Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Along 66, September 2019: Now, That's Some Kind of Eatin', Two 72-ouncers in Less Than An Hour and That Wasn't Even the Record

SEPTEMBER 11--   Arizona woman eats not one, but TWO of those Big Texan 72-ouncers.  Unbelievable.  But, as that guy from Princess Bride would say, "Inconceivable."

But, she is a professional competitive eater named Miki Sudo who has won the Women's Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest six years in a row.  Oh yes, and she also had salad, shrimp cocktail, baked potato and roll with both meals.

But, the record for fastest meal consumed was set in 2015, when 120 pound Molly Schuyler of Nebraska ate three in just 20 minutes.  She ate the first one in just under five minutes and that beat fellow competitive Joey "Jaws" Chestnut's 8 minutes 52 seconds set in 2008.

The Big Texan's 72 ounce steak dinner in one hour began as a publicity stunt by founder Bob lee in 1962.  The Big Texan opened originally on Amarillo Boulevard (Route 66) in 1960.  It moved after the coming of I-40 in 1977.  The new place, however, turned out to be on an obscure 1920s alignment of 1966.

Hopefully the Steak Was Rare.  --RoadSteak

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Along 66, September 2019: Cadillac Resists Arsonist, Roy's and the Photographer

SEPTEMBER 9--   An arsonist torched a car at the Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo.  It was a 1949 Cadillac Fastback Coupe.  However, back then they built the GM behemoths sturdy and strong and in a short time people will have covered up all evidence of the evil deed.

SEPTEMBER 11--  Roy's Motel and Cafe will be relit in mid-November.  It is out in the middle of nowhere in Amboy, California.  A true ghost of 66.

SEPTEMBER 12--  Photographer Robert Frank died at age 94.  In 1958, he had a popular book called "Americans" which featured a Route 66 photograph which has led to many, many more since then.


Along 66, September 2019: Tulsa Neon and Worrisome Elbow News

SEPTEMBER 6--  First neon sign restored with a Tulsa Route 66 grant program.  Billy Ray's BBQ and Catfish neon sign.  It has been dark for about fifteen years.  The program has gotten a lot of applications for this worthy project.

My idea is that you can never have too much neon.

SEPTEMBER 7--  Elbow Inn operators lose lease; owners will restore the place to its 1950s appearance.

The people operating it right now have had it since 2006, but the owners want the place to move in a different direction and it will reopen after a face lift.  They do say that it won't be a winery.  What would they do with those hundreds of bras on the ceiling?

I am a bit concerned about this news.  Other than the bathrooms, I like everything just the way it is.  Not only is the place rustic, but it really puts the dive in Dive Bar. It is a must-stop every time heading for the Munger-Moss.

Keep It Real.  --RoadElbow

Monday, October 21, 2019

Along 66, September 2019: Bottles and A Tourist Trap Named Totem

These are taken from the Route 66 News site which goes into much greater detail and has one or more posts every day.  I just pick out the ones of most interest to me.

SEPTEMBER 1--  Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro, California, reopens full-time after the death of its creator.  Elmer Long, 72, creator, died June 22.

This is a really eye-catching thing to see.  Probably my favorite thing in California other than the Santa Monica Pier.

SEPTEMBER 3--  The Phelps County Focus newspaper had an article about the Totem Pole Trading Post in Rolla, Missouri.

It dates to 1931, when it opened in Arlington, Mo., (which today is essentially a ghost town at the end of one section of Route 66 which includes John's Modern Cabins).  With realignments, it moved to Rolla in the 1960s and to its present location since 1979.

Tim Jones has been a co-owner since 1974.

The last several times we stopped in (I really love Tourist Traps) it was sad to see how little business they had so I'm hoping it will find a way to continue.


Along 66, August 2019: Club Cafe Neon Signs Taken Down

AUGUST 31--  The two remaining neon signs from the long-closed Club cafe in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, were removed.

Sign Art removed them and it is rumored that they are destined to go to a collector who'll refurbish them and re-erect them at a future Route 66 Visitors Center in Albuquerque's west side.

Good news.  I always hate when something is removed and placed in a private collection, out of sight of the public.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Along 66, August 2019: Camp Cajon and Springfield's Motorheads

AUGUST 22--   Camp Cajon's 100th anniversary in California.  A recreation of the monument that marked the site wasunveiled as well.

Camp cajon was a free auto camp that opened July 4, 1919, on the National Old Trails Road which later became Route 66.  The site was badly damaged in the Great Flood of 1938 and never rebuilt.

The history.

AUGUST 29--  A closer look at the Route 66 Motorheads Bar & Grill and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.  It was shown on PBS and is a 27 minute video.

Owner Ron Metzger has all sorts of Route 66 memorabilia at his place which once was a stand alone Stuckeys on the south side of town on the other side of Lake Springfield.

This is a spot now on our must-stop itinerary.  We first stopped there back in 2018 during the Illinois Route 66 Motor Tour, just a few weeks after the place opened.  Most recently, we saw the St. Louis Blues clinch the Stanley Cup there and you could have been in St. Louis with all the fans and cheering.

Thanks, Ron.

