Today’s destination was city of Springfield, Illinois. Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois. We had a journey of approximately 290 km (180 miles), the actual distance from Lincoln to Springfield is around 48 km (30 miles). The extra distance in today’s journey was due to us riding both the pre-1930 and post-1930 alignments.
Being a Sunday some of the things we’d planned to see when we did our initial planning were not going to happen. This included a trip out to Arthur, Illinois to visit the Amish country and a visit to Cozy Dog Drive In birthplace of the Pluto Pup / Dagwood Dog.We should be able to pick up the Cozy Dog Drive In tomorrow.
Today’s touristy things included seeing the following:
- World’s Largest Covered Wagon, Lincoln
- Sugar Creek Covered bridge, Glenarm
- Old Brick Road, Alburn
- Soulsby Service Station, Mount Olive
- President Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield
- President Lincoln’s House, Springfield
The original brick road was completed in 1931 and covers about 2.25 km (1.4 mile). It curves through the corn fields near Auburn and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Soulsby Service Station in Mount Olive’s claim to fame is it’s the oldest gasoline station in the world. Henry Soulsby built the station in 1926 and operated it along with family. The station stopped pumping gasoline in 1991, if your’re travelling past stop in and have a look at an amazing piece of Route 66 history.
Once we got back to Springfield we visited The Lincoln Home Visitor Centre, the house was purchased by Lincoln and his wife in 1844 and it was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. We also went to see Lincoln’s tomb. Lincoln along with his with and 3 sons are buried there.
We rode past Shea’s Gas Station in Springfield, as it was mentioned in the guide books as a place to visit, There was nothing worth stopping to look at.
Did someone say pizza? Tonight for dinner we wandered a couple hundred metres up the road from the motel to Mario’s Pizza. It does the best ever pizzas, we foolishly designed a custom 16″ pizza not really realising how big it would be. It was freaking huge, needless to say we’ll be eating leftover pizza for breakfast.