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Day 3 – Lincoln to Springfield

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.

The last post mentioned the Lincoln theatre in Lincoln.  Well, it’s not the only one…

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Theatre Row in Lincoln, Illinois

More Lincoln

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Statue of Lincoln in Lincoln

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Informational Plaque

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Statue of Lincoln in Springfield at the Capitol Grounds

Interesting Things on Route 66

As you drive Route 66 you’ll notice certain themes.  One theme is directional signs.  Some without mileage and some with them.  So, Tokyo is 6352 miles, but I hate to break the news… It is not on Route 66, nor can you drive there from here.

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Directional Sign

This is something you don’t see everyday…  However, there are a few capitals along Route 66.  Springfield is one of them.

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Governor’s Reserved Parking Space

While you are in Springfield, walk around the capitol grounds.  You’ll see various statues in tribute to various politicians.

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Let’s not forget Senator Everett Dirskin

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Or Steven Douglas

Another interesting Route 66 attraction are the unique signs.  Repurposing an old truck door is a great way to advertise your Mantique Shop.

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A Guy’s Antique… I Mean Mantique Shop

Old Chevys Never Die… They Just Go Faster

That was my t-shirt back in high school.  This particular DeLux may not be the fastest on the road, but it is an example of what you find along Route 66.  Parked next to a house or business you find many old cars.  They are there for decoration.

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Old Chevrolets Dot Route 66

You’ll also find them garnished with fun objects like this antenna topper.

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Need Something for Your Antenna

The Not So Good

Then there is the not-so-good.  This is the stuff that isn’t pleasant to look at.

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Visual Pollution

Creative

Finally, there’s the creative stuff you find along Route 66.  Check out this garage’s method of protecting the gas meter.

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Create Use of Rods and Pistons

I give them an ‘A’ for creativity.

End of Day 3

This brings us to the end of Day 3.  We closed the day at the Capital Grounds in Springfield, Illinois.

Side Note for Photographers

By the way, it is worth mentioning that while on Route 66 all of our image processing was done with sponsor software.  (See http://route66photographers.com/sponsors/ )  With a certain company’s announcement that they will no longer off anything but cloud-based products for professional photographers, I am confident that these other products will do the job.

 


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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 ironic).  However, it is also a sugar house and maple grove.

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Sold Out

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Entrance Sign at Funks Grove

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Funks Grove – Sap tank

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Colorful Chairs at Funks Grove

There was nobody around to talk with, so we walked around and took pictures.  It’s too bad they were sold out.  It would be fun to compare Illinois to New York maple syrup.

Hotdog Man

From the Gentle Giant to the Hotdog Man of Atlanta, Illinois, the Bunyan-sized giant is another reconditioned Muffler Man.  Next to him a carnival game where you use your strength to see how far you can get on Route 66.  (Unfortunately, it was broken.  As a result, we didn’t get to try it.)

Locals recommended a diner in Atlanta.  The Palms Grill, across the street from the Hotdog Man, came highly recommended since their pies are quite good.  (So we were told.)  Because of the recommendations, we stopped for lunch.

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Chicken Fried Chicken

I had this amazing sandwich…

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You Can’t Go Wrong Ordering This

While waiting for your food, take a walk around to the other side of the restaurant.  It’s a Route 66 Museum!

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Palm Cafe Museum

And, add your pin!  (There are several of these along Route 66.  Where found, I added a pin.)

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Yes, I Added a Pin for Palmyra

Plus, the main reason to go to Palm Grill — the pie.  I will admit, it is VERY GOOD.

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Cherry Pie Billy Boy

More In Atlanta

Atlanta offers much.  This is a heartland Route 66 town.  It is where Chicagoans go to feel Route 66.  It has gift shops and a fun museum.

There is an arcade (pinball machines et al) too.  Because it was closed, we didn’t see it.  However, this one was open.  The Rolls Royce caught my attention.

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Arcade Museum

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Rolls Royce Trademark Flying Lady

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Mannequin at the 7Up Sign

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Mannequin at the Organ

The Mannequins along Route 66 make it fun.  They all serve a purpose, therefore they are welcome sights.  I love ’em.

