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My Good Friend Bob Waldmire
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MY GOOD FRIEND BOB WALDMIRE - A STORY AND MEMORIALby Ken Turmel - December 16, 2009 Greetings Fellow Route 66'ers and those of you who are a personal friend of my dear and close roadie buddy Bob…Continue

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paul goodwin and Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel are now friends
Sep 7, 2013
Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel commented on Josh Friedrich's group Route 66 Collector and Archivist Club
"Sounds great, J&K! Will be looking forward to meeting ya'll in Joplin. You'll most likely find me in the Authors & Artists booths area which I believe will be set up indoors in Christman's. In the meantime, I'd like to…"
May 4, 2013
Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel commented on Josh Friedrich's group Route 66 Collector and Archivist Club
"Welcome aboard, Joe and Kyra! We look forward to seeing you at the Route 66 Festival in Joplin! Viva Route 66!"
May 2, 2013
Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel and Sherry Guy are now friends
Apr 16, 2012
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"Right back at ya, Joe! Feelings are quite mutual! How's your weekend been going?"
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"Always a pleasure to hear from you Ken. "
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"Thank you, Joe! Much appreciated indeed. Hope you're having a blessed day as well!"
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"May you have the best birthday ever! Hope to see you soon buddy!"
Oct 18, 2011
Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel is attending Joe Loesch's event

Deep In The Heart of Route 66 - Amarillo Festival at Amarillo Texas

June 9, 2011 to June 12, 2011
Friday night June 10th the ‘Texas Crossroads’ kicks off the first hour of the evening at 9pm in the Nat Ballroom, Amarillo Texas. Then ‘The Road Crew’ takes over for the ‘Sock Hop’ from 10 to midnight, playing oldies from Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Rick Nelson and “Songs From The Mother Road” from their salute to Route 66 CD. Meet your fellow roadies, artist, author's, musicians, etc at the festival! There will be a car show and plenty to do. You’ll feel the Rock-A-Billy Beat…See More
Apr 15, 2011
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A group of Waymarkers or others who like to travel and see the great surprises Rt. 66 still brings.
Jan 31, 2011
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"Thanks a lot!!!"
Jan 31, 2011
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"Greetings Christopher! Great to see you here on Route 66 People! Congratulations on being the 400th member to join this terrific group of fellow Route 66 Roadies and Friends! Looking forward to seeing you in Oklahoma Route 66 Territory as we talked…"
Jan 30, 2011
Cort Stevens replied to Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel's discussion My Good Friend Bob Waldmire
"I feel lucky to have been able to meet Bob during my Route 66 trip, September 2009.  I had HOPED to meet him, but never dreamed that I actually would.  But, while I was sitting with Laurel at Afton Station, Bob drove up in his…"
Dec 23, 2010

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October 19, 1956
Route 66 ~ Santa Monica, CA.
About Me:
One could say that I'm just a Route 66 and Two Lane Amercia motorhorse rider travelin' from town to town while taking the paths that are much less traveled. An adventurer.

"To see something that you've never seen before,...
You must go somewhere you've never been before."

From 1995 thru 1997, while accumulating over 28,000 miles of cross country travel going back and forth from Chicago to Los Angeles, I made a personal stop and visit in each and every town and city along The Mother Road to obtain the official postmark from each post office along the way. Thus, the final results became a true historic document and artwork masterpiece which commemorated the 70th Anniversary of Route 66 and a rememberance of the interesting people that I met along the way. During my two years of travel, I had the pleasure to meet and greet with many famous Route 66 Personalities. People such as Bobby Troup; who wrote the song "Get Your Kicks on Route 66", Jim Rogers; son of the late Will Rogers, Angel Delgadillo; well known barber is Seligman, AZ., Michael Wallis; auther of "Route 66: The Mother Road", and 25 other very interesting and important people who all graced the historic artwork document with their signature.

Unfortunately, as time has gone by, a few of the small towns have dwindled down to almost nothing and the post office has since closed, while 9 of the famous Route 66 Personalities who autographed on the project have since passed away and are no longer with us.

It has indeed become a Historical Artwork Document.

An extremely rare signed and numbered limited edition set of full size prints of the original "66 and More" historic documentation artwork has been released. To view and obtain your own personal milestone copy please visit the website. Prints orders are available online at:

Once your print arrives to you and is proudly displayed on your wall, you'll be glad that you did not hesitate before the one time only edition is sold out.
Favorite Music:
Classic Rock 'n' Roll
Why are you here
For the support of keeping Route 66 alive and well.
List Of My Favorite Route 66 Places
Santa Monica Boulevard (Route 66) and the Grand Canyon

Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel ~ Route 66 Motorcycle Tour Guide Rider, Adventurer, Historian, Writer, Artist ~ Creator of the "First and Original Historic Route 66 Artwork Document that actually traveled city to city along the entire length of the Mother Road from Chicago to Los Angeles".

Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel's Biography

Kenneth Turmel was born October 19, 1956, directly on Route 66, just a few blocks from its end in Santa Monica, California. He graduated from El Camino Real High School in the San Fernando Valley in 1974. Upon graduation, he enlisted into the United States Air Force later that same year. Throughout his entire military tour of duty, Ken remained in the top ten percent of his training classes in the radio communications career field.

