Today we left a wet Chicago and began our journey south along Route 66, our destination today was the town of Lincoln, Illinois. It became a very wet and cold morning by the time we got to Braidwood. We sought shelter for a while under an overpass the rain got that heavy.
It was a journey of approximately 269 km (167 miles). This section of Route 66 has a lot of touristy things to stop and see. We ticked off the following items today:
- The Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington
- 2 Cell Jail, Gardner
- Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station, Dwight
- Odell Gas Station, Odell
- Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac
- Pontiac Oakland Museum, Pontiac
- Sprague’s Super Service, Normal
- Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, Funks Grove
- Bunyon Giant, Alanta
Whilst the roads are fairly well marked to highlight Route 66 you do need to keep alert for turns onto old alignments. The route changed over the years so sometimes you get more than one option when it comes to travelling through towns. Roadworks and detours make it a bit more interesting as you need to try and find your way back onto Route 66 once you get forced off.
All set for a run down the post 1930 alignment tomorrow from Springfield, Illinois to nearly the Missori border.