Leaving Atlanta

As you leave Atlanta, take a picture of the water tower.  Most noteworthy is the Happy Face.

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Happy Face Water Tower

Lincoln

Next stop – Lincoln, Illinois.  It is named after… that’s right, Abe Lincoln.  (Hey, who knows… it could be named after the car!)

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Honoring Lincoln in the Lincoln Courthouse

See the descriptive plaque below… (not the bike rack, but after that.)

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Lincoln Bike Rack

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Descriptive Sign

These two young men caught my attention.  It is especially relevant because it is so Norman Rockwellish.  They were fun to watch, as well as fun to photograph.

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The Lincoln Theatre

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Logan County Court House – Lincoln, Illinois

We convinced the security guards we were harmless.  As a result we went inside and photographed this beautiful building.

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Logan County Court House – Lincoln, Illinois – Rotunda

More to Come

There is more to come, therefore, check back in a couple of days.  I will have more recaps.

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Bay Photo Labs, Republic Wireless and all the software vendors who made this fun.  (Software vendors:  Alien Skin, Anthropics, ACDSee, On1 and Topaz Labs.)    Let’s not forget Warner 5 Color.  The hand mirrors are a huge hit.


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Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs provided us with software for processing our images on our Route 66 Tour.  My hope was to process these images as we went along, however I didn’t realize how little time we would have.  We rushed to finish in 30 days.

As a result we will post images as we process them.  I guess this is truly post processing.  (Oh… the puns will roll.)

Clarity

Topaz provides a suite of plug-ins.  They have names like Clarity, Impression, Glow, etc.  Clarity is basically your color, contrast and value settings.

Here is a before and after using Clarity…

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Before Topaz Clarity

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Processed with Topaz Clarity

Topaz Clarity comes with several presets that you can mouse-over to preview the effect.  You can also make your own adjustments and save them as presets.

Detail

The companion to Clarity is Detail.  If you bring out the colors and contrast, you next want to bring out the details.  Detail is Topaz’ sharpening tool.  It does a fantastic job.  Before getting TopazDetail I would hear other professional photographers talk about it and I would think… why can’t you do that in ____ ?

My experience with Topaz Detail thus far has been it is cleaner and leaves fewer digital artifacts and ghosting around the edges.  Here’s an extreme example, yet it is very good.

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Processed with TopazDetail

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Before TopazDetail

Glow

Glow is an interesting plug in.  It works on the edges of objects inside the image.  For example, where the sky meets a building would be an edge.  As a result, soft edges, like clouds get an interesting halo effect, while hard edges remain hard and sharp.

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Glow Applied

While there is banding in the sky, that’s to be expected with an effect like this.  The above image probably wouldn’t score an 80 at IPC because of the banding, but it might be a start for an artistic rendition.

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Before Topaz Glow

Above is what the out-of-the-camera image looks like.

Conclusion

While I haven’t reviewed every Topaz plugin (and I’m not finished either), they are fun to use.  Just mousing over the presets gives you ideas.

I’m not a big fan of push-a-button results.  Why?  Because anybody can do that, however, using push button plug ins are a good augmentation to your tools  I can easily see using these as part of an artistic workflow.

In addition, I can see using these with prudence to produce stunning results.  Detail and Clarity are two, if used correctly, can bring an image in to amazing color and clarity.  Over use them, however, and you can ruin an image.


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Day 3 – Waking Up Normal

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.

We were happy to hit the road this morning.  This area is called the “Normal Bloomington Area”.  There’s university close by, and let’s see what there is to see around here.

First Stop

First stop was this darling old restored service station.  Owned by the City of Normal, it is rented out to a nice lady who told us of a nice place to have lunch.

The gas pumps out front are fakes, but they look nice.  The old clock-style gauges are actually that — clocks. Inside you’ll find art, gifts, postcards and other Route 66 items.  I bought myself a Route 66 hat.

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Srpague’s Super Service Station

On the corner is one of those cool Illinois Route 66 markers I love so much.

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Srpague’s Super Service Station Behind the Marker

Yes, it says “You Are Here”.  I guess that means I’m Normal.

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Normal Marker

Further Down the Road

Further down the road we hit a lot of pedestrian traffic.  What is this??? Kids out of school at this time of day???   Wait… those are college students?  I’m getting old.