After his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1979, he joined the ranks of the United States Postal Service as a mail clerk and retired from his position in 1994, after 20 years of dedicated Federal Government service. Ken was extremely versatile during his postal career, for he had acquired the knowledge and skills of 35 different jobs and positions. He received several awards and certificates of recognition for his suggestions and ideas to postal management. Ken is also a song writer, producer/engineer and part-time musician. From 1982 until 1987, he owned and operated a multi-track recording studio. Two songs, which Ken wrote and recorded in 1985, have received regional airplay in the central Oklahoma area.

In the spring of 1993, the Oklahoma "Cherokee Strip Land Run" postage stamp was introduced by the United States Postal Service. That sparked Ken to put his music career on the back burner for a while, in order to concentrate on a "new idea" that he had. Ken will always admit that this new idea came to him in a dream from the Lord. He woke up one morning and promptly put his dream to work and the result is what he calls "Postmarkart".

His Postmarkart artworks consists of mint postage stamps placed on colorful, hand-painted backgrounds of state border outlines. These very large pieces of artworks are then hand-carried to hundreds of post offices throughout the United States, specifically for the purpose of acquiring historically significant postmarks to be placed directly atop the original artwork background. Each postmark is inked in its own city and mile by mile the artwork blossoms into a wonderful collage masterpiece. His methodical procedure of personally delivering each artwork to each and every post office is never compromised. The artworks are never mailed to accomplish this tedious task. Besides that, creating a large Postmarkart project is extremely time and cost sensitive, and Ken would never let the original artworks get very far from his sight.

The "pictorial postmarks" which were placed on the artworks, commemorating specific celebrations along Ken's postmarking routes, have all expired and have been destroyed by the postal service according to regulations. This means that the Postmarkarts become historical documents at the same time as they are being created. These works have been acclaimed to be a "first of its kind" by over 1000 postmasters and postal officials, including many confirmations from various museums, collectors and professional artists.

Frequently dubbed as "the land runner", Ken has accumulated well over 150,000 miles of travel gathering postmarks and autographs within a 20 state region. He is currently working on some new and interesting Postmarkart projects which include the topics of the Lincoln Highway, California Sesquicentennial, Arizona Centennial and New Mexico Centennial. Ken believes that someday soon, all the postmarks he has acquired will be "lost in time" and will be no longer available. His plans are to keep landrunning for postmarks for as long as he can. I anticipate that someday Ken will take his music career and recording studio off that back burner. He is always coming up with all sorts of new and creative ideas.

So, in the meantime, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Until then, sit back and enjoy the historical Postmarkart. Happy Trails for now!

Here are Ken's favourite pages and info that he would like to share with you:

"Route 66 and More" PostmarkArt:

"Oklahoma and Friends" PostmarkArt:

"Texas Sesquicentennial Document" PostmarkArt:

"Adventure Centennial Document" PostmarkArt:

PostmarkArt News Articles:

Ken's Route 66 / Grand Canyon Adventure ~ 9 Part / 92 Pics Photo Tour:

"My Good Friend Bob Waldmire" ~ Feature Story Article by Ken Turmel:

Ken's Facebook Page:

Ken's Website HomePage:

Ken's Email Address:

All images and text copyrighted © 1993 - 2005 by Kenneth N. Turmel

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At 3:15pm on March 11, 2012, Joe Loesch said…

Always a pleasure to hear from you Ken.

At 12:35pm on March 11, 2012, Joe Loesch said…

Hope you're having a good day Ken?

At 10:56pm on October 18, 2011, Joe Loesch said…
May you have the best birthday ever! Hope to see you soon buddy!
At 6:20am on January 31, 2011, Christopher said…
Thanks a lot!!!
At 2:05pm on December 8, 2010, Wolfgang Werz said…
Thanks for the friendly welcome, Ken! I have to incorporate me now at this network but it looks nearly like Facebook. Looking forward to meet you and I'm glad to have found a new friend.
Ride safe & greetings from Germany, Wolfgang "66"
P.S.: And please excuse my awful english...
At 6:03pm on July 31, 2010, Cort Stevens said…
Hey Ken!!!! Hope you are well.
At 6:48pm on July 28, 2010, Anthony Black Wolf said…
Ken, my old friend-how the hell are ya??? Deb and I divorced back in 05-I'm living in Indiana again (South Bend). Hope everything is well there-gonna have to hook up again soon! Trying to talk current lady into taking a ride down 66 on a Heritage Softail-just about got her excited about a road trip!!
At 1:53pm on June 29, 2010, Thomas Dion said…
Thanks Ken. I look forward to cruising with you on the Mother Road on my next adventure! Until then, good luck on your tours this year!
At 2:59pm on February 7, 2010, mark powell said…
Be a few years before i get back to 66,but sure have to meet up.Off to Florida in a couple of weeks for bike week.Gonna be hard to leave my dog(wife fine LOL)as you can see he goes everywhere with me.
At 3:29pm on February 5, 2010, Ken 'the landrunner' Turmel said…
Hey Mate! Yep, that was me with my trusty 1977 steed the TT500 on the dirt (and paved) portions of old 66! Check out the full 66 trail ride, some of my other steeds, and also a Kiamichi trail ride at my Flickr Photos page.


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