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07/20/2013

On The Road to Rt. 66 - Chicago to Kirkwood, MO

 

Our first day driving Rt. 66 was filled with surprises around every turn.  We started, literally at point zero - downtown Chicago at Michigan & Adams.  We drove down Ogden Avenue, snapping pics along the way. We spent quite a bit of time on Joliet Road, eventually making our way to Joliet - lots of Blues Brothers sightings there!

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In Wilmington we found the first of many larger-than-life fiberglass statues - the Gemini Giant at the (now closed) Launching Pad Drive-In.

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Do not pass go, do not collect $200 - go directly to jail! In Gardner, the 2-cell jail built in 1906 is a popular photo op.  I couldn’t resist!

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More photo ops presented in Odell at a restored Standard Sinclair station, built in 1932. It is now an information center and souvenir shop. Check out Christine, showing off the old cash register!

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My biggest surprise came as we drove into Pontiac.  Mayor Bob Russell and many others in town were waiting for us at the Rt. 66 Museum - they even put up welcome signs!   The power of social media!

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Two hours later (I could have spent 2 days!), we hit the road again.  I had to stop at Funks Grove to try the much talked about maple sirup!  So glad I did!

  

Time was passing much too quickly to take in all the sites on my list.  We continued on to St. Louis, driving over the Mighty Mississippi to Kirkwood, ready for a well-deserved night’s rest.  Day 1 under our belts - tomorrow, we drive through Missouri into Oklahoma, destination Tulsa!

 

 

 

 

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