As a result of it being a college town, Paul spotted this girl working on her homework.  I think she loved the attention, and I think Paul too a great picture here.

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Paul Captured This Pretty Young Lady Working on Her Homework.

Outside this cafe we met this couple….

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This Couple Was Fabulous Telling Us About Things to See on Route 66

She talked about growing up and traveling Route 66.  They told us to look for Muffler Men and other cool sights (and sites).

After leaving them, we saw this guy sitting on a bucked.  I asked if he was there to make sure people don’t mark up the concrete that was curing.  He said he was hired to do just that.

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Watching Concrete Cure

Imagine that… getting paid to watch paint… I mean, concrete dry.

He was super nice and all three of us had a good laugh.

More to come.


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Day 2 – Going to Normal

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.”

I’m sure people in Normal, Illinois, hear all sorts of jokes about their town.

One thing is for sure… Don’t stay at the Motel 6.  Yeah, I’m sure people are thinking… don’t stay at Motel 6 at all, but their are good ones… but not this one.

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Paul Taking Pictures

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Yup, Here We Are

Roadside Attractions

You see these blue Roadside Attraction signs along the way.  They are useful because they tell you what you’re looking at.  In this case, an old restored barn.  You can’t drive there off Route 66, you have to park and walk through the cornfields.  We passed as it was starting to get dark.

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Roadside Attractions – but way off the road

In several places old alignments of Route 66 are visible from today’s driveable road.  Standing on them tells a story in itself.  The new road looks and feels new, but the old road has many stories locked inside.

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The end of an old section adjacent to the current (newer) section.

Old, but not Abandoned

Some of these places look old, but when you stop to check them out, they are not abandoned.  It is an interesting mix of dilapidation and restoration.  Here’s a new Mobil sign on a very weathered building.

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One of Many old stations.

Something we don’t see often — phone booths.  However, this one obviously is a newer, TouchTone variety, yet, like much of Route 66 – obsolete.

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Mannequins Are Popular Along Route 66

People decorate their place with old pumps.

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I Wonder How Many Ferraris have Driven Route 66

They also decorate their place with old cars.  Some haven’t been moved in decades, while others are driveable.  I think this one is just there for the looks.

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Old Pumps and Cars… they make Route 66 what it is today.

I used one of these often when I owned my Corvairs.  Another relic of the past along Route 66.

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Won’t See These Around Town

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Pumps in Good Shape

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Something about these old pumps. This one said 11 cents/gallon.

Finding Your Way on Route 66

Finding your way on Route 66 isn’t always easy.  In this case, the road is called, “S. Old Route 66”, and it is marked.  As mentioned before, such signs are a target for poaching.  Sad, but true.  (Editorial Note:  This has given French tourists a very bad reputation along Route 66.  While I have no evidence they are the thieves, many locals we met have a disdain for our friends from France.  Perhaps they have witnessed the theft, I don’t know.  I’ve personally had shop owners walk up to me and ask, “Are you French?”, and when I’ve told them I was American, a sigh of relief came over them.    So, if you are French, and reading this, please share with your countrymen the need to repair this relationship.  More will be said about this in future posts.)

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You Know We’re on Route 66

Sometimes, finding your way means searching for known landmarks.  For example, search for Route 66 businesses.  Most of them are on Route 66 (but not all).  In the below example, you can see the Route 66 Family Restaurant along with a brown & white Historic Route 66 sign (next to the stop sign).

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One of Many Diners Along the Way

Also watch for stenciled Route 66 shields on the pavement.  That’s something they can’t steal.  However, be careful taking pictures of them.  Have a friend be a spotter who can yell, “Car coming.”

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There’s Nothing Consistent About these Route 66 Stencils on the Road

Watch for Old Alignments

As you drive Route 66, watch for old Alignments.  They are sometimes visible from today’s driveable roads.

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Old to New

It’s kind of cool to get out of the car and walk these old alignments.  Here you can see what’s left of the old yellow line.  Weeds grew through the sections revealing how the road was laid.

