivan, the Meramec Caverns, Cuba, Rolla, Springfield
(Kansas): Baxter Springs
Oklahoma:
 Claremont, Catoosa, the Blue Whale, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Oklahoma City, El Reno, Clinton, the Route 66 Museum, Elk City, the Pony Bridge
Texas: Amarillo, the Cadillac Ranch, Vega
New Mexico: Tucumcari, Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo (the oldest inhabited community in North America since 1150), Gallup
Arizona: Lupton, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, the Lowell Observatory, William, Seligman, Kingman, Grand Canyon National Park, Oatman
(Nevada): Las Vegas
California: Needles, Joshua Tree National Park, Barstow, the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernadino, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean

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Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California!

“Keep your eyes on the road
Your hands upon the wheel
Yeah, we’re going to the roadhouse
Gonna have a real good-time”
Roadhouse Blues by The Doors
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“The Grapes of Wrath” 1939 Film


In 1984, the final stretch of US Highway 66 in Arizona was decommissioned after the completion of I-40 north of Williams.  The highway was decertified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation the following year in 1985 and US-66 was officially removed from the map.

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GO WEST!

Cyrus Avery, the “Father of Route 66”, created and promoted the highway during his lifetime

The Iconic Volkswagen Microbus!

The VW bus is the brainchild of Ben Pon, a Dutch importer of Beetles to the Netherlands, who saw the market for a small bus and in 1947 sketched out a concept that VW liked.

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March 8, 1950 – The Volkswagen Type 2 (or the Transporter) goes into production!
aka VW Bus, Bus, Microbus, “Combi”, “Splittie”, “Bulli”, and Hippie Wagon,

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The VW Bus was only the second product made by Volkswagen (the first was the Beetle). In 1972, the VW Beetle passed the Ford Model T and became the world’s best-selling car, with over 15 million automobiles produced.

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“Hippie Bus”

Volkswagen, or “People’s Car” (from the German language)

In 1933, Hitler became Chancellor of Nazi Germany. He wanted new roads (the Autobahn) and an inexpensive, fuel-efficient, mass-produced automobile for the people. Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian engineer, was commissioned to design an affordable small car. In 1938, work began on the Volkswagen factory, located in present-day Wolfsburg, Germany, but full-scale production didn’t begin until after World War II.

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Before World War II, it wasn’t called a Volkswagen Beetle but instead was named the KDF Wagen, a reference to the Hitler Youth motto “Kraft durch Freude” or “Strength through Joy.”

Josef Ganz, a German-Jewish engineer developed and patented many concepts for the VW Beetle and his name was removed on purpose by the Nazis. Ganz faced lawsuits over his patents, and a halt to his benefits from his previous employers Mercedes-Benz, Adler and BMW. He lost his position as editor-in-chief of “Motor-Kritik” and the Gestapo arrested him for alleged blackmail of the industry. He was threatened with assassination, forced into exile and forgotten. He died from a heart attack, unmarried and childless, at age 59 in Australia in 1967. 

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Porsche’s Concept: “A lightweight, inexpensive, streamlined car with independent suspension and swing axles in the rear of the car” – helping navigate “rough roads,”

Allied bombing destroyed most of the VW plant, which produced military vehicles for the Nazis during WWII. After their defeat, the British Government decided the plant would be a benefit for West Germany if it resumed manufacturing the Beetle.

Historic Route 66 – the oldest Route 66 website!
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“The future’s uncertain and the end is always near.
Let it roll, baby, roll
 – Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll – Let it roll, all night long.”
– Roadhouse Blues 
by The Doors

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“Ramming Speed!”

 



UPDATE: February 8, 2020 – TRAVEL ALERT! NOVEL CORONAVIRUS!

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Friends, the Coronavirus World Health Crisis is at Epidemic/Pandemic level and still hasn’t peaked. Please rethink (cancel) any and all travel plans you may have until the emergency is over.

Updated WHO advice about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV>
www.who.int/ith/2019-nCoV_advice_for_international_traffic/en/ (Jan 27, 2020)

 



 

FlashbackFriday! Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

FlashbackFriday!

Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

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Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356c Cabriolet in the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live

Janis Joplin purchased a used 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet for $3500 from Beverly Hills car dealer Estes-Zipper in 1968. She paid Dave Richards, one of her roadies, $500 to give the Porsche a psychedelic face lift. Completed in one month and titled “The History of the Universe.” The car and its paint job (a base coat of Candy Apple Red with portraits of Big Brother and the Holding Company, her astrological sign Capricorn, “The Eye of God” design on the hood, butterflies, jellyfish and a Northern California scene on the side doors) became one of the most recognizable vehicles in San Francisco.

