Thursday, March 30, 2017

News From Along Route 66, February 2017: The Gasconade Bridge

FEBRUARY 24--  Missouri is going to build a new bridge next to the Gasconade Bridge which is really good news.  We were at the Save-the-Bridge rally last April.

However, Route 66ers have to find an organization or entity to take over the running of the old bridge or the state might go back and decide to remove it.

Sure Glad That It Appears, Anyway, That the Old Bridge Will Remain.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

News From Along Route 66, February 2017: Lots Going On In Illinois

These stories are taken from the Route 66 News site which goes into much greater detail, has pictures, and also covers a lot more Route 66 items.  I just write about the ones of particular interest to me.

FEBRUARY 16--  The Tropics sign in Lincoln, Illinois, may get erected near its original site by next year.  If not there, I would say put it up by the welcome center or even the Mill.

FEBRUARY 17--  The Sprague Super service Station in Normal, Illinois, will likely reopen in May.  Looking forward to visiting it.  And again, I am really happy seeing Bloomington-Normal starting to embrace their Route 66 heritage.

FEBRUARY 24--  The Mill grand opening is set for April 29, 2017, in Lincoln, Illinois.  There will be a parade and all sorts of other things going on around it.

Lincoln is another town doing all that it can for its Route 66 heritage and is to be commended.

Lots Going On in Illinois.  --RoadIll

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PCB 2017: Returning Home, Kentucky's Pennyrile Parkway

MARCH 2, 2017  Thursday.

We were taking a way home that we haven't driven in awhile.  This way we can go without passing through (l)ouisville.  There is no excuse for what they did with that Confederate statue.  I will continue to stay out of this place.

We took I-24 the short distance into Kentucky and then got on the Pennyrile Parkway.  This is always amazing in that, unlike Illinois, when the Pennyrile Parkway was established as a toll road, it was understood that it would cease to be a toll road once it was paid for.  In 1992, it was paid for and the toll booths removed.  That would NEVER happen in Illinois!!

The Pennyrile Parkway was the original name, but now the name of Kentucky's 51st governor, Edward T. Breathitt.  I was uinable to find out how it came to be called Pennyrile, though there is a state park by that name.

The Pennyrile Parkway runs alongside and on the US-41 and near the northern end is signed as I-69.


Monday, March 27, 2017

PCB 2017: Clarksville, Tn., for the Night

As said, traffic was mighty heavy essentially the whole way to Clarksville.  Some people must commute this distance every work day.  At least it never came to a complete stop.

We got a room at the Baymont Hotel, off I-24.

We then drove around looking for a place to have a relaxing drink and perhaps engage in conversation with some locals.  We found a place called Overtime nearby and pulled in for that cocktail.  This is a sports bar and we saw East Carolina defeat Connecticut in a late season basketball game as well as part of the Blackhawks hockey game.

One guy in there was originally from Chicago and happy to see us in out Blackhawk gear.  We talked with a guy from Charlotte, North Carolina, in town on business.  he said he would be going to Panama City Beach next week on another business trip and we told him about the Driftwood Lodge where we had just spent 13 days.  He liked the idea of a smaller mom and pop place and said he'd look into it.

Good Night's Sleep After a Long Drive.  --RpadDog

Friday, March 24, 2017

PCB 2017: On to "Last Train From Clarksville," Tennessee

Traffic was heavy, but at least moving along all the 30-40 miles to Clarksville, Tennessee.

We've often joked about whether or not this Clarksville was the one the Monkees were singing about in their big hit "Last Train to Clarksville," their first hit that went all the way to #1 in the fall of 1966.

I looked the song up in Wikipedia and found it was written by the famed team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (Boyce and Hart) and, although many people think the name Clarksville comes from this Tennessee town because of its nearness to the huge Fort Campbell complex, home of the 101st Airborne, writer Bobby Hart says it isn't.

I always thought Clarksville was in California, myself.  I looked up towns with the name Clarksville and found there are quite a few.  A short list of them:  Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas, Ohio, Texas, New Hampshire, Virginia, Maryland, Indiana and Illinois.

Must be another of those "Simpsons" Springfield things.

Last Train to RoadDog.  --RoadDog

Thursday, March 23, 2017

PCB 2017: The Horror That Is Nashville Traffic

MARCH 1, 2017

We had left Panama City Beach earlier this morning, driven through Alabama and now in Tennessee, approaching the horror that is the Nashville traffic, and at rush hour.  Not a good thing.