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What an Abandoned Road Looks Like

We rolled in to Pontiac, Illinois, around dinner time.  To my dismay, the Pontiac Museum was closed.  Being one of those Poor Old Nuts Thinks It’s A Cadillac (PONTIAC – get it?), I was disappointed.  My Grand Prix can’t find out about this.

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Pontiac Museum

A couple coming out of a restaurant told us about this old bus where  the artist who painted many of these murals lived.  Funny thing is, I’ve been in this bus, but not here.  I met the owner on one of my few Route 66 trips.

While there we met a lady from Greece who is here on business.  Paul snapped this picture of me standing by the sign with our friend from Greece.  (For the life of me, I can’t remember her name.)

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A Friend from Greece

And, here’s a cool Illinois 66 marker.  These are just plain cool.

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Pontiac Illinois Marker

Pontiac also has a tie with Abe Lincoln.  Here’s a young Abe standing against the fence.  (Click on his picture to learn more.)

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Abe Statue in Pontiac

Burma Shave

We found our first Burma Shave signs along Route 66.  “For a Davenport” is the punchline.  You’ll have to wait for the rest of the joke.

Burma Shave signs always had a message about safety.  They addressed things like not watching for trains, falling asleep at the wheel, drinking and driving, driving distracted (for which, they were ahead of their times).  The razor company became known for the public service messages which always ended with “Burma Shave”.

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First Burma Shave Signs

We have a beautiful sunset tonight.  We’ll be rolling in to Normal after dark.

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Tonight’s Sunset

Special Thanks

A very special thanks to Republic Wireless today.  Our data connection worked well everywhere we went today.  Also, I must add, using my Republic Wireless phone as a WiFi hotspot is working better than the WiFi at these hotels and motels.  It is faster and more reliable!!!  Plus, I love my Republic Wireless rates.

Another thanks to Bay Photo.  We hand out Bay press printed bookmarks and cards everywhere we go, and to everyone carrying a camera.  Some mention certain competitors, but I follow it with, “You owe it to yourself to give Bay Photo a try.”


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Day 2 – Joliet Illinois

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).

The owner, Alan Bruggeman, of Route 66 Soda met us at the museum.  He shared his knowledge of Joliet history with us, as well as insights about Route 66 Soda.  Alan also gave us a 4-pak with grape, orange, root beer and cream soda.  (Their cream soda is the best.)

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Alan From Route 66 Soda Presents Brent and Paul with a 4-pack of Soda

Route 66 Diners

We ate at our first Route 66 diner today.  At the recommendation of the lady at the museum gift shop, we walked over to a diner that was obviously proud of its Route 66 heritage.

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Entering the Route 66 Diner in Joliet

Drive Towards Normal

The Joliet Museum has a very cool mural depicting many Route 66 landmarks.  It was cool to look at before leaving Joliet.

I think Normal, Illinois, is such a funny name.  It was our destination this night.

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From Chicago…

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… to California

One of the first things we hit as we left the city of Joliet was the Route 66 Raceway.  This is quite the race venue – two tracks and a dragstrip, or so it appears.  The grandstands are huge.

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Route 66 Oval Track and Grandstands

As you drive Route 66 it is important to watch for the brown & white signs, as well as painted shields on the street… like this…

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Route 66 Shield Painted on the Road

There are also brown & white signs, but be warned… they get stolen a lot!  One property owner told us they remove the signs and then mail them to Europe where the go for quite a bit of money.

The moral of this story is, don’t expect a turn-by-turn throughout Route 66.  You need to rely on printed and on-line resources every step of the way.

Historical in Many Ways

Route 66 is historical in many ways.  It is not just the Mother Road, but a lot happened along this route.  Travel routes are also commerce and industrial routes.

Here’s a great example, the Elwood (another Blues Brother reference!!!) Arsenal was along Route 66.  We all know Rosie the Riveter.  While fictional, the Elwood Arsenal employed many women during the 1940s.

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Elwood Arsenal (Don’t you love Illinois’ Route 66 markers?)

While in Elwood I mailed postcards to a few of my grandchildren.  I asked them to hand cancel the stamps (that way, they aren’t postmarked Chicago, but Elwood).

Land of Lincoln

Lincoln is referenced all along Route 66.  This National Cemetery is named after the famed president, but it is not where he is buried.