"Gloria"  Not the Shadows of Knight Version, But Laura Branigan's.  This was the Blues' Song.  --RoadDog

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Along 66, August 2019: Goodbye Peter, a Neon Sign and the Pony Bridge

AUGUST 16--   Actor Peter Fonda  died at age 79.  Famed for the 1969 movie "Easy Rider" along with Dennis Hopper.  The movie cost less than $500,000 to make but made $60 million.

There is a one hour video on how it was made.

Not only was the movie about a unique road trip that ended in tragedy, but that soundtrack was something else.  One of my favorite all-time movies.

AUGUST 20--   The Grants Cafe's neon sign was taken down earlier this month.  In Grant's, New mexico.  I didn't get whether it was being restored or if someone bought it.

AUGUST 22--  What's being planned for the famed pony bridge near Bridgeport?  It's actual name is the William H. Murray Bridge, but most commonly referred to as the Pony Bridge.

It is one of Route 66's most iconic sights  as it stretches for more than 3,900 feet over the South Canadian River and consists of 38 yellow "pony"  trusses.

The problem is that it is too narrow.

That Is One Neat Old Bridge.  --RoadDog

Friday, October 18, 2019

Along 66, August 2019: Goodbye Glancy's, Hit and Run at Soulsby's

These are taken from Ron Warnick's Route 66 News blog site.  He has one or more posts every day and in much more detail.  I only take the ones I'm most interested in to write about in this blog.  So for the whole story, you should go to his site.

AUGUST 11-- The Clinton, Oklahoma, city council unanimously voted to condemn Glancy's Motel on Route 66.  It is now in really bad shape and has become a problem with law enforcement.

The motel has declined ever since the famous Pop Hicks restaurant burned in 1999.

Always hate to see a motel go down like this and wish we'd have gotten a chance to eat at Pop Hicks but Liz and I didn't get interested in Route 66 until 2002.

AUGUST 15--  Hit and Run driver damages a gas pump  at Soulsby Gas Station in Mt. Olive, Illinois last week.  Mike Dragovich has owned the station since 1997.  Surveillance camera show the deed was done by motorcyclists.

Henry Soulsby built the station in 1926 and his son Russell ran it for many years until 1993.  He sold it to Dragovich in 1999 and died the same year.

Own Up To It, Folks.  --RoadDog

Along 66, August 2019: Rockwood Motor Court, Springfield, Mo. and Tulsa's Meadow Gold Ice Cream Sign

AUGUST 7--  This place will be holding an open house during the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Saturday from noon to 4 p.m..  It is at 2200 West College Street.

It is a 90 year old rock (as in giraffe stone) motor court that was bought last year by  Dannie Wright and will be featuring her restaurant Bigfoot Subs.

The motor court and restaurant opened in 1929 or 1931 and for years was Ginny Lee's Restaurant and most recently Tubby's.

Always good when a place gets saved.  Hopefully they will also revive the motel as if this was the one we ate at a few years ago and asked to see a room, it was unbelievably gross.

AUGUST 10--   A video is out of the historic restoration of Tulsa's  Meadow Gold Ice Cream sign.  That is a neat sign.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Well, It Wasn't a Complete Disaster (Actually Had Some Success) in a Battle With New Technology

All of the blogs I make entries for today are being done on the new PC which  I was able to set up yesterday all by my self.  I am so proud of myself.

It  will take me a long time to figure out how to use it, but maybe there is hope.  Maybe I'm just  somewhat technologically challenged.

Actually, this is one of the times when I am sorry Liz and I didn't have kids as they would have grown up with all this quickly changing technology and I sure would have liked to have had one of them around yesterday and in the days to come while I am trying to figure out how to use it.

A reckon that is too late now.

Oh well, somewhat success WAS MINE yesterday.

Now, if I could just figure out how to get sound and turn it off.

Not So Technologically Impaired.  --RoadSavvy

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Doing Battle With Modern Technology Today: Setting Up a New PC

In a little while I venture into the Great Unknown as I trepidly approach setting up the new HP all-in-one computer downstairs.

Believe me, I am not looking forward to it as technology pretty well buries me.

But, I will do my best.

Wishing and Hoping for Some Success.  --Roaddog

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Problems With the DeKalb-Sycamore Electric Line in 1919

From the January 9, 2018, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1919, 100 Years Ago.

"The latter part of last week the DeKalb-Sycamore electric line had plenty of troubles, along with the snow and difficulty in running its cars on schedule time.

"Between Seventh and Eighth  street a broken rail was discovered, while one car was at Sycamore, fortunately,  and for that reason it was necessary to transfer passengers at the point where the break occurred.  This occurred on one of the coldest of last week and was not very agreeable to the passengers,  but it was one of those things encountered occasionally on any line."


Monday, October 14, 2019

Eight Killed In Traffic Accidents in DeKalb County in 1943

From the January 2, 2019, MidWeek  :Looking Back."

1944, 75 Years Ago.

"DeKalb County had eight traffic fatalities last year, nearly three times as many as in 1942 when but three people lost their lives in traffic accidents."


