It is pouring today. It is a good day for rain. All my work is inside.
Taking advantage of this rainy day, I am kicking out Route 66 posts and photos like crazy. I am also e-mailing various contacts about Route 66. Some are business owners, others friends. As a result, I’m getting lots done.
Because I am working on Route 66 stuff I am glad I blogged as we went. I am already forgetting places and people. It is good I have my blog to fall back on.
In contrast, I fell behind on this blog because of router problems. Beckwithmansion.com is the website my router won’t allow access to via http. Without that access I cannot update this blog. (I am only doing it now because I have reinstalled the old router. This is only a temporary fix.)
I also stopped using the iRibbon WordPress Template from CyberChimps. It is generating errors. When it rains, it pours.
I’m home safe and sound. Paul and I left South Bend, Indiana, about 10am this morning and headed straight home. It’s been a fun month, but I’m so happy to be home.
We left on September 4th, and here it is October 4th and our trip has come to an end. In the last 4 1/2 weeks we have seen the sublime, the absurd, the funny, the sad and more. We’ve seen president’s graves, and birth places. Temples of the Lord and old abandoned places were on our route too. We’ve seen it all.
It is probably too soon to ask if I’d do it again, but under different conditions, I think I would. One would be to have Elizabethe come with me. Perhaps we’ll figure out a road trip where she won’t get bored to tears.
The Drive Home
The drive home started last week after reaching the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California. We got up the next morning and drove to Scotts Valley, California. The day after that we drove to Reno, Nevada, where we spent the night with my old high school buddy Jack. After Reno we headed to my daughter Amber’s house in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Our next stop was Cheyenne, Wyoming for the weekend. (I served in Cheyenne 40 years ago in 1977!!!) We got up Monday and headed to Omaha, Nebraska. Tuesday we stopped in South Bend, Indiana, and now we’re home.
Elizabethe and I have been married 20 wonderful years. She is the love of my life and supports me in my crazy pursuits. (Like driving Route 66 for 5 weeks.)
We celebrated with lunch at our favorite restaurant with our favorite waitress. Stephanie at Longhorn in Victor always treats us well.
Elizabethe ordered her usual. I had a coupon for a burger, fries and a drink for $10, so I went for the Kobe burger. (It was GOOD.) Because it was our anniversary, they brought us dessert (on the house).
Evening at the Temple
We are spending the evening in the temple. I had a wonderful experience (not suited for posting publically). The evening was busy, as a result time passed quickly. It is my last shift before my Route 66 trip.
Preparing for a 30+ trip is exhausting. Looking for misplaced items is the bane of my existence. I search everywhere. It makes me crazy.
I am missing a pouch that carries 2 batteries. For the life of me, I cannot figure out where it is. Looking everywhere, I am ready to give it up.
Elizabethe watched the 3 Wildey children this morning so their mom could go to the temple. She excitedly prepared checklists for them. The children are excited too.
My rhubarb salsa is more like pico de gallo. It contains chunks of blanched rhubarb, onions, corn, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, honey, lime juice, garlic and a few spices. The honey counteracts the acidity of the rhubarb. It’s good.
Elizabethe and I made a huge batch of it. I had it for lunch… and dinner. As a result, I’m all salsa’d out tonight. However, tomorrow I will be ready to eat more of it.
Route 66 Box
My Route 66 box arrived today. I’m going to place stickers on this box as we drive Route 66. It will be like an old ship steamer trunk with destination stickers. Elizabethe packed it with Bay Photo samples (some of which will be given away as we drive Route 66.
I was looking at my car reservations and want to make a couple of changes. It turns out it is cheaper for me to cancel and make new reservations. I hate that rental places do that. They should automatically lower your rate if rates drop.
A good portion of my day was spent working on Route 66 logistics. As a result I am excited to go, but a little stressed out in the preparations.
What a busy day. The day started with me taking Elizabethe for her eye shots. While she was in the eye doctors I ran errands nearby. We also stopped at a store on the way home.
As soon as I got home I had a teleconference meeting. That lasted until 1pm, and then we took Becky to the airport at 1:30pm. That put us back home around 3:30pm. We then leave for the temple around 4:30pm.
Yup, there it is… my day in a few words.
Elizabethe tells me I should concentrate on completing my NY SR 31 Book – Get It Done on 31. For the record, I was going to do it first. However, after my accident I decided to do Route 66 first. I am doing Route 66 first because 1) it has more notoriety, and 2) it will open people’s’ eyes to what I want to do for Route 31 here in New York.
I see much potential for NY SR 31. There are two drawbacks to it however. First, are the high property and school taxes here in New York. I-40 may have killed Route 66, but high taxes are killing western New York. Second, getting the word out to the rest of the world that NY SR 31 has much to offer.
All too soon I will be leaving on Route 66 and I still have much to do. I’ve been picking and choosing photos for samples to give away while on the trip. We’ll have magnets, dog tags, metal business cards and stuff like that to give away.
Our garden is doing well. I picked several cucumbers, squashes and a few tomatoes. Tomatoes are just starting to come ripe. We also have several tomatillos but they aren’t fully ripe yet.