Surprisingly, no major tie-ups as we were going opposite rush hour, although big backups on the other side of I-65 going south out of town.  We went past the area where no matter what lane you're in, you're in the wrong lane, and still no big backups.

That all changed when we got to the I-24 exit off I-65, heading northwest.  We then had a major slowdown, but at least no complete stops.

Just Love That Nashville Traffic.  --RoadPanic

OK, Got Pretty Green This Past Weekend-- Part 2


After listening to Rock and Roll Roots, featuring Neil Young's Harvest album which was released today, in 1972.  We went to Sunnyside in Johns O'Burg for the ticket draw and found that they still had food from Friday left over.

We were still planning to go over to the Polish Legion (PLAV) in McHenry for their $10 all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage, but a couple bought in corned beef and cabbage soup as well as mini reubens so ended up staying there.  I's never hear of corned beef and cabbage soup and it is REALLY tasty.  Watched two games of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Then we went over to Kevin and Kelly's Lakeside Pub on Fox Lake and had some of Kelly's home made Irish Red beer and Irish Stout while watching the NCAA Tournament.

A Good Ol' Green B-Ball Time.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fox Lake/Grant Township Hist. Society-- Part 3: Dog 'N Suds, Lovin' What We Do

Your carhops here do not start off as carhops.  Before going outside, they have to learn how to operate everything inside and have to know the menu inside and out.  Just as important, they have to be people friendly.

They evidently just opened for the new season within the last couple days (it is right down the street from the historical society's museum).  But, I've already had my Coney Dog as they were at the Fox Lake Business Expo a few Saturdays back.

Every Saturday, they have a classic car show and about every two weeks they have entertainment, which really brings out a big crowd.

Roy Miller finished by saying, "We really love what we do."

And, of course, there is that great root beer, Charcoburgers and Coney dogs.

That Is Very Obvious.  --RoadHotDog

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fox Lake/Grant Township Hist. Society:-- Part 2: Dog 'N Suds

Of course, coming in as late as I did, I missed quite a bit of it.

The third generation of Roy Miller's  family, his son, is now running the place.  There is also a fourth generation in training.  It is so great when a family can pass a business down like this.

And, they are always looking to improve upon what they have and sell.

Several years back, they replaced the ordering system for the cars.  When the original system was put in, all wires were run through garden hose.  When they dug for the new system, they found that all the garden hoses were as pliable and in good shape as they were back when installed in 1966.

The Dog 'N Suds is about as 1950s-1960s retro as you can get.  You pull into a parking space and order on a system and a carhop brings it to you.  Very "Happy Daysish."  To me, a great Retro night is to go to Dog 'N Suds for dinner, order an extra large cup of root beer and drive over to the McHenry Outdoor Theater, about ten miles away.

Give Me a Coney Dog.  --RoadDog

Monday, March 20, 2017

OK, Got Pretty Green This Past Weekend-- Part 1

It is not all the time that you get two full weekends to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but we did this year, so liz and I took advantage of it.


This being the ACTUAL day, we got our green finery on and went over to Sunnyside Tap in Johns O'burg which had a day-long free buffet sitting out as well as specials on Irish drinks.  I had several of the Guinness Blondes, a light colored beer which is quite good.  In addition, Dana from the band Six Strings Down came in and put on an Irish show.

We had been planning on going over to the Fox Lake American Legion which was serving $8.50 plates of corned beef and cabbage, but we deemed better not to go.


I went to the presentation on Miller's Dog 'N Suds in Ingleside at the Fox Lake/Grant Township Historical Society (see this week's posts).

We met Kevin and Kelly and another friend at Stucky's in Johns O'Burg for pitchers and corned beef and cabbage.  I intended to order one of these plates until I learned they had a reuben calzone.  Never had one so that's what I got.  As good as I figured it to be.

Then we thoroughly enjoyed the music of Whitey O'Day, a noted local musician who is famous for his Irish shows.  He often plays at the Irish Mill in the area, your ultimate, but way too crowded place for celebrating that Irish thing.  .We had a REAL GOOD TIME with lots o' singin' and pitchers..