Friday, October 11, 2019

An Unexpected Military Convoy in Clinton, Iowa

Back in August, we were at Clinton, Iowa, on Thursday, August 22, to see a Midwest League, Class A baseball game between the Clinton Lumberkings and the Cedar Rapids Kernels and had a bonus, in that we were driving down Lincoln highway south of town and came across a whole bunch of military vehicles.  Some of them looked to be older than ones in current use.

That is when I remembered seeing some posts about a military convoy driving across the country, mostly on the Lincoln Highway to commemorate the 1919 convoy that drove it along with a young officer named Dwight David Eisenhower.

But, I hadn't figured on seeing it as who would expect them to be in Clinton the same time we were (as this was a pre-planned trip for us to also include Galena, Illinois, as this is our 46th wedding anniversary and we were married August 25, 1973, on the Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, Illinois, had our reception there and then drove to Galena for the honeymoon.

But Here We Were.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Just Hanging 'Round-- Part 4: Music and Da Pack


Rain all day.  We've sure been getting the rain.  The Chain of Lakes is closed again.  If we had to pick a year to stop boating, this was a good one as the Chain and Fox River have been either no wake or closed for what seems to have been half the already-too-short season.

Bob Stroud  was lamenting the end of his favorite season, Summer, and Root Saluted it on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM.  Some of the songs he played:

LAST TIME--  Rolling Stones
SUMMER SONG--  Chad & Jeremy
TIME HAS COME TODAY-  Chamber Brothers

OUT OF TIME--  Rolling Stones

Plus, the Top Three songs in Chicago this fate in 1969:

1.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night      From the rock musical "Hair."  There sure were a lot of hits from it.
2.  SUGAR, SUGAR--  Archies    Laugh, but I see you singing it right now.
3.  THIS GIRL IS A WOMAN NOW--  Gary Puckett & the Union Gap     Ever notice the theme of this guy's songs?

Drove to the McHenry American Legion for the Green Bay Packer game and enjoyed talking with the people there.  Da Bears are playing tomorrow night.   Then to Sunnyside Tavern and home to watch the very informative and music-heavy Ken Burns special on PBS  "Country Music."


CROSS PURPOSES:  Which character on the TV series "The Walking Dead" favored the use of a crossbow?   Answer below:

Daryl Dixon

Monday, September 30, 2019

Just Hanging 'Round Here-- Part 3: A Fish Fry, High School Footbal Game, Legion, Historical Society Meeting, Memorial Party and the Sunnyside


Liz and I went to the Mayor's Fish Fry in Fox Lake at Lakefront Park (which used to be Skipper Bud's where we bought our 4 Winns boat in 1990).  AUCE dish and fixins' for $10 as part of the Fox Lake Fishing Derby tomorrow.  Met Frank and Lianne there.

I dropped Liz off at the Fox Lake American Legion and I drove to nearby Johnsburg High School where they were having a game against Marengo.  Johnsburg lost 33-0.  Then I went to the Legion and met up witj Liz and Kevin and Kelly.


I went to the Fox Lake Historical Society meeting in Ingleside where we heard a presentation on model trains.  Very interesting but sure glad I never got hooked on them as I got hooked on too many things as it is.  
In the afternoon, we drove over to Richmond, Illinois, where Ken Reid's children were having a memorial party for him.  That Kenny was quite a character and one of those that wherever he is, that is where the part is.  Sure miss him.  Later to Sunnyside Tavern.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Just Hangin' Around Here-- Part 2: Donovan's, The Grove, PLAV, Legion and Concert


Cocktails at Donovan's Reef in Wisconsin and Cocktails and steak at The Grove in Spring Grove, Illinois.  (We're right on the Wisconsin-Illinois border.)  Came home and watched Part 4 of Ken Burns' "Country Music" on PBS.  I am a big country music fan.  Part of the show tonight was on Johnny Cash.  I have a Johnny Cash story that I will write about in my Down Da Road blog later.


Liz and I drove to McHenry and had the $1 slider special at the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV).  They are much bigger than White Castle sliders.  For a total of $6, Liz and I were quite full with two sliders apiece and an order of sweet potato fries.  Now, that's real eatin' cheap in the neighborhood.

We then walked over to the McHenry American Legion and enjoyed $2 Miller Lite aluminum cans and lots of friendly folks.  Walked over to Veterans Park and saw the band Sweet T, then back to the Legion for the King of Clubs drawing and they had karaoke.


Just Hangin' Around Here: Gas Gouge, FP, More Expensive, Classic Cars, '67 Firebirds


Sure been having problems with the internet of late and it is getting very difficult to get on and do these blogs.
Still sitting out FP (Front Porch) most mornings until it gets too cold.    We sure had a gas gouge here in northeast Illinois with gas up to $3.06 in McHenry!!!

A lot of unhappy patrons at Half-Times in Johnsburg as they raised all prices up.  The Tuesday 14-inch pizza, $1 toppings went up from $9 to $12 and the $1 14 ounce draft beers are now $2 for 20 ounces.  Still a good deal.

Drove over to the McHenry Mosse Lodge for  their classic car show and saw a '67 red Firebird convertible.  I am a big, well, huge Firebird fan, especially since I once had a '67 Firebird convertible. Went by Sunnyside Tavern on the way home.

