Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Illinois Route 66's Red Carpet Corridor Festival-- Part 2: To Wilmington

MAY 6, 2017

We left downtown Joliet, past the Rialto Theatre and then encountered one of the biggest-ever potholes that I ever had seen, unfortunately at a jarring speed.  I figured we'd get a flat for sure, but didn't.

It had been a lot of years since we had driven down this stretch of Route 66 from Joliet to Dwight, Illinois.  It is four lane for much of the stretch, we always reminds me of what it must have been like driving the old four lane 66, before the interstates came.

We passed Mr. B's on 66 near Preston, but it appears the place is closed.  We had eaten there once before.  Also went past the two racetracks.

We went past the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and the Midewin Nature Preserve (both formerly of the huge Joliet Arsenal.  Midewin was sponsoring trips out to see its bison herd, but we didn't stop.

Always great to see the Gemini Giant standing tall and proud at the old Launching Pad Restaurant in Wilmington.  Sadly, the restaurant has been closed for a long time.  We did see some picture-taking by the muffler man/space man.

That old truck on the hill is rusting away still.  Always something that reminds us of Route 66.

Going Back Into history.  --RoadDog




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