Tuesday, August 23, 2016

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 28: Women Making the Indy 500 Field


Janet Guthrie (1977-1979)
Lyn St. James (1992-97, 2000)
Sarah Fisher (2000-04, 2007-10)
Danica Patrick ((2005-11)
Milka Duno (2007-09)
Ana Beatriz (2010-13)
Simona de Silvestro (2010-13, 2015)
Pippa Mann (2011, 2013-16)
Katherine Legge  (2012-13)


Monday, August 22, 2016

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 9: Dr. Bill Friday's Peanut Brittle

The late Bill Friday was president of the University of North Carolina for 30 years and host of North Carolina People on UNC-TV.  He was also famous for his peanut brittle.

He admits that he borrowed it from his wife's family and is chock full of peanuts with only enough sweet candy to hold them in place..  Starting around Thanksgiving every year he would make up around 75 pounds of brittle for holiday gifting.

I Agree.  More Peanuts Is Better.  --RoadDog

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 8: Moravian Sugar Cake

The worst part of these articles are the scrumptious pictures accompanying them.

This traditional Moravian recipe has a strong connection with Easter when Salem bakers timed them to emerge fresh and warm from ovens directly after the Easter Sunrise service.

The rich dough is made with mashed potatoes and the dimpled surface of the cake holds puddles of butter and brown sugar.


Friday, August 19, 2016

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 7: Strawberry Sonker With Dip

Sonker is the signature dish of Surry Conty.  This large, juicy cobbler can be made with almost any fruit, and even sweei potatoes.  During the sunny days of spring, it is hard to beat warm strawberry sonker topped with a generous pour of the sweet, milky sauce known as dip.

There is even an annual Sonker festival at the Edwards-Franklin House near Mt. Airy sponsored by the Surry Count Historical Society the first Saturday in October.  To guide folks through the rest of the year, someone mapped out a Surry County Sonker Trail.

Looks real good, but I don't know if I would have room for sonker after eating one of those great porkchop sandwiches at Snappy Lunch.

Too Full, But I'll Make Room.  Somehow.  --RoadDog

News From Along Route 66, July 2016: Funks Grove Featured

JULY 13--  Chicago plans Route 66 birthday party for Saturday on Jackson Boulevard in Chicago.  This is put on by the Illinois Department of Tourism.  Hopefully they will; do it by the "Start of Route 66 sign."  A Route 66 mural is planned for the site.

JULY 20--  Funks Grove Maple Sirip is featured on the Illinois-Made series on TV.  This is put out by the Illinois Office of Tourism.

JULY 22--  Frog Rock, always a favorite "see" for me, was officially added to the federal geology site.  It is located east of Waynesville, Missouri.

JULY 26--  Former Cafe on the Route is up for sale in Baxter Springs, Kansas.  We ate there a long time ago and the food was some of the best I ever tasted.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Goodbye Summit Inn

As I mentioned in my August 11th post in this blog, the Summit Inn at Cajon Pass, California, was sold on June 27, and I was hoping the new owners would keep it going as it was.  Now, they won't get that chance.  It was destroyed by that wildfire blazing away near Los Angeles.

We ate there on our 2006 Route 66 cross-country trip.  I'm sure glad we did.

However, today in the Route 66 e-mail group, I see someone saying the new owner plans to rebuild.

Good News.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 3: Three Events in One Day


Busy day.

First, I went to the Rally By the Lake at the Fox Lake Lakefront Park on Nippersink Lake.  There were probably 75 classic and sports car there. A whole lot of them were GM cars from the 60s and 70s, so I especially enjoyed them

Then, I dropped Liz off at the St, John's Parish fest in Johnsburg and drove into McHenry and bought a Kinks and Mothers of Invention CD at the Vinyl Frontier record store.  I went back to Parish Fest and enjoyed the band New Odyssey.  It has three guys (the guitar player is an old friend of Liz's) and they, during the course of their show, play 30 instruments.  They had just come in from a show last night in Wisconsin and appeared at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Monday.  Busy guys.

I then went over to McHenry where they had a Keeping the Spirit of '45 Alive ceremony to honor our World War II veterans.  It is reported that McHenry has one of the biggest of these observations in the whole country and there were at least 500 people there as well as our sadly dwindling number of veterans from that war.  There was the surround taps, a dove release and a big band playing.

Last stop was at Sunnyside tavern in Johnsburg.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 2: Cabana's and Steak


Definitely had a threat of rain all morning, but not one drop fell.  We really need the rain and when it threatens like this, there is no way I'm taking the boat out.  I like to float on the water, not have it on me.

We met some of the Usual Suspects (Glen, Barb, Kevin and Kelly) at Cabana's on the Chain on Pistakee Lake at 2:30 p.m., and enjoyed the dueling pianos.  A local favorite named Michael Lescher was one of the pianists.  Nothing like sitting outside on a beautiful (though hot) afternoon and being entertained while sipping ice cold Miller draft beer (for $7 a pitcher).  Real big crowd.

The threatening rain finally left us.

Stopped at Sunnyside in Johnsburg and had a drink.

