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On the Mother Road :: Part 2

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Morning sun in Lincoln, IL.

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World’s Largest Wagon and Big Lincoln.

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Old 66.

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Our Lady of the Highways Shrine – Raymond, IL.

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Jesus. Just Jesus.

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Mega blue sky!

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Cemetery in Mt. Olive, IL.

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Mother Jones’ grave site in Mt. Olive, IL.

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Old Shell station.

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President Lincoln’s tomb.

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Rub the nose of Lincoln for good luck! I rubbed it and wished good luck for my niece, Tessa, who was born that day! Yay Tessa!

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Inside Lincoln’s tomb.

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President Lincoln.

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Mama bird near the tomb.

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Fantastic buildings!

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More old road on 66.

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There are some turkey tracks in the cement on a segment of 66.

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There are the tracks!

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An old jail. The ivy makes it almost seem cozy.

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A homemade 66 monument.

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Humpin’ to Please!

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Henry’s Rabbit Ranch.

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Hop on!

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The Bel-Air Drive In.

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Chain of Rocks Bridge spanning the Mississippi River!

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The Great Mississippi River!

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Awesome buildings on the Mississippi.

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On the Chain of Rocks Bridge in Illinois.

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And on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in Missouri!

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This sign was kind of sad! A missing tortoise. I’m not sure how you lose your tortoise. I hope they find the guy. Or I hope he lives a happy life in the wild.

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Meramec Caverns.

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A beautifully restored Phillips station.

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The World’s Largest Rocking Chair!

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Just another gorgeous sign on the Mother Road!

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On the Mother Road :: Part 1

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And she begins!

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Dick’s on 66.

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The Rialto Theater in Joliet, IL.

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The Gemini Giant!

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We got caught in some heavy rain early in the day.

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The Riviera Restaurant. I really don’t like Betty Boop. She’s like nails on a chalkboard to me!

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An old jail in the shadow of Betty Boop. Doooom!

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Gardner, IL.

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Dwight Windmill – Dwight, IL.

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One of MANY old gas stations we saw along the way.

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Old Mobil Station.

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Standard Oil Company Station.

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Meramec Caverns! I love the ads on old barns. P.S. We went to the caverns! But that’s for another post.

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Pontiac, IL.

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Pontiac, IL.

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More murals in Pontiac.

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The school bus of Route 66 legend Bob Waldmire! We were able to tour it too!

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Bob Waldmire was vegan too!

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Friends don’t let friends eat meat.

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Inside the bus.

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Bob Waldmire sadly died in 2009, but his bus is just the way he left it.

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Inside the Route 66 museum in Pontiac.

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Route 66 road core samples.

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Bob Waldmire’s VW Bus. The Bus is on display in the museum. They were lucky enough to be able to add this to their collection!

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License plate collection in the museum.

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Bruce Springsteen…apparently working on a dream.

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Royal Blue Shoes.

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This place was closed. I have a feeling it’s not opening anytime soon.

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Muffler Man with (vegan) hot dog.

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Handmade signs litter Route 66.

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Lincoln and a Muffler Man.

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Lincoln, IL.

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We made it to camp early this night and went to see World War Z! It was my first 3-D movie as well.

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Home for the night.

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Lincoln, IL. – Taken from the Roadside America website… “It commemorates the day in 1853 when the future 16th President, who was then just an Illinois lawyer, christened his namesake community by slicing open a melon and pouring its juice onto the ground. In agreeing to lend his name to this place, Abe reportedly said, “I never knew anything named Lincoln that amounted to much.” “

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To Chicago! And the beginning of Route 66.

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War Correspondents Memorial.

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You are here. At the Battle of South Mountain.

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The Burnside Bridge. It’s a famous Civil War era bridge on the Antietam Battle Ground.

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Walking towards Fort Ligonier.

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Inside the fort.

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The buildings were rather well maintained.

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The raw wood beams are lovely!

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I kind of want old glass windows in our house.

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We took a short walk to see the place where General Braddock was buried.

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And this is where he’s buried now…just a short distance up the hill from the other plaque.

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One of a few Madonna’s of the Trail we saw on the trip.

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Welcome to West Virginia!

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In Moundsville, WV we stayed with friends for two nights. Moundsville is famous for the Grave Creek Mound.

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And there’s the mound. It’s an Native American burial mound. The mound used to be higher, but humans are rude and sometimes don’t have respect for the dead.

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The former West Virginia State Penitentiary. We actually toured the penitentiary but I’ll save that for a different post!

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Be progressive!

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National Road West.

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There’s our travel buddy!

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Don’t you want to play some corn-hole games?

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I never really find the drive from Pennsylvania to Chicago all that interesting, but sometimes you come across things like this! And that makes the drive bearable.

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Hey Indiana!

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The Illinois and Indiana state border.

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Welcome to Chicago.

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I love Millennium Park in Chicago! You’ll see more of that soon.

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A fancy lion in front of the Art Institute.

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More Millennium Park! Water pours out from these fountains. The faces on the fountains also change every few minutes. AND the faces on the fountains are of Chicago residents.

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The Bean!! It’s my favorite thing in Chicago! I did my art history research paper on the Bean during my senior year in college.

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Seagulls on the Bean.

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Can you see us in the reflection?

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There we are!

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The last time we were here was in 2008 and we saw someone buffing and shining the Bean.

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

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Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Chicago has really nice parks and architecture.

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Vomiting seahorses!

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The beginning of historic Route 66! And the fun begins.

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