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Geezer Riders reach the end of the line April 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Road trips.
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The Geezer Riders considered their ride to Oatman, Ariz., one of the highlights of their Route 66 trip because of the rugged Black Mountains surrounding it, the semi-wild burros roaming the streets and the quaint businesses. Here's the story on it in the Mainichi Daily News of Japan.

Here is the report about the Geezers' ride through the Mojave Desert, including a stop at the Bagdad Cafe. They noted that road conditions were a bit rough, which were caused last spring by record rains. 

On the final leg of their trip through the Los Angeles metro area, it sounds like the Geezer Riders bypassed the old road and went on the freeways instead. Too bad. They missed a lot of interesting things that way. 

“RV” movie contains a brief Route 66 connection April 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies.

According to film reviewer Brent Simon of Now Playing magazine, the new Robin Williams comedy "R.V." has a brief Mother Road reference:

In the end, too, after the secret of Bob’s meeting comes out, a moralistic ending gives way to a cast karaoke version of “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” a la the Farrelly brothers’ effusive end-credit celebrations.

Considering that "R.V." is receiving reviews that range from mediocre to dreadful, this might be one of those movies to rent on the cheap from your local DVD store instead of shelling out $8 for a ticket.

A new interview with Pixar’s John Lasseter April 28, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies, Web sites.
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Jonathon Moran of Seven.com.au in Australia sat down and talked with Pixar director John Lasseter about the studio's upcoming "Cars" movie, which is based on Route 66. Lasseter says "Cars" is "the most complex film we have ever made." 

Lasseter also said his trips on Route 66 also greatly influenced the film's look.

… The film tells the story of Lightning McQueen, a rookie race car that gets stuck in a small town on America's Route 66 highway.

"When we got into these towns, we realised that a picture says a thousand words," said Lasseter, a self-confessed "car geek".

"A computer likes things perfect and perfectly clean. The more that you add details to make it look believable, all that stuff has to be put in by hand. You have to create it and that adds so much complexity to the world."

In other "Cars" news, the film's Web site has added the characters Chick Hicks and The King to its showroom. Also, State Farm insurance's "Countdown to Cars" page has added nine types of wallpaper to its site.

Hampton Inns wins Preserve America honor April 27, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Businesses, Preservation.

Jim Conkle of the California Route 66 Preservation Foundation reports that both he and Hampton Inns were nominated for the Preserve America Presidential Award.

Conkle found out yesterday that Hampton Inns won, so he in essence also won because he was a humongous part of the Hampton Inns Route 66 Caravan a few years ago that plastered Route 66 Roadside Attraction signs up and down the route and was also a part of Hampton's Save-A-Landmark program.

Conkle and Hampton Inns will meet with President Bush on May 1 for the awards ceremony at the White House.

Tulsa’s Route 66 Master Plan is now online April 27, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Businesses.
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I reported on this plan here and here a few months ago when I had a hard copy of it. But now it's on Tulsa County's Vision 2025 site for your perusal.

Fat Man has fewer than 300 miles remaining April 27, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in People.
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Steve Vaught of thefatmanwalking.com is enjoying springlike weather in Pennsylvania and has fewer than 300 miles to go in his cross-country trek, according to his April 26 journal entry (near the bottom of the page). 

Also, if anyone wants to join Steve's walk into New York City, e-mail him at [email protected] to let him know.

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