Then went to the Spring Grove Fireman's Steak Fry at Horse Fair Park.  It cost $20 for a ribeye steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, roll, cole slaw and cherry pie.  And, for a good cause.  Entertainment was provided by jukebox deejays.  I really dislike the new group of deejays who just play music off their laptop computers and say nothing except make a rare announcement.  Definitely not my idea of deejaying.

Went back to Sunnyside and then came home.


500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 27: Rookies and Women


1911--  Ray Harroun
1913--  Jules Goux
1914--  Renee Thomas
1926--  Frank Lockhart
1927--  George Souders
1966--  Graham Hill
2000--  Juan PabloMontoya
2001--  Helio Castroneves

(Of course, we now know that rookie Alexander Rossi won the 100th Running this past May.)

138.  JANET GUTHRIE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO QUALIFY FOR THE 500.  She qualified for the '77 race with a speed of 188.403.

139.  SHE WAS ALSO THE FIRST WOMAN TO QUALIFY FOR THE DAYTONA 500.  Later, Danica Patrick also accomplished this, and to date the only two women to qualify for both.

140.  GUTHRIE FINISHED 9TH IN 1978.  That was the highest finish for a woman at the 500 until 2005.

Speed, Give Me Speed.  --RoadFlash

Monday, August 15, 2016

Why Go Anywhere Else?: This Last Weekend Around Here-- Part 1

That would be the Chain of Lakes area here in northeastern Illinois.


We went to Grasslake Landing on Grasslake for our Chain Crawl passport stamp.  Sadly, this place is closing on Sunday.  We had their Thursday special of half-price pizza and pitchers.  Met up with Kevin and Kelly there.

Afterwards, Liz and I went to Antioch, Illinois, for their final It's Thursday concert with a high-energy country band called the Hillbilly Rock Starz.


Did some shopping in McHenry, then went to Sunnyside in Johnsburg and then to the Fox Lake American Legion on Nippersink Lake.


Best of Chicago Sports Theater: Ten Things You Really Have to See When Visiting Chicago-- Part 2

If you're coming to Chicago to run Route 66, these are some things you need to try to see as far as sports are concerned.

6.  Jake Arieta starting for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

7.  The Chicago Bulls introducing their starters.  (That goes back to the Michael Jordan era.

8.  Notre Dame's Fighting Irish running out of the tunnel to enter the field.

9. Dwayne Wade playing for the Chicago Bulls.  (Anybody but that gone-Wilted Rose.)

10.  Opening kickoff at a Bears game.  And , hey, no pro football team has a better fight song than "Bear Down, Chicago Bears."


Friday, August 12, 2016

Looking Back: WPA and Roads in 1940

From the September 27, 2015, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Ill.) "Looking Back."

September 1840.

**  WPA (Works Progress Administration) workers have been helping to improve the courthouse grounds in Sycamore."

**  "The road north of Esmond is having a coat of gravel applied..  It connects the blacktop road with Route 64."


Looking Back: Road Work and Railroad Crossings in 1915

From the September 27, 2015, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back"

From September 1915

**  "Some twenty men and ten teams are moving earth rapidly, making that improvement which has been so greatly needed of widening the long, high pike a half mile east of Sycamore."

Building roads with horses and mules.

**  "The Great Western Railroad Company has erected new gongs in Sycamore to disturb the inhabitants and warn the public to 'Stop, Look and Listen."

Even Back Then.  --RoadDog

News From Along Route 66, July 2016: Anyone Have Pictures of John's Modern Cabins?

**  Someone in the Route 66 Digest e-mail group wants to know if someone has pictures of what John's Modern Cabins looked like when it was a business.  I sure would like to see them.  I'm well aware of what it looks like since I've been seeing it all these years.

JULY 8--  The Carlyle Motel in Oklahoma City is to become a car lot.  Located at 3900 NW 39th Street.  Built 1941.  In 2013, the new owners replaced the classic sign.

JULY 9--  The Pony Bridge was added to the Endangered Places list in Oklahoma.  It is near Bridgeport.  In 2016 it was listed on Oklahoma's Most Endangered Historic Places.

It is 3,900 feet long and consists of 38 "pony" trusses.  It appeared in the 1939 "Grapes of Wrath" movie.

That is some bridge.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

News From Along Route 66, June 2016: Another Lowell Davis Sculpture in Carthage

JUNE 22--  Unpopular marque returning to Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, but in the back of the building.  I am hoping the financial problems it is having gets cleared up.

JUNE 25--  Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum begins today.  It is called "Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis" and will run through July 16, 2017.  The museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd. in St. Louis.

JUNE 26--  Lowell Davis creates a new sculpture on Route 66 in Carthage, Missouri at 125 N. River street.  he is a noted folk artist and has several other sculptures already on Route 66.

He is described as "The Norman Rockwell of Rural Art" and opened the Red Oak complex nearby.

JUNE 27--  Summit Inn, Cajon Pass, California, is changing ownership.  An interesting place.  We ate there in 2006.  I'm hoping they keep it the same.

Love His Art.  --RoadDog