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 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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Things Normal

Things Normal

All things normal in Normal, Illinois, today. Our motel isn’t the greatest.  In fact, it has to be the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed at.  It’s not right on Route 66, so I’m not going to say any more about it.

Normal is a college town.  At first, we wondered why all these kids weren’t in school.  When we saw we were next to University of Illinois, it hit us.  They are college students.  (They look younger every year.)

We’re walking down the street and a couple asks what we’re doing.  We told them about our Route 66 trip.  They told us about cool things to see between Normal and Springfield.

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Normal Couple

Paul saw this coed working on her laptop.  After taking pictures outside, we went inside and asked her permission to take the picture.  She was happy to oblige.

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College Co-ed at Coffee Shop Working on Homework

Atlanta

There is an Atlanta, Illinois.  Everyone told us the diner to eat at is the Atlanta Palms Diner.  They tell us the pie is the best.  We went there, and we agree.

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The Holy Smokes Burger

Lincoln

The next big city was Lincoln, Illinois.  This city is named after Lincoln, but Lincoln was not from there.  He was from Springfield (our next stop).

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Display in Lincoln Courthouse

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Lincoln Theatre in Lincoln, Illinois off Route 66

Springfield

Our final destination is Springfield — The Capital of Illinois.  It is the home of Abe Lincoln.  He’s buried here too.  He and Mary Todd were married here.

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Springfield, Illinois, Capital Building