Day 3 – Lincoln to Springfield

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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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Corvair Heaven

Corvair Heaven

I died and went to Corvair Heaven today.  My first car was a Corvair Greenbriar, and I traded it for a Corvair Monza Station Wagon.  I found both today on Route 66.

This couple, John and Teresa, gave us a personal tour of their collection of Corvairs.  I died and went to Corvair Heaven.  Monzas, Corsas, 500s, Greenbriars, and more.  95 hp, 110 hp, 140 hp, were all their.

It was the highlight of my day.

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Monza Station Wagon (just like my 2nd car)

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The Spider Engine

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Isn’t this hardtop coup gorgeous!

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Inside a Greenbriar (just like my 1st car)

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Two scheduled to be restored.

Bridges and Long Roads

We drove some long lonely stretches on Route 66.  Beautiful rolling hills. They are fun sections to drive on, but in places you don’t see much except trees and farms.

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A Long Rolling Stretch

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Another Old Truss Bridge

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A Long Stretch Across a Bridge

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One of Three Bridges in a Row Just North of Joplin.

We found several old bridges.  One was out and we had to take a good 30 minute detour to get around the washed out bridge.

Other Fun Stops and Sights

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Frozen Custard in the Making

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A Smile and Some Custard

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Sharing a Bite

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Mmmmm Good

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Andy’s Custard

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Route 66

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Our Server

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College Students from Florida Escaping Irma

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Enjoying Frozen Custard with Friends

 

Wings and Rings

We ate dinner at Hackett Wings.  Great wings and onion rings.  All of the food was great.

 

Our Lodging Tonight

A very special thank you to Enlight Inn in Joplin, Missouri.  They’ve provided us with a VERY CLEAN little cottage for the night.  This place is really cool.  Several old cottages with a wellness spa included. You can come spend the night, get a massage, a healthy smoothie or snack.

We will be posting pictures, but right now, we need to get some sleep.


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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