June 2009

One of the landmarks of Route 66 is the Wigwam motel in Rialto, California.  Their website says they are an “icon of Route 66” and that certainly describes them.  I’ve been seeing Wigwam postcards and pictures for as long as I can remember.

There are two other remaining Wigwam motels that I’m aware of, one in Cave City, KY, and the other in Arizona.

We’re still working on our schedule, but even if we don’t to stay the night at the Wigwam in Rialto, we’ll certainly stop in for a visit!


A friend of mine turned me on to this place in Aradia, Oklahoma.  I imagine after many hours on the road, a nice, cold, bottle of pop would the spot.

I don’t know if we’ll be passing by this place in the daytime or nighttime, but from their website, the nighttime view looks nothing less than spectacular.  I think we’ll have to stop for at least a bottle of pop here!

One of the things we’re wanting to accomplish with this trip across Route 66 is to make connections and new friends.  I was just sent a wonderful website called Couch Surfing.  I especially like the mission statement of this group:  “Participating in making a better world, one couch at a time”.

I’ve recently been reading about some of the old time buskers who worked their way across the country, and the lasting friendships they made in the towns they played in..some of those friendships lasted for the rest of their lives.

This exactly one of the goals of this trip…to meet folks all around Route 66, form friendships, and spread peace and love through music.  I can’t think of any better way to do it than couch surfing!

Just a note to let you know that Patchwork is featured on the new “Give a Girl a Chance” CD, which benefits The Tenderness Tour which was founded by Richard Propes, who, by the way, is the man responsible for Rick and Holly meeting.
This is a wonderful compilation of 19 songs featuring, besides Patchwork, Carrie Newcomer, Dean Phelps, The Trust Project, and many others.  It’s certainly a worthy addition to any music collection!

If you’re in the Indianapolis area, the CD Release Party, featuring performances by several of the artist, will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 14th, at 2PM, and the Northview Church of the Brethren, 4555 E 46th Street, in Indianapolis!  Come on out and join us!