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National Cemetery Named After Lincoln

Launching Pad

It was a real treat today to find the Gemini Giant.  This former Muffler Man, turned space man is icon.  However, it was sad to see the restaurant associated with it closed.

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Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad

On the other hand, I was glad to see it is for sale.  I was even more glad to see the Realtor was there showing the property.  Even more exciting, we met the potential owners (as of this writing, they are the OWNERS!)

We instantly became friends with Tully and Holly (the new owners).  The shared with us their dreams and aspirations for the place.

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Me, Holly, Paul and Tully – Holly and Tully purchased the Launching Pad

To me, listening to people talk of their dreams and aspirations is fun.  I wish Tully and Holly the absolute best as they turn the Launching Pad into their dream business.

Movies

Another thing that is iconic along Route 66 are the movie theatres.  These old theatres bring back memories for anyone who grew up before Beta Max, VHS, DVDs and the Internet.

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The Mar in Wilmington, Illinois

Obviously, this one is restored and in operation.  I’m glad they kept the old marquis and ticket booth.

Diners

I’m a foodie.  I wish I had time to visit every diner on Route 66.  (Hey, History Channel!  Want to work with me on a series of the Diners of Route 66?)  So, don’t be surprised if I show lots of food pictures, as well as old diners.

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Nelly’s on Route 66

Since we can’t eat at everyone, we only dropped in to eat when we were hungry.  In this case, we weren’t, so we just took some pictures to show we were here.

The next diner we come to has this big Elvis Presley statue out front, and then all of these movie icons along the side. Another Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Betty Boop line the side of the building.

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The Polka Dot Drive In in Wilmington on Route 66

We went in and had a shake.  While there, who do we run in to again?  Tully from the Launching Pad.

Service Stations

Today we have gas stations.  Service stations were places where they’d wash your windshield, check the oil, put air in the tires, top off the radiator and more.  They are icons of Route 66.  Some are abandoned, some restore and some are just for looks.

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Dwight, Illinois, Texaco Service Station

You can’t drive too fast along Route 66 because you will be making frequent stops.  Some of these sneak up on your, while others you can see for miles to come.

I’ve only shown you the cool Illinios signs that are horizontal.  The vertical ones stand tall so you can see them while driving.  Next to them are the horizontal ones to read about that location.  The tall ones show maps as to where you are.

I wish every Route 66 state had these.

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Cool Illinois Signs

Stopping Here

I’m stopping here and will continue Day 2 in the next post.  I don’t want these to get too long, so I’m breaking it up in to small chunks.  Come back tomorrow night!


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Day 1 – Chicago South

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.

We stopped at the first park we saw.  There we found a young lady reading a book.  She paused for a moment so we could take her picture.

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Young Lady Reading a Book in the Park

Yet, not far from the park things change.

Rough Neighborhood

We were told this is a rough neighborhood, but nobody bothered us.  Never did I feel threatened.  Perhaps things have changed since Jim Croce sang “LeRoy Brown”.

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A Bicycle Memorial

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The Bicycle Memorial Close Up

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The Bicycle Memorial Close Up

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Another View of the Sooky Looking Underpass

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A Sooky Looking Underpass

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Graffiti

The neighborhood where Route 66 passes has several churches.  In fact, it was in that neighborhood where I spotted a couple of missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They too warned us, “Careful, this isn’t the best neighborhood.  Watch your cameras.”  But then, we felt no threats.

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Baptists

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Greater Whitestone Missionary Baptist Church

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Hope House

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Two Mormon Missionaries

Suburbia

As we head south, things become more like suburbia.  You begin to see Route 66 is the home for many retro diners, abandoned places, and new places.

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A Chicago Style Hotdog In Chicago

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A Chicago Hotdog Stand

We found the above hotdog stand and I enjoyed my hotdog.  Then, a few blocks down we found this one.  This one wasn’t as busy as Henry’s, so I’m glad we ate at Henry’s.  (Busy usually means good.)

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Another Hot Dog Stand

The steak’n egger was interesting.

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Steak-n-Egger

This old Caddy caught my eye.  My parents had a Coup DeVille for a while.  It brought back memories.

