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MEMORY LANE - NEXT EXIT

Welcome to Route 66 Adventures where the neon still glows bright along Route 66, shiny new Studebaker cars roll from the factory in South Bend, the Edsel is the talk of the town, and tail fins represent the latest in automotive styling.
We at Route 66 Adventures work hard to ensure your stroll down Memory Lane is a pleasant, enjoyable, and memorable one. In addition to regular posts by award winning author Jim Hinckley, there are numerous links to sites, including classic roadside locations, that will help in your endeavor to plan the ultimate trip along the Main Street of America and other legendary highways. In addition there are also a number of links to sites that provide technical information, as well as support, to keep your vintage car on the road.
We have also added a wide array of information about Kingman, Arizona, the self proclaimed "Heart of Historic Route 66", that is updated daily.
Before you leave meet the proprietor and learn about forthcoming projects by this author. Please take a moment to give your impressions, thoughts, and suggestions as to how we may make your visit more enjoyable.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

ANOTHER EPIC ADVENTURE AND CELEBRATING ROUTE 66 IN GERMANY

One week ago today, an historic event opened in the quaint village of Ofterdingen Germany - the first European Route 66 festival hosted by the German Route 66 Association. The opening days activities included an unprecedented conference with representatives from Route 66 associations as well as passionate enthusiasts from Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and France, as well as a few folks from the United States participating. The goal was to establish an international advisory group to work with the Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative. Fittingly, it took place in the 90th anniversary year of what just may be the most famous highway in America.
Courtesy Sylvie Toullec
I was quite honored to be participating in an event of such magnitude. There was a palpable sense of history in the making. 
Another highlight of the festival and conference was receipt of an award for my support from the German Route 66 Association. 
Thanks to Melanie Stengele of Bensheim, I was also privileged with an opportunity to address a high school class and speak on the American Dream as made manifest on Route 66. 
The conference, the festival, and our entire German adventure is not something that will be soon forgotten. As with our trip to the Netherlands and Belgium last year, my dearest friend and I, through the gracious hospitality of friends, were privileged with an opportunity to be more than mere tourists. 
Sylvia and Bernhard opened their home, and treated us as family. Together we laughed, made memories, and explored the stunning landscapes, historic sites, and the quaint villages of southern Germany. Sylvia's months of planning ensured it was a grand adventure.
Meeting with old friends, members of the Route 66 family, is always a pleasure. Still, there was something quite special about laughing over dinner and beer with friends from the Netherlands and Germany, France and Belgium, and sharing the magic of Route 66, at a festival in Germany that was so American it could have taken place in Kingman, Galena, Cuba, or Carthage.
In the coming weeks I will share more from our grand adventure to Bavaria and the Rhine River Valley, details about the conference, and highlights from the festival that Wolfgang and Anja worked so hard on to ensure a good time was had by one and all.
Through the blog, the Jim Hinckley's America Facebook page, and the free subscription service, Updates From Jim Hinckley's America (subscription form in right hand column), I will also be sharing travel tips as well as hotel and restaurant reviews in coming days. There will also be new additions to the Jim Hinckley's America photo gallery on the Legends of America website. 
First, however, there is a need to readjust to the demanding schedule of the real world, a difficult task after living a story book adventure for almost two weeks.  
That includes a television interview about the festival in Prescott (Morning Scramble, AZ TV 7) on Monday morning, a series of meetings next week, meeting with several tour groups, the monthly Route 66 Association of Kingman meet and greet on Thursday evening, the final edit for a new book, and preparation of a report on the promotional aspects of the trip and festival to be presented before the city council on August 2. 

  

  
     

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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
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Black Range Tales
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Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion
Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer
Classic Chevrolet Dealerships: Selling the Bowtie
By Motor to the Golden Gate
The Last Convertible
Chrysler, Ford, Durant and Sloan: Founding Giants of the American Automotive Industry
Virgil Exner: Visioneer: The official biography of Virgil M. Exner, designer extraordinaire
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine
Legendary Route 66: A Journey Through Time Along America's Mother Road
The Diary of a Young Girl
Five Lies of the Century
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
Two Years Before the Mast: A Sailor's Life at Sea
The Hiding Place
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