Friday, October 24, 2008

Preservationist Parade, Part 2

I just called David at Afton Station to see how the 2nd day of Preservation Conference bus tours went. He said there were approximately the same number of people as yesterday, but they'd fallen behind schedule and were in a bit of a rush, so he didn't have time to talk to them as much as I did yesterday. He said he felt he got the preservation message across, however.

I forgot to mention yesterday that when I got to Afton there were several flooded areas, once again due to a leaky roof and a pretty strong rainstorm the day before. Much roof work needs to be done to stem the tides. With these old flat-roofed buildings, it's a matter of patch, patch, patch. Since we had the roof done, there are some new technologies we probably need to try. Looks like that will be our winter project.

Tonight Ron M. and I are going to a talk by Michael Wallis, "Mr. Route 66", author of Route 66: The Mother Road, the book credited with the resurgence of interest in Route 66 in the '90s. Michael Wallis He's a personal friend and I've listened to him speak a dozen times, but his talks are always different, always interesting and, mostly, inspirational. There's nothing like hearing a Wallis speech to fire up one's desire to get out and experience the Mother Road.

1 comment:

Beth said...

Ohhh, I have that book! In fact, I have two copies, because a cousin knows of my interest and sent me one after I had already bought one! That's probably THE best book for anyone just starting to have an interest in the Road. Very comprehensive, and with a reverence and joy for the Route 66 experience. Have fun--I'd love to hear him speak!

Love, Beth