The Porsche was stolen in 1969 and partially repainted before being found.  When the stolen car was recovered, the paint job was restored because they were able to remove the new paint from the clearcoat with little damage to the original artwork underneath.

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Janis Lyn Joplin aka “Pearl” RIP (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

After Janis’ death in 1970, the car was used by her manager Albert Grossman. And then in 1973 ownership of the car went to her siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin in Ohio, who shared it for about 30 years. Michael rebuilt the original engine and returned the car to the original dolphin gray color (although some say it was originally oyster white). Working from photographs, artists Jana Mitchell and Amber Owen, restored Dave’s original artwork in 1990 and the 4-speed manual transmission was rebuilt and restored. The family loaned the Porsche to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when Janis was inducted in 1995 and it was exhibited in museums until 2015. We saw it and took the above photograph in the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles in 2013 (see our previous Blog).

NOTE: Dec. 10, 2015 – A 1964 Porsche 356 that once belonged to the rock singer Janis Joplin sold at auction for $1.76 million (the highest price ever paid for any Porsche 356 at auction). The car had been expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000. The sale price includes a 10% commission for Sotheby’s auction house. According to the family, the proceeds from the auction will be used to support social programs in Janis’s memory.

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.”

Sotheby’s did not say who bought Janis’ car and the buyer has not come forward.

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Janis’ Porsche at the “Driven by Disruption” Auction at Sotheby’s

 

Opening Day at the LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Opening Day at the LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

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LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Friday Afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) continued…

After our FREE LUNCH at the new Karl Strauss Brewery (see previous Blog) we drove over to the LA Auto Show at the Convention Center and parked in the West Hall lot for $20.

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LA Auto Show 2016 – #LAAutoShow

CARS! CARS! CARS!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – The Mystery Machine

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LA Auto Show 2016

 

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LA Auto Show 2016

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LA Auto Show 2016

 

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LA Auto Sh0w 2016

 

Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California)

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STAR WARS!!!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars!

 

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars! Rogue One Models

 

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LA Auto Show 2016 – LA Convention Center – Parking $20

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Renting a Car in Honolulu?

Renting a Car in Honolulu?

Will You Need A Rental Car in Hawaii?
Here’s a Q&A from a saved draft. This is a Travel Blog.
Sharing it now for #TravelTuesday!

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Waikiki Beach – Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Is there a difference in reserving a rental car here or when we land in Honolulu? Any rental companies you’d recommend or avoid?

A: Internet before you arrive!

Check each Rental Car Company WEBSITE for best deal! They run 24 hour cycles for car rentals, so if possible arrange your pickup and drop off in 24 hour increments. You can also get a deal on week long rental if you’ll be there that long. Also, you’ll get better rates away from the airport rental office (you won’t pay airport fees), so if they have another location rent from them. (they might even offer delivery to your hotel and you can usually get a free shuttle from the airport)

NOTE: Each company’s rates and availability vary wildly depending on what events are happening, the day of the week, the weather, “hotel block” specials and many other factors, so reserve ahead of time VIA TELEPHONE (not the internet) if possible and always get a confirmation number and the name, employee number and direct phone number of the employee you booked the reservation with.

AAA offers discounts, join the rental car company “customer card” loyalty program before searching for rates (they always offer upgrades and discounts) and check with the hotel for a package deal/discount or free rental! You probably don’t need additional insurance coverage, but check with your own car insurance company and make sure you are covered when driving a rental car in the destination location! If you have travel insurance, that may also cover you. Check and see if the resort fee at the hotel covers parking too.

They also may try to sell you GPS and additional upgrades, add-on services or amenities with your basic rental. Buyer beware! Do you need that GPS or can you just use your smartphone? It’s a lot of fun to have a convertible or a jeep, but how much more will it cost and how much driving will you really be doing on Oahu? Remember to figure the cost of fuel into your budget and the higher gas prices in Hawaii!

NOTE: Once you’ve found the best deal for a rental car, check and see about package deals/vacation companies that will save you money with a bundled “air-hotel-rental car” package or consult a travel advisor for additional service and a price quote.

Plan ahead! Make your reservation well in advance and watch for any specials that might be offered after you reserve (they’ll usually allow you to change to the lowest rate). Be sure to plan your connection from the airport to the rental car company location, most offer free shuttles, or you can arrange other transport. It’s always best to do your research and make your arrangements and reservations prior to arrival.

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Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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6:30am – Good morning!  Road trip to the City of Industry.

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4:15pm – And the return trip!

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