Drink Tongue and All.  --RoadO'Dog

Fox Lake/Grant Township Historical Association Meeting: Ingleside's Don 'N Suds

The meeting was at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.  Almost didn't make it to this.  I woke up at 4:30 a.m. This morning and couldn't get back to sleep, but did get back to sleep at 7:30, but woke up at 10 (the meeting began at 9:30).  Dressed rapidly and drove to Ingleside (they raised gas in Fox Lake from $2.18 o $2.38 yesterday).  I then got stuck my a malfunctioning railroad crossing gate and had to back track.

But I finally got there.

Roy Miller, who owns the Ingleside Dog 'N Suds was giving a presentation on his place.  His parents bought it and opened in 1967, so this is the 50th anniversary  of family ownership.  At one time there were several hundred Dog 'N Suds, but now just seven.  And, we have three of them right here in the LakeCounty/McHenry County area:  Ingleside, Grayslake and Richmond.

Good Old Charburgers!!  --RoadDog

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gettin' Our Irish On-- Part 2: Some Irish Music

For many years I deejayed the St. Patrick's parade party at George's Cedar Inn in Lake Villa, Illinois.  I played lots of Irish music and made a lot of cassette tapes to cover it.  Generally, it was straight Irish music during the parade and the first hour or so after it.  Then, I would play oldies and Irish music.

This morning, I am playing one of those tapes.

This is Side One of my St. Paddy's Party #2 cassette tape:

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling/My Wild Irish Rose--  DeKalb Footstompers
Footstompers Irish Medley (including the Notre Dame, Chicago Bears and NIU fight songs)

The Orange and the Green

Danny Boy--   Dennis Day
McNamara's Band--  Dennis Day
Clancy Lowered the Boom--  Dennis Day

Sweet Betsy from Pike
Scarce O-Tatties
Take Her Up to Monto

Wild Rover/Whiskey in a Jar
Big Strong Man
MacAlpines Fuzilliers

Mick McGuire
March Medley
Gentleman Soldier

Loch Lomond

Some Good Irish Music Here, Even If I Do Say So.  --RoadDog

Getting Our Irish On-- Part 1

I'm sitting here right now on a gloomy, overcast, day after St. Patrick's Day.

For what we did for St. Patrick's Day last weekend, go to my Down Da Road I Go Blog.  We had a fish fry, two parades, a band and lots o' bars.

Yesterday, we went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg where we had an Irish buffet set out all day and later Six Strings Down came in to perform.  Lots o' green beer, Guinness and folks dressed in green, including Mark O'Green, the biggest leprechaun ye ever did see.

Today, we're thinking of going to the huge outside (heated) tent over at Woodstock Square where five bars are having a joint St. Patrick's Day celebration.  Then, it will be back to Johnsburg where Stucky's is having noted Irish singer Whitey O'Day.

Sure Is Nice to Have St. Patrick's Day Yesterday, On a Friday, As That Gives Us Two Weekends to Celebrate It.  --RoadDog

Got My Civil War On in the Last Ten Days

I always enjoy meeting up with like-minded folks and talking Civil War.  This is the main reason I got into history.  On March 9th, I drove over to Grayslake, Illinois, for the meeting of the Lake County Civil War Round Table and heard a talk on Confederate flags.  Fortunately, certain people did not hear about it or no doubt they would have been there protesting this glorification of slavery as they like to say.

Then, this past Tuesday, March 14, I drove into McHenry, Illinois, for the meeting of the McHenry County Civil War Round Table and a talk on McHenry County in the Civil War.

Getting My Civil War On. --RoadDog

Friday, March 17, 2017

N.C. January 2017-- Part 7: WBRF and 77 Degrees

JANUARY 13, 2017

I got gas at Wytheville, Virginia, always the cheapest along the way (West Virginia, on the other hand, is usually about as expensive as Illinois, so I fill up in Ohio to make it through West Virginia's high prices).  It was $2.10 a gallon.

The rain that fell while on the West Virginia Turnpike was now over and a dry run through Virginia and no problem on that eight mile decline going into North Carolina.

I, of course, was now tuned into WBRF Classic Country broadcasting out of Galax, Virginia.  They play a whole lot of songs that I have never heard of before.  I listen to it the last ten miles in West Virginia, all the way through Virginia and to Greensboro, North Carolina.

Driving through North Carolina, the temperature gauge on the odometer kept rising until it registered 77 degrees.  I will definitely take 77 degrees in January.