Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers

Our thanks to Dianna Pickett for providing the following information about a trek along Route 66 in support of a worthy cause happening now!

Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers
Benefitting JDRF - Oregon/SW Washington Chapter
Having Fun While Helping Others

Oregonians Jim Pickett and Joe Roberts will leave September 15, 2014 on their bucket list adventure of driving the entire route of the historic Route 66, also known at The Mother Road. They will also be fundraising for JDRF - the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

The two 66 year-olds met when Jim’s son married Joe’s daughter. They now share a granddaughter and a love of vintage cars and travel. Driving the entire Route 66 road was on their bucket lists. They purchased a 1966 Thunderbird and have been preparing it for their dream 6,000 mile round trip. Interested people across the world will be kept up-to-date on their adventure via a website www.tbirdtrip66.com, blogging, and posted pictures and videos.

The six-to-eight week journey will begin in Portland, Oregon and end at the Santa Monica Pier via the Route 66 starting point in Chicago, Illinois. Their adventure will include car shows along the way, sight-seeing at many locations on their bucket list including sites in South Dakota - Custer, Sturgis, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial including sleeping in a tepee along the way. The Route 66 Car Show in Springfield, Illinois will be a highlight, along with visiting St. Louis and Joplin. Their wives will join them in Albuquerque for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and visiting Santa Fe.

“We are so honored that JDRF has been selected to benefit from this exciting journey. Best wishes for a successful trip! I know your donations will be making a difference for many people with Type 1 Diabetes,” said Judy Summers, Executive Director, JDRF, Oregon SW Washington Chapter.

Their car will be showing the JDRF logo and donations can be made to the JDRF.org. They will also passing out information about the JDRF.

For more information, contact:
Jim Pickett, Cell: 503-709-7689, dandjpickett@gmail.com
Joe Roberts, Cell: 503-310-5013, joecilla.roberts@gmail.com
JDRF Contact, Judy Summers, M.S., Executive Director, 503-716-1007

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For more information, please visitwww.jdrf.org.

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