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Former Route 66 motel site in Albuquerque will be apartments December 31, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Signs.
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An apartment complex is proposed for former site of the Silver Moon Lodge near downtown Albuquerque, reported the Albuquerque Journal. However, the developer will pay tribute to the motel and its Route 66 roots by reusing its sign.

The Silver Moon Lodge’s original sign will be used with the proposed apartment complex.

DBG Properties, a division of GSL Properties in Portland, Ore., has applied for $8 million in revenue bonds from Bernalillo County to pay for construction of the four-story, 150-unit project at 918 Central Ave. (aka Route 66).

The motel, which dated to the 1950s, was closed for several years before being razed in 2011.

Longtime Route 66 roadie Mark Potter said it formerly was a Desert Skies Motor Hotel.

According to the newspaper:

The urban renewal project, called the Silver Moon Lodge Apartments, would consist of one 106,307-square-foot building shaped like an “L” and built along the sidewalks on Central and 10th, according to a project description prepared by Bernalillo County. The interior of the lot would have a swimming pool and limited parking.

The Silver Moon name was adopted as a nod to the site’s decades of use as Route 66 lodgings, said Walter “Skip” Grodahl, chairman and CEO of DBG Properties and a principal of GSL Properties, the most-active apartment developer in Albuquerque during the 2000s.

“We’re going to re-use the original lighted Blue Moon sign to mark the apartments,” he said.

Albuquerque Business First says the Silver Moon Lodge was used in a scene in 2007’s Oscar-winning film “No Country for Old Men.”

At least two dozen vintage Route 66 motels still stand along Central Avenue, but there are not enough Route 66ers and other tourists to keep all of them going. Many of the motels now exist as low-income housing.

(Photo of Silver Moon Lodge sign by Tadson via Flickr)

Route 66 in a hand bike December 30, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Bicycling, People, Road trips.

Longtime readers may remember Norberto de Angelis. The Italy native was a football player who became paralyzed in a car accident. After his recovery, he decided to pedal the length of Route 66 in 2009 using a specially equipped hand bicycle.

This 26-minute video documents his journey. The narration is in Italian, but it should be easy enough to follow.

De Angelis also posted photos from Route 66 on his website.

A peek at Disney’s Cars Land float December 29, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Movies, Television.
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If you watch the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day, keep an eye out for Disney’s “Destination: Cars Land” float.

The Disney Parks Blog provided a sneak peek of the float at its warehouse in Asuza, Calif., before the flowers are affixed.

The Cars Land theme park is inspired by the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, as depicted in the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated film “Cars.”

The broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific (11 a.m. Eastern) on New Year’s Day. NBC, ABC, HGTV, and RFD-TV will be among the channels covering it.

UPDATE 12/30/2012: This report from KGO-TV in San Francisco contains some details about the Cars Land float:

UPDATE 12/31/2012: A new video has surfaced from Disney Examiner:

Cruising with Earl Grant December 29, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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This performance by Earl Grant has become one of my favorite performances of Bobby Troup’s most famous song. I like the easy groove of this tune.

This recording came out in 1966 on a tribute album to Nat King Cole, who’d died of cancer the previous year. Cole popularized Troup’s “Route 66″ in 1946 when it became a big hit on the pop and R&B charts.

Fun with mounted cameras December 28, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music, Road trips.
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As the quality and portability of high-definition video have gotten better, we’re seeing more of such clips show up on the Internet from the Mother Road.

This video, which included mounted angles, comes from Poland:

Route 66 clip from meedia.pl on Vimeo.

The song is “Route 66 Revisited,” by Jimmy LaFave. The song can be downloaded for 99 cents here.

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