First full day on the road…
We got started bright and early on our ride from Chicago to LA, making sure we stay true to Route 66 as much as possible.
CHECK OUT THE SHIRT!
First photo opportunity was the Dell Rhea Chicken Basket restaurant in Willowbrook, (just south of Chicago. This place has been in business since the 1920’s due to their “secret recipe” for their fried chicken. The owner made a deal with two local ladies, they offered their recipe, in exchange for him buying their chickens, seems to have worked well for both parties!
We then ran into the Giant Gemini Man, (a salute to the 60’s space race), we took pictures with Elvis and Superman at a local car hop stop. We also saw a giant Paul Bunyan holding a big hot dog (Kim was impressed). Next stop was a nostalgic Texaco station that was manned by two Viet Nam vets who volunteer to greet people. It’s here where we met a couple from Cologne Germany, this was their second road trip in the US, this time they were taking 22 days to see our great country! According to the pins on their map, looks like more Europeans drive Route 66 than folks from the US!
A GREAT DAY!
We then drove down to just outside of St. Louis to “walk across the Mississippi”. The Chain of Rock bridge was how you crossed the river on Route 66, no biggie until you see the bridge. It has a 30-degree bend on the bridge, it was built that way to accommodate the river traffic. It’s closed to car traffic, so we walked across! We then backtracked up the highway to spend the evening in Springfield.