Hello to an old friend, Goodbye to an old road…

After the speed and excitement of the Indy 500, we were happy to slow the pace down a little bit for a couple of days.  On Monday we left Indiana and crossed back into Illinois for the second time and stopped in a sweet town called Charleston to visit a great friend.  Thadd and I have been friends for over 12 years, but strangely have never actually met!!  So we were lucky enough to stay with Thadd, his girlfriend Misty, his brother Andrew, their two dogs Pippin and Erin and their cat Pepe – plus us three and it was a full house!!

Illinois is all about ol' "Honest Abe", so we had to visit the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum in Charleston.

Illinois is all about ol' "Honest Abe", so we had to visit the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum in Charleston.

Nathan and Erin, the cutest dog in the world, officially.

Nathan and Erin, the cutest dog in the world, officially.

Epic breakfast (chocolate chip pancakes - yum!) at What's Cookin' with Andrew, Thadd and Misty.

Epic breakfast (chocolate chip pancakes - yum!) at What's Cookin' with Andrew, Thadd and Misty.

Then on Tuesday it was back to Route 66 for the last time.  We drove from Charleston to Springfield then followed the Mother Road North to Chicago.

I met Bill Shea of Shea's service station - Bill has been managing this Springfield service station (now museum) on Route 66 since 1955!

I met Bill Shea of Shea's service station - Bill has been managing this Springfield service station (now museum) on Route 66 since 1955!

Route 66 in a town called "Normal"

Route 66 in a town called "Normal"

At the Illinois Route 66 museum in Pontiac we saw Bob Waldmire's van - the inspiration for "Fillmore" in the Cars movie.

At the Illinois Route 66 museum in Pontiac we saw Bob Waldmire's van - the inspiration for "Fillmore" in the Cars movie.

The Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad Drive-thru in Wilmington.  We stopped here for dinner and the burgers were awesome.  :)

The Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad Drive-thru in Wilmington. We stopped here for dinner and the burgers were awesome. 🙂

It is so hard to believe that the Route 66 portion of our trip is over.  It has been totally incredible, I can’t recommend it highly enough!!  I am officially in love with Route 66, the Main Street of America.  But fortunately for us (and for you, if you’re actually enjoying this blog), this isn’t the end of the road trip.  First we’ll check out Chicago, then it’s on to “Motor City” Detroit, then Niagara Falls and then finishing with New York, New York!  (Which, I imagine, is nothing at all like “old” York!)

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6 Responses to Hello to an old friend, Goodbye to an old road…

  1. Lyn says:

    I am so pleased I have been able to travel Route 66 with you……loved seeing the ‘old’ towns. Thanks…….

  2. Nicky says:

    this is all so very cool and im definitely going to do it one day 🙂 looking forward to the next leg of the trip.

  3. Andrew says:

    “we had to visit the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum in Charleston.”

    I hope they covered the fact that the Ottawa debate was attended by a couple of thousand people, who sat in a non-air conditioned theater on a hot August day for five hours and sat in rapt attention, while several thousand more who were unable to get in waited outside for news and information. Voter apathy at that time was as nonexistent as, well, air-conditioning.

    “Route 66 in a town called ‘Normal'”

    The setting for a film called “Leaving Normal.” It didn’t do too well. Couldn’t have been because of the setting, I’m sure.

    Give me a call or email if you’re stuck for things to do in Chicago, though hopefully the list I gave you will see you through. And enjoy Detroit– make sure you write nice things about it, otherwise I’ll have to have my family and friends tar and feather you and parade you down Woodward…;-)

  4. Andrew Ping says:

    Yay, my dog-devoured sofa is now famous! and Pippin is offended by the “worlds cutest dog” comment! j/k

  5. Luke Hastie says:

    Sounds like your having a superb time.

    Very jealous of the Indy 500, but i would actually want a go, mind you my track record suggests i might be a danger!

    I hope you enjoy Niagara Falls, somewhere i would love to visit.

    Keep bloggin.

  6. Chris says:

    I used to live in Normal. When I was a kid, we watched as the road crews tore up old 66 and laid down the new 55.

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