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Caddy

This guy showed us the cars he’s working on.  When I saw his tattoo I had to ask for a picture.  He’s Mr. Route 66.

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Check Out his Route 66 Tat

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Inside a Route 66 Diner

This is the first Dell Rhea Chicken Basket.  I love the sign.

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Chicken Basket

These historic markers in Illinois are very nice, and informative.  I wish every state had these.  They are easy to spot from the road, and they tell the history.

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Another Very Informative Marker on Route 66

The White Fence Farm and Restaurant looks like a fun place to bring a family.  Who doesn’t like fiberglass cows… and chickens.

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White Fence Farm Cow

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White Fence Farm Chicken

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Route 66 Illinois Markers – They were the BEST

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White Fence Farm Chicken

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Car Museum in the White Fence Restaurant

We arrived at Joliet and discovered it’s a fun Route 66 town to tour.

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Joliet Jake

I didn’t realize that Joliet Jake from the Blues Brothers was from this town.  You see a lot of the Blues Brothers here as a result.

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They Comped Me a Route 66 Soda! I gave them mirrors.

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Dick’s Towing

Day 1’s End

We ended the day taking pictures of the river where Route 66 goes over it.  As a result, it was a beautiful way to end our first Day on Route 66.

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View from a Bridge of Joliet

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One of Many Bridges of Joliet

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My Route 66 Sign (which traveled ALL of Route 66)


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Day 1 – Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Now that we’re home, it is time to show you more details of our Route 66 Tour.  This will be done in order.  You will see more photos and commentary.  I hope you enjoy it. We are starting in downtown Chicago.

If you want to filter these, click on “Recap” under categories.  This will show the after-the-trip recaps beginning with this one.  Make sure you read the captions to the photos too.

The Eastern Terminus

The eastern terminus of Route 66 is in downtown Chicago.  Originally, Route 66 began on Jackson Blvd. at Michigan Ave. in 1926.  Later it was moved a block over to Adams Street.  Today, Adams is one way heading west, while Michigan is one way heading east.  As a result, there is a “Start” and an “End” in Chicago.

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The Chicago “Begin”

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The Chicago “End”

If you are in Chicago, and looking for the start, find the Art Institute.  It is across the street on the corner at Adams Street.

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Chicago Art Institute

Walking Downtown

It will cost you about $25 to park downtown, but if you really want to see Route 66, you will do a lot of walking.  As a result, I recommend you park and head down Adams Street and then cut over to Jackson Blvd. and walk back.

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Another Begin Sign Near the “L” (Elevated tracks)

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Indoor Parking Near Adams Street

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A Panoramic View Looking Down Adams Street

Some Old, Some New

You will see both old and new downtown.  Sears (now Willis) Tower is on Route 66, as well as buildings that were around in the 1920s.  Because of this mixture of old and new, you have to look for the nostalgic stuff.

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Retro Neon Signs Dot Route 66 from Here (Beginning) to There (the end)

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Old Fire Escapes (They don’t build high rise buildings wit these anymore.)

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Old (right) and New (left)

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Remnants of a Newspaper Stand

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Lots of Old Brick Buildings

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A Mixture of Old and Newer Highrise Buildings

The People

All along Route 66 we met people who were friendly and supportive of our adventure.  Street photography is all about capturing the candid expressions of everyday street life.  A form of art in itself, street photography isn’t posed.  As a result, it’s voyeuristic nature shows what really happens.

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A Congested City Street

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Painting the Iron Work

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Eating Lunch

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Texting, Hiking, Going to Work

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A Girl with Purple Hair Heading to Class

Two Soldiers Walking Down Adams Street

Art Created and Accidental

I love the visuals of big cities, as well as Route 66.  In big cities you have artwork someone created, and you have artwork that’s accidental.  Here’s both in downtown Chicago.

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Created

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Accident – Jackson Pollack, Eat Your Heart Out

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More Structured Accidental Art

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Accident but More Structured (Sorry Jackson Pollock)

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The “L” – Accidental

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Created – An Art Deco Style Fountain at the Trade Building

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Accidental – Chicago Transit Authority (My favorite band bears the same name.)

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Warner 5 Color and Bay Photo on this part of our trip.