Enjoyed watching the Ken Burns "Country Music" series as I am a big country music fan.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Along 66, August 2019: Red's Giant Hamburg Opens Again in Springfield, Missouri

AUGUST 4--   A new version of Red's Hamburg opens Monday, August 5 in Springfield, Missouri.  This is decades after the original closed.  This new one boasts 700 pictures of Route 66 and Red's and it will have a replica of the famous Red's Hamburg  sign.

The original Red's was torn down in 1997 after Red died.

The new Red's is at 2301 W. Sunshine Street, two miles south of the nearest Route 66 alignment, but well-worth the extra drive for you purists.

Red and Julia Chaney opened the original one in 1947 on Route 66 in a former gas station.  It was originally to be called Red's Giant Hamburgers, but Red misjudged the sign and could only get the word "Hamburg" on it.

They only used beef from their local cattle farm.  Red's also became somewhat famous as being the location of the first food drive-through service in a restaurant.  A popular sandwich of theirs was called the Sooper Redburg which was topped with bacon and ham.

Red's closed in 1984 after the Chaneys retired.

Springfield has a replica of the sign in its Route 66 Roadside Park west of downtown.  A local band called the Morells has a song about the place called "Red's" featuring a video of them playing in the place.  Check it out on You-Tube.

Well, We Definitely Know Where We'll Be Eating Next Trip to Springfield.  Of Course, There Is also That Great Old Steak 'N Shake and Lambert's Also.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Along 66, August 2019: The Windy City Road Warrior and the Gasconade Bridge

These are from the Route 66 Mews site which is your best source for anything going on along the Mother Road.  Ron Warnick has daily postings along with pictures and much more information.  I just pick the stories of most interest to me.

AUGUST 2--  David G. Clark, "The Windy City Road Warrior" has extensive knowledge, and I do mean real extensive knowledge, on Route 66 in Chicago is writing his memoir which you can access in serial form.

He has written "Zeno's Motel and Paradox on Route 66" and ""Exploring Route 66 in Chicago."

He also offers some really interesting walking tours of Route 66 and Chicago architecture, but be forewarned, I don't know many folks who can walk faster than him.

AUGUST 3--  The new Gasconade River Bridge has opened and that has reconnected Route 66 as you had to take I-44 around it ever since the original Gasconade Bridge closed.  That was 8-9 miles.  The Missouri Department of Transportation spent $4 million on the new one and this one opened for traffic August 3.

There is still a big question as to what is to happen to the old bridge.

I'm Hoping It Will Remain.  --RoadBridge

Along 66, July 2019: The Wall and the Eating Place

JULY 30--  The Arizona Route 66 Association was given $10,000 to finish the "Standin' On the Corner" wall in Winslow.  "Take It Easy" there Glenn.  A great song by that great group, the Eagles.

JULY 31--  The renovation of the Red Cedar Inn in Pacific, Missouri, may take two years.  The old restaurant is to be converted into visitors center/museum.  When we first did Route 66 in Missouri, we saw the place and put it on our list of places to eat, but by the time we got back, it was closed.  So, now we'll look toward at least going into the building.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Along 66, July 2019: Grants and Punishment on the Mother Road

JULY 25--  The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces final cost-sharing grants.

Since 2001, they have awarded $2.27 million to 152 propositions for cost-sharing activities.  It is unlikely that Congress will renew it.  Too bad as that money was put to good use.

JULY 29--  The Beacon Car Wash has come up with a novel way of punishment for a teen's flag theft.  The Beacon Car and Pet Wash in Pacific, Missouri, noted for their reuse of the Old Beacon Motel sign on its premises.

The station has three huge U.S. flags and one was stolen by a 19-year-old who said he "accidentally" stole it.  He was caught and punishment will be handing out 150 small U.S. flags to customers and apologizing to each one.

That teenager might just think about the embarrassment the next time he "accidentally" steals something.  Hard to believe that in this day and age, some parents would be willing to have their son punished like that.  Good for them.

Hey Sonny, How 'Bout a Flag?  --RoadFlag

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Along 66, July 2019: Two Neon Signs Reinstalled in Albuquerque

JULY 19:  Two neon signs were reinstalled along Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The De Anza Motor Lodge is a restored new hotel, apartments, businesses, restaurants.  It was built in 1939 by Charles Wallace, a Zuni trader and Indian art collector.

A reproduction of the original Monterey Motel sign has been relit.  It is near the El Vado Motel.

It was opened in 1946 as the Davis Court and was renamed Monterey Court by 1954.  For a long time it was known as the Monterey Non-Smokers Motel.

Give Me That Old Time Neon.  --RoadDog

Friday, September 20, 2019

Young Boys Flipping Automobiles in 1918

From the December 26, 2018,  MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Complaints in number are coming in to the police station, of young boys who are flipping automobiles down town and else where.  The jumping onto cars is very annoying to motorists who are not responsible if children are hurt, and who yet would be blamed.

"Boys seen committing the offense hereafter will be prosecuted, says the department."

