Q: What do you do?
A: Primarily I am an author. Linked with this is Jim Hinckley’s America, a multifaceted platform (blog, YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, presentations, Facebook live programs) for the promotion of my books as well as the people and the places that make an adventure on Route 66 memorable.
Q: What was your first contact with Route 66?
A: Our first trip west along Route 66 was in 1959. It was a vacation of sorts as we lived in Virginia at the time. Then, in the summer of 1966, we moved to Arizona from Michigan and most of the trip was made along Route 66. My father had purchased some land west of Kingman on Oatman Road, the pre 1952 alignment of Route 66. Traffic was almost non existent on that section of the old highway in those years so it was where I learned to ride a bicycle, and to drive. My first gainful employment was working for Ed Edgerton at Ed’s Camp where I helped tend his tomato garden.
Q: What’s your reason to stick with it to date?
A: I have always enjoyed the adventure of the road trip but only on the old highways and backroads. Until the mid 1990’s, Route 66, for me, was merely a road, a place where memories lived. My dearest friend and I usually had one grand adventure a year, and more often than not those odysseys included a bit of Route 66. Today there is something almost magical, an infectious excitement about a Route 66 adventure. Still, what really draws me to Route 66 is the people. Route 66 has been referred to as a linear community and while that is an apt descriptor, it falls short. Route 66 is America’s longest small town, and the world’s largest family reunion. It has the power to transcend barriers of language and culture, and a gathering of Route 66 enthusiasts in Germany or Pasadena always becomes a memorable, laughter filled event.
Q: What fascinates you, what do you like most about Route 66?
A: The people. Fans of Route 66 and the people that keep the restaurants, the museums, and the motels going, the writers, bloggers, and photographers, have an enthusiasm and excitement that is invigorating. With each encounter I am refreshed and inspired. It is the friendships made along the way, the shared memories, and the shared adventure.
Q: Do you have an inspirational quote or slogan?
A: The worst day shared with friends on Route 66 is better than the best day anywhere else.
Q: Anything else that comes to mind?
A: Even though I have written books about Route 66, its culture, and its history, I find it impossible to fully capture the essence of Route 66. Route 66 is an adventure that must be experienced. The friendships made along the way will last a lifetime.
Website and Blog
Jim Hinckley’s America – Route 66 Chronicles
The official blog and website for author Jim Hinckley
Jim Hinckley’s Books on Amazon
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