Surprise visits from some old Route 66 friends are always a great way to brighten the day. When they're mixed with new folks who are visiting Route 66 for the first time, it gets even better.
When a van pulled up with signatures adorning every inch of it, we knew it was time for Jim Conkle to arrive. This long time advocate of all things 66 is on another mission now, the Save Route 66 initiative which hopes to create a Mojave Trails National Monument in California which will protect and preserve a 103-mile stretch of the Mother Road. He was accompanied by three other advocates, one being Mrs. California Route 66 (complete with tiara and sash!) and the aforementioned very visible van.