I'm not sure what exactly "flipping automobiles" was all about.  Did that mean jumping onto a moving car or actually turning them over.  I'm thinking perhaps jumping onto them.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Along 66, July 2019: Crossroads, Specialty Plates and an Anniversary

JULY 17--  Crossroads Diner in Mt. Olive, Illinois, closed earlier this year.  It was built in 1953 at the intersection of  Route 66 and Illinois Highway 138.

There is no explanation as to why it closed and I believe it is in the Illinois Route 66 Association's Hall of Fame.

I don't remember ever eating there, however.  Maybe it was my fault.

JULY 18--  License -plate program earns $231,000 for the Arizona Route 66 Association.  These are what are known as specialty plates.  And, I'm sure that money will be put to good use.

JULY 24--  The New Mexico Route 66 Association is having a 30th anniversary party this Saturday at the Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post west of Albuquerque.

Love Those Route 66 State Associations.  --RoadDog

Along 66, July 2019: On Horseshoes

JULY 15--  How About a Horseshoe Trail in Illinois.  It seems that places all over have been going crazy with the ideas of Trails.  A road trip that involves several to many similar places in an area.  I mean, there are Bourbon Trails and BBQ Trails.

This one involves that Central Illinois gastronomic goodie called Horseshoes.  For those of you who don't know, a horseshoe is a thick-sliced toasted piece of bread loaded with various meats and covered with fries smothered in cheese sauces.

Credit for its creation goes to the LeLand Hotel in Springfield, Illinois, right down the street from the Illinois State Capitol.

A smaller version is called a Ponyshoe--  Get It!!  (I had to ask the first time we had one at Norb Andy's.  There are also breakfast horseshoes with hash browns instead of cheese sauce and gravy.

Writer to the Illinois Times newspaper Tony Leone is proposing this.

You Go, Tony.  Sign Me Up!  --RoadShoe

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


**  Last week, I would have liked going to a commemoration of 9-11 somewhere in the local area.  After considerable looking in the internet, I did see that McHenry, Illinois, about ten miles away, had an event at Veterans Park, but couldn't find a time.  Come on, McHenry, you need to better publicize these events like this.

**  Also, I was listening to a cassette tape I had made of WVCO, 94.9, the Surf, out of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and saw the date on it.  It was June 28, 2001.  The terrorists would probably already have been in the United States and taking pilot lessons on that date.

**  I put up my U.S. flags (well, one was already up).  One is out by the mailbox, another is in the front flower bed and a third is actually a U.S. shield with an eagle on it which is hanging from the front porch eaves.

**  But, sadly, the date just about snuck up on me as I didn't remember it until our McHenry County Civil War Round Table president asked for a moment of silence at Tuesday's (September 10) meeting.

Not Forgetting.  --RoadDog

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 5: Johnsburg's Saufen und Spiel


The first weekend after Labor Day in Johnsburg, Illinois, about four miles south of us in Spring grove, is the annual Saufen und Spiel.  Saufen means to drink and spiel means games.  It is kind of an Oktoberfest celebration by different name.  Johnsburg and Spring Grove were settled by many German immigrants so it is a heritage thing.

Saturday is Banjo Beer Night, featuring three bands and lots of beer.

Sunday is the big day, with a parade, oompah/polka band inside, a regular band outside and a cow drop where you can make some money depending upon which square the cow lets loose.  This year we didn't make it over to Sunnyside where we usually watch the parade because of rain drizzle earlier.

Liz didn't want to go to it when we drove to the Johnsburg Community Club grounds so I dropped her off at Sunnyside Tavern and went the short distance to the grounds and parked.  The band Epics was playing outside and doing classic rock from the 80s and doing it very well.  About half of the Sunnyside regulars were over here as well as some of my Fox Lake Sons of the American Legion.

The highlight was definitely the performance by Milwaukee's Glockenspiel group which is essentially a recreation of a German Black Forest clock scene with people drinking, working, making music and doing German dances like Chevy Chase in "European Vacation."  Go to You Tube and type in "Glockenspiel Germanfest to see it.  Be prepared to spend about 17 enjoyable minutes.

Afterwards I went back to Sunnyside where I found a couple large farm tractors parked outside.  Johnsburg and Spring Grove still have a lot of farms.

It was a mighty fun day.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 4: 1973, Wild Turkeys, Pops' 96th and Joe


Enjoyed WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback to 1973.  Three hours from that mighty busy year for me between graduating from college, getting a teaching job, my first apartment and married.

We went to the Fox Lake American Legion to help celebrate Pop's 96th birthday.  He is called Pops as a stand-in for all of us who have lost their farmers.  His son Ken is one day younger than me.  Afterwards, we stayed for three hours as had a great time with Joe Kadlek playing the guitar and goofing around.

Going over there, we twice had to stop due to flocks of wild turkeys on Sunset Road between Johnsburg Road and US-12.  I guess we live out in the country.

Anybody seen Those Illinois Route 66 Turkey Tracks?  --RoadTurkey

Friday, September 13, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 3: Magee Teachers and a High School Football Game


I drove Liz home and then drove to the Bristol 45 Diner in Bristol Wisconsin, where I got together with former Magee Middle School teach Bob for breakfast.  We made plans to go to a Northwestern University football game later this fall.  Got gas in Bristol for the lowest I've seen around here, $2.48.

