Archive For The “Illinois” Category

Day 4 – Saint Louis Getting Closer

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Day 4 – Saint Louis Getting Closer

Saint Louis is Getting Closer.  After leaving the turkey tracks (which were on a side alignment), we  came across Polly’s Restaurant.  It seems like Polly’s is closed down.

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis Continued

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis Continued

Traveling to Saint Louis continued, we leave the cobblestone highway and we come upon this…

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

Let’s make this clear.  There are two Springfields on Route 66 — Illinois and Missouri.  We’re leaving the one in Illinois heading to Saint Louis, Missouri.  Before we head out we are going to go to Lincoln’s Tomb.

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Day 3 – Lincoln to Springfield

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Day 3 – Lincoln to Springfield

We’re still on Day 3 in this recap as we drive from Lincoln to Springfield.  Illinois is definitely the land of Lincoln.  You can’t go anywhere without seeing some reference to Abraham Lincoln.

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Day 3 – Beyond Normal

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Day 3 – Beyond Normal

Beyond Normal As we head southwest, beyond Normal, Illinois, we continue to find interesting things and people. Coming from Western New York where maple syrup is a staple food, it was fun to see a sugar house on Route 66.  Funks Grove is best known for pictures of a barn with colorful Adirondack chairs (how…

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Day 3 – Waking Up Normal

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Day 3 – Waking Up Normal

Waking up Normal is not something I normally do. Normally, I get up, read my scriptures, shave, shower and… well… you know the routine.  I do not look forward to showering in this disgusting Motel 6 bathroom.  It’s so bad I will not photograph it.  I’ve seen worse at old Boy Scout Camps where you expect to rough it.

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Day 2 – Going to Normal

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Day 2 – Going to Normal

This is a continuation of day 2 as we’re going to Normal.  Today I kept thinking about the scene in Young Doctor Frankenstein when Doctor Frankenstein asks Igor about the brain Igor brought him.   “Abby… Abby Normal.”

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Day 2 – Joliet Illinois

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Day 2 – Joliet Illinois

Today’s recap starts in Joliet Illinois, which is just south of Chicago.  It is host to a very nice museum.  It is also home to Route 66 Soda.  Yes, they make Route 66 Beer (a play on words – it’s root beer).

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Day 1 – Chicago South

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Day 1 – Chicago South

Chicago south to Joliet is an interesting drive.  As you get away from downtown, parking becomes more available even though you are surrounded by tall buildings.

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Superlatives

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Superlatives

What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it?

Well, let us list them.

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