10 Pictures Sway Interest of Route 66 Photographer

Husband and Wife Explain Beginning of Small Business Along Mother Road

SPRIGNFIELD, Mo -- It's the question every man loves to ask, and the response they hate to hear. 

 Richard Walker knows it well.

"I've always been interested in Route 66," he explained. "So I asked my wife if she wanted to go on a motorcycle trip with me."

Her response of "I'll just stay here" was discouraging. but it didn't stop his solo venture to Chicago.

"At the time, I just didn't have any interest in going," said Judy Walker. "We had never really disagreed on vacations before, but this time I just let him go by himself."

He packed his bags and headed east on the Mother Road.

Map in hand, he left with just 1 instruction from Judy: "please take some pictures."

"I was always interested in all of the buildings, the roadways, and the different alignments that come through different towns."

"But I always just tend to take mental photographs."

He came back with just 10 pictures.

"That's a pretty good average for me!," Richard laughed.

His wife, pleasantly surprised. 

"Despite only 10 pictures, that was all it took for me to change my mind about Route 66," explained Judy.

The couple now travels the route extensively in their off time, take way more than 10 picturs. 

Judy also operates RJ's Route 66: a small business, store, blog, and social media endeavor dedicated to all things along the historic road. 

Her work caught the attention of a trade-magazine, Wearables, last year.

And it's also catching the attention of the next generation of travelers.

"It's a challenge to get the younger people involved in Route 66, but we are trying," she said.

"We are trying to capture a new generation of Route 66 followers because we don't want the interest to die."


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