Later that night I went to the Johnsburg Skyhawk-Rochelle high school football game at Johnsburg High.  It was an absolute beautiful night for a football game.  During the fall, if the weather cooperates, there are few places I'd rather be than at a high school football game.  You get all the fun of a college or pro game without all the hassles and prices.

Johnsburg High is two miles directly south of our house, but kids from out subdivision go to Richmond-Burton High School (as does a WHOLE LOT of my money, about $3300 a year).  We hang out a lot in Johnsburg theses days.  But I will pull for Johnsburg and game they play except Richmond-Burton.  Have to pull for my money.

As a matter of fact, I am about to leave for Richmond-Burton High School for the big rivalry game with Johnsburg.

Johnsburg beat Rochelle (which is west of DeKalb, Illinois).

Football Tonight.  --RoadBall

Thursday, September 12, 2019

9-11 Disease Deaths Grow

Continued from my Running the Blockade: Civil War Navy blog today.  It started in my Saw the Elephant: Civil War blog today.

**  One FBI agent was reported killed on September 11, 2001.  As of this August, the FBI reports a death toll of 15 from cancers linked to toxic exposure in the subsequent investigation and cleanup.

Some 90,000 people have reported exposure to toxic chemicals--  asbestos, burning jet fuel, burning computer parts, pulverized concrete and a myriad of other substances.

Significantly higher rates of blood cancers, and now kidney cancer are being diagnosed among First Responders.

"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?"-- Part 7

This was supposed to have been posted yesterday, but we lost internet connection.  Every year, now, I remember 9-11 in all my blogs.

This song sums it all up for me, well, and also Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."


And the greatest is love

And the greatest is love.

Where were you  when the world stopped turning on that September day?


Like I said, pretty well sums it up for me.

For the complete song, see my seven blog posts from yesterday and today.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 2: A Football Time With Da Bears and Packers Rivalry

Recounting a week in the life.


As usual, enjoyed the FP and OD and fed the chipmunks.

We went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin,  where we got a room behind the bar where we spent the night.  That way we could watch Da Bears and Da Pack open the NFL season at Soldier Field and not have to worry about driving home.

There was a lot of hoopla and the highlight was when the 1985, Super Bowl XX Bears came out on the field before the game.  That had the Bears fans in the bar standing and cheering.  But, Donovan's is just about three miles north of the Illinois-Wisconsin border, so that means the crowd is going to be about half Bear and half Packer.  There is a bar about ten miles from Donovan's which is called the Packer Inn.  Plus, Donovan's is about six miles from K.C.'s Cabin where a Packer fan was once duct taped to the stop sign.

Well, at least the Bears were able to score a field goal after that horrendous double-doink ended our season last year.  That was the offensive highlight for us.  Our defense played well, other than that four play Packer TD drive.  We lost 10-3.

However, both Liz and I got flagged.  During Bears and Packers games, the bars has "Flags."  On entering, you sign a ticker and every time there is a flag on the field, a ticket is drawn and that person gets to drink for free until the next flag and another ticker drawn.  However, you are guaranteed one drink, so as often happens there is another quick file and another ticket drawn.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 1: Pizza, Gyros, Bars and Movies

I often get asked why we don't go off on vacation during the summer.  Why should I go elsewhere when there is so much to do around here (and for a lot cheaper than those summer prices).

This past week:


Lots of bands playing in bars in the Chain of Lakes area because of Labor Day, but we instead got together with Kevin and Kelly at J's in Ingleside, Illinois, for half price pizza (BLT) and $1.50 draft pints.  We also played NTN trivia and placed three times in the top twenty places in the country.


Movie Day.  I saw "Angel Has Fallen" and "Hobbs & Shaw" for $5 each at the Fox Lake Theatre.  Also had a gyro dinner at Billy's in Spring Grove.


Went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg for a drink, picked up Rocky and drove to the McHenry American Legion for the afternoon.  Returned to Sunnyside.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

Friday, September 6, 2019

Bear Down Chicago Bears

If you come to Chicago or its environs around this time of the year, there is the possibility that you just might hear this song, especially if you get around a bar or sports gathering.  And, even though things did not go well for us last night, it is still one great (and easy to sing) fight song.  We lost 10-3.

It is none other than "Bear Down, Chicago Bears."

The fight song was introduced in 1941 and written by Jerry Downs, who was actually Al Hoffman, who also wrote  many other songs, including "Mairzy Doats."  This was during the early stages of Da Bears' "Monsters of the Midway" era.    It was also the year Da Bears defeated  the Washington Redskins in a resounding 73-0 in the league championship game.

Hoffman, however, has little connection with Chicago or the Bears.  He was born in Russia in 1902 and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1908 and lived in Seattle until he moved to New York City in the 1920s and got into song writing.  He wrote songs for Disney's original "Cinderella" cartoon, including "Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boo" and "The Work Song."

At home games, a version recorded in 1993 by Bill Archer and the Big Bear Band is played every time Da Bears score.