We plan to go to Canada tomorrow so Becky can see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. Elizabethe pulled out her passport and it expired just a few days ago. Lovely. We’ll take it anyway and just in case.
We’re going to see the falls from both sides, and then drive to Kirtland, Ohio. We will spend the night there, and on Friday we’ll tour the historic sites in Kirtland.
I am looking forward to having lunch on Quaker Steak and Lube. I really enjoyed their all-you-can-eat chicken wings. It gave me a chance to sample a bunch of different sauces.
As I’m getting ready I set my new camera on the bed. I hear a thud and a crack as something hits the floor. It was the camera. I checked it out and nothing looked broken. I took a few pictures and it’s taking pictures. That’s when I noticed the lens mount seemed to be a little lopsided. I wiggled it and it wiggled too much.
I removed the lens and put a different one on the camera. The problem with the wiggle is the lens, not the camera.
The lens that fell seems to have a loose lens mount. I removed the 4 screws and discovered one is stripped and one screws in to a post that broke. This makes me sick.
So, the lens will cost up to $400 to repair. New it cost about $500. Used it cost about $400. New with X-E2S camera is about $600. Hmmm… What to do.
I learned today that I have cataracts in both eyes. That’s the no-so-good news. The good news is the doctor says they probably won’t need surgery in my lifetime. Still, though, for a photographer, that’s not the news you want to hear.
My eye doctor is really in to photography. He pumped my brain about how I sell my images and how I obtain business.
My day started with a bank run. I had lots of deposits to make. I got them deposited, grabbed a quick bite at McDonalds, and came home to mow the lawn.
The lawn mowing took me hours. It took 4 hours without the grass catcher this time.
I cooked a late lunch/early dinner. I grilled eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and chicken marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Except for the chicken, it was all out of our garden. (And, if the village would allow chickens, that could have been from our yard too.)
The lawn always looks nice after it is cut. I also trimmed some bushes back and whacked some weeds.
Republic Wireless is onboard as our Route 66 official voice and data provider. It is fun seeing the list of advertisers grow.
I bought a big box of strawberries and thought… Strawberry Shortcake! But, I don’t like shortcake, and an entire angelfood cake seemed too much, so I bought plain doughnuts! Strawberry doughnut! It’s a new sensation.
I split the doughnuts in half, grilled them with some butter to get a crisp edge, and then topped them with strawberries and whipped cream. Elizabethe wasn’t impressed, but I was. I’m going to grill doughnuts like this more often. Forget the icing, just grill my doughnut.
The roof is coming along. They keep finding stupid things the previous roofers did. Some of them explain the leaks, while others explain the dips.
Since they have to replace the rain gutters, we decided to replace them. We’re only paying for the materials because they have to put rain gutters back up anyway.
Route 66 60 Days
Route 66 is 60 days away. I’ve started working on images for Bay Photo samples. I’ve got to get these done soon!
I also purchased a new camera roller board for the trip. So far, none of the camera bag manufacturers have come forth. Elizabethe assures me that once they see what we are doing on our tour, they will wish they would have sponsored the trip. I believe she’s right.
Pageant workers are arriving. Several were at church today. These people set up the stage, sound equipment, and lighting. These young me work hard for the next few weeks.
After Sacrament Meeting I headed home. I was starting to cough and plus my coughing kept me awake half the night. My body needs rest.
I slept quite a while and I’m feeling a little better. So, until I can go back to sleep I’m watching some YouTube videos on Route 66.
This guy is annoying. I wonder about a guy in his 30s who travels alone, taking selfie-videos, and acting more than strange. Elizabethe walked in the bedroom and after about 5 seconds said, “He’s annoying.” While he showed some interesting sites and told some interesting back-stories, I can only take so much of him.
The next guy is even more annoying. At least the first guy told stories. This guy just burps and makes vulgar remarks.
There is a lot on YouTube about Route 66. It is unfortunate that you have to sift through video, after video, of junk before you find a gem. The good news is I found some places Paul and I will have to search for while driving Route 66.
No date night tonight. Elizabethe is feeling under the weather. She believes it is a cold; I think it is hay fever. Either way, she doesn’t feel up to going out.
July 3rd Prep
What’s with the July 3rd prep?
I’m having a First Monday Event on the theme of smoke bombs again. I’ve been looking for smoke bombs at local fireworks stands. I’ve discovered TNT Fireworks really blew it. They DON’T have SMOKE BOMBS. What’s up with that TNT?
Barely Legal brand does. In fact, you can pick your duration from about 4 seconds to about 2.5 minutes. Of course, you pay more for longer burns.
Route 66 Prep
Route 66 prep is a little more involved. I have limited space, but lots of things I’d like to bring. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I want to be fully prepared. At the same time, I have Paul’s equipment and luggage to be concerned with too.
This will be the longest trip I’ve ever taken, and the most miles I’ve driven in a single trip. We’re only shy 360 miles from making this a coast to coast trip. Undoubtedly we will be doing some side trips adding miles that will most likely push us beyond 7,000 miles.