What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.
It's goodbye to 2016, and tomorrow we say hello to...2017.01.01, Sunday
Two weeks from today Paul and I jump in the myster...2017.08.21, Monday
I’ve Been Everywhere
One of Johnny Cash's best songs was I've Been Ever...2016.12.10, Saturday
Lincoln Tomb Our day began with a trip to the Linc...2017.09.08, Friday
MOST RECENT2017.12.11, Monday
Day 9 - Fire Station and Railroad
Day 9 – Fire Station and Railroad
While we were eating lunch, the fire chief invited us to stop and visit the fire station in Galena. Why not? It’s not often you’re invited by a town dignitary to come visit.
The fire station is next to the restored old train station. It’s a double-whammy of a Route 66 stop.
A young man came out of the fire station curious as to what we were doing. We told him his chief invited us to stop by (and about then, the chief pulled up in truck). Paul asked the young man to pose for a shot.
We’ve learned Galena was a big hub during the mining days. Extracting galena for its lead and zinc made this a boomtown in the late 1800s.
Intersection of 66 and 69
Soon we came to the intersection of 66 and 69. Enough said. Keep your jokes to yourself.
Baxter Springs has this cool Walgreens. Now, this is how old businesses should be treated and revived. I applaud Walgreens for keeping the old signage and adding value to Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
Downtown Baxter is a clean town with a turn of the century look.
And, here’s a modern oil change outfit that’s keeping the retro look deserving of Route 66. Kudos to Quick Lube.
We ran in to a couple pulling this cool retro looking trailer. It turns out they are from the San Francisco Bay Area, so we told them Bay Photo was one of our sponsors and the guy knew exactly who were were talking about. We left them with a sample of Bay Photo Products.
And, another Tow Mater.
WILL THE REAL TOW MATER PLEASE PULL FORWARD.
Cool Antique Shop
We found this cool antique shop called the Hitch N’ Post.
Here’s what makes it so cool…
Yes, if you have a 1959 or 1960 El Camino, you can get a replacement door here. They had much more, but this is just a sample.
Inside the shop there are replica Route 66 signs, as well as old license plates.
Route 66 Cookies
There’s a unique old drive-in that sells Route 66 Cookies. Yes, they are cookies in the shape of a Route 66 shield.
The owners made a big point to point across the street at the Conoco Station to tell us it is fake. It’s never been a gas station, and is only decorated that way. Again, it was a huge deal for them to point this out.
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.
Traveling to Saint Louis continued, we leave the cobblestone highway and we come upon this...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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."
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).
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.