When our old Usual Suspects are together at the Squaw Bar in Ingleside, Illinois, we sing this song whenever the Bears win, which hasn't been often lately until last year.

So Bear Down Chicago Bears.  --RoadBear


Thursday, September 5, 2019

The 1919 U.S. Army Transcontinental Convoy-- Part 1: Test Equipment and Find Out State of U.S. Roads

From the August 12, 2019, Clinton, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce news release.

The 2019 MVPA is covering much the same roadage that the 1919 one did.

In 1919, the U.S. Army decided to  plan and execute  a motor convoy of various vehicles across the country, mostly on the newly formed Lincoln Highway (it was no where close to being paved all the way).

They started at the White House in Washington, D.C. and ended in Lincoln Park in San Francisco.  They covered some 3,200 miles in 62 days.  It was the first  motor transport convoy to ever attempt that.

The Convoy had the following objectives:

1.  Put the equipment through  as grueling of a trial as could be devised.

2.  Study how the varying road conditions affected each branch of the service.

3.  A transcontinental recruiting drive for the Army.

4.  Demonstrate the need for good rads.

5.  And the unwritten  objective was  to say "Thanks" to the American people for their support during WW I.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

2019 MVPA Transcontinental Convoy-- Part 3: The 1919 Convoy and Thanks to Our Veterans

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) Convoy welcomes the public to witness this historic trip across the United States by coming out to meet it at the various stops and/or just enjoy it as it passes by.  We sure did enjoy part of it that we saw while driving on the Lincoln Highway in Clinton, Iowa.

As the Convoy passes through the cities and towns of the Lincoln Highway, the MVPA intends, with the cooperation of the Lincoln Highway Association, to draw attention to this early road system.

Additionally, the MVPA will present both the historical significance of the original 1919 Convoy and the historical significance of  the military vehicles present  on the 2019 Convoy.  Finally, as the 2019 Convoy passes through the many towns along the route, the MVPA will take every opportunity to also say "thanks" yo out veterans in a most patriotic way.

Sure Glad We Got to see Some of It.  --RoadVoy

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2019 MVPA Transcontinental Convoy-- Part 2: That's A Long Way

The convoy will follow the original Lincoln Highway as much as possible.  The old road crosses all of or part of eleven states going to San Francisco and the convoy will be joining it at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The route begins in the lowlands of  of the eastern seaboard,  traverses the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, travels the lush farmlands of the Midwest, crosses the high plains,  dips into the Great Salt Lake Basin in Utah, crosses the Nevada Desert, climbs the Sierra Nevada and descends into Lake Tahoe, and ends up in the splendor of California and the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is a convoy of historic military vehicles of all eras, from World War II to current.  The vehicle roster making the trip includes cargo trucks, through to Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycles, staff cars, jeeps,  to later model  M913 5-ton cargo trucks.  The Convoys' many daily stopping spots include many of the same ones used by the historic 1919 Convoy.


Monday, September 2, 2019

About That 2019 MPVA Transcontinental Motor Convoy-- Part 1

From the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) site.

The MVPA will be conducting a 100th anniversary convoy across the United States in 2019 with as many as 90 military vehicles  retracing the original 1919  U.S. Army  Transcontinental Convoy route- much of it along the famed Lincoln Highway.

It will launch from Washington, D.C. on 11 August and arrive in San Francisco, CA. some 37 days later on September 14.  One of the highlights of it will be departing  from the MVPA 44th Annual International Convention in York, PA on August 10.

We are expecting over 50 historic vehicles to make the entire 3,200 mile run with over fifty others joining for parts of it.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Some of the Upcoming MVPA Stops in 2019 Motor Convoy

They were in Clinton, Iowa, on August 22 and are following the Lincoln Highway, as did the 1919 U.S. Army Convoy.

AUGUST 31--  Laramie, Wyoming

September 2--  Rowling, Wyoming

September 5--  Tooele, Utah

September 9--  Austin, Nevada

September 12--  Fallon, Nevada

September 14--  Stockton, California

September 15--  USS Hornet Museum   Alameda, California    End of the convoy.


MVPA 2019 Transcontinental Motor Convoy Stops At Clinton, Iowa

I wish I had seen this ahead of time instead of today.  We went to Clinton, Iowa, arriving on August 22 and caught the tail end of the convoy as it headed out west of the city.

From the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.  News release from August 12, 2019.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association will be conducting a transcontinental motor convoy that will be stopping in Clinton, IA,  on August 22.

They will be parked up on the riverfront between the Clinton Riverview Pool and the NelsonCorp Baseball Field from 2p-3:30p.

Come check out as many as 70 historic military vehicles as they retrace  the route of the original 1919 U.S. Army's Transcontinental Motor Convoy.

Like I Said, I Wish I Had Seen This Ahead Of Time.  I Sure Would Have Been There In Time.  --RoadDog

Friday, August 30, 2019

Along 66, July 2019: Of Bottles, Of Mufflers and Al Capone

JULY 5--  Elmer Lang, 72, died June 22, 2019.  He was the eccentric creator of the Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66 near Oro, California.

This is quite an example of folk art, not to mention eye-catching.

JULY 10--  A New Muffler Man named Frecs (short for freckles) is on Route 66 in Galena, Kansas.  It is a 19-feet tall miner and is just west of Front Street Bridge.  A muffler man for the miners.

You can never have enough muffler men.

JULY 11--  There was an Al Capone presentation at the Mill's 90th anniversary party in Lincoln, Illinois.  It was given by Illinois' own David Clark, aka "The Windy City Road Warrior."

I know of no one else who knows so much about Route 66 in Chicago, and, of course, Al Capone was a big part of Chicago.  I also don't know anyone who walks as fast as David.

Al Capone Slept Here?  --RoadDog

Along 66, July 2019: Route 66 Rising in Tulsa, The "Mayor of Route 66," A Museum Turns 50

JULY 3--  The official dedication of the Route 66 Rising statue in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Quite an impressive structure and we'll look for it the next time through.

JULY 4--  Bob Russell is stepping down at the mayor of Pontiac, Illinois.  He is noted for often meeting busloads of folks traveling Route 66.  So much that he often is referred to as "The Mayor of Route 66.

He cites age as a factor for his decision as he will soon be 72.

I know the feeling, Mayor.

JULY 5--  The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, turned fifty.


Pontiac, Illinois.  One City That Appreciates Its Route 66 Heritage.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Along 66, July 2019: Afton Station Sold, Death of a 66er

These are taken from the Route 66 News site which has a whole lot more stories as well as information.  I just take the ones of most interest to me.

JULY 2--  The new owner of Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma, wants ideas for a Route 66 business to be located there.

Louis Cox bought it for $72,000 at auction on Saturday.

Here's hoping that the city will back him as they can really use the help.  Sure miss the former owner, Laurel Kane, who was always so friendly and nice

JULY 3--  Martha Jackson was a key figure in getting Litchfield, Illinois, its Route 66 Museum and visitors center, has died at age 87.

I didn't know her, but anyone who loves the road as much as I do is alright with me.

Thank You Laurel and Martha, For All You Have Done for the Mother Road.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Camp Joy Cabin Dedicated at Lebanon Route 66 Festival in Missouri

JUNE 19, 2019:  The sole remaining cabin of Camp Joy in Lebanon, Missouri, has been moved to Boswell Park, restored and dedicated as the capstone of Lebanon's annual Route 66 Festival.

It has taken four months of restoration and about 100 gathered by it for presentation of plaques to those responsible for it.

One plaque was given to Lee Sing who donated it.  Others went to Mayor Jared Carr and City Administrator Mike Schumacher.  Bruce Owen was the driving force behind the whole project.

Camp Joy was an early tourist camp across from present day Cowan Civic Center and founded in 1927 by the Spears family, one year after the gravel road through town became Route 66.  The children of the Spears were in attendance.

The cabin measures 16 foot square today, but the original was 12 by 16 foot, with the extra 4 feet added for a bathroom.  There were 4 acres in Camp Joy and a Sinclair gas station.  Some famous overnight guests were the outlaws Bonnie & Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd and singer Tex Ritter.

Liz and I were very happy to be there.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Top Ten Songs on August 18, 1969, the Last Day of Woodstock

These are the WLS 890 AM Top Ten in Chicago for August 18, 1969, fifty years ago.  The last official day of the Woodstock Festival was August 17, but because of the rain, Jimi Hendrix was the last to take the stage at 9 am Monday, August 18.

1.  HONKY TONK WOMAN--  Rolling Stones
2.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen
3.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops

4.  LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan
5.  BIRTHDAY--  Undeground Sunshine
7.  BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash

8.  GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
10.  POLK SALAD ANNIE--  Tony Joe White

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Whatever Colors You Have In Your Mind."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Lay Lady Lay"

Thursday, August 22, 2019

One Week-- Part 4: Steak Fry, The Grove, Bricks & Ivy, Gazebo and Legion Picnic


We went to the Spring Grove Firemen's annual steak fry at Horse Fair Park.  Always good to support your local fire department.  It cost $20 for a large ribeye, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, ear of corn and pie.  We could not finish it.

We decided to make this a Spring Grove evening so stayed in town and went to The Grove and after that to Bricks & Ivy for cocktails.


Bob Stroud played Woodstock at 50 on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive this morning.  It was music from the movie and on the radio fifty years ago.  I will be listing the songs he played as a future time in my Down da Road I Go blog.

Read the Tribune in the gazebo and then we went to the Fox Lake American Legion picnic and spent all afternoon.  Great food, beer and we had a solo guy entertaining.  All free.

Real Good Time.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

One Week-- Part 3: Woodstock, Fish Fry, Sunnyside and Football


Fifty years ago they were having the Woodstock Art Festival in New York state.  That was some lineup of music.  Wish I had been there.  Hey, even if it was just my all-time favorite group, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

One of the great things about living here in the Midwest, is the abundance of fish  fries on Fridays.  Hey, it's a Friday Fish Fry kind of day.  Last Friday, we met a bunch of the usual Suspects at 'Cuda's on Grasslake Road for one.  And today, Liz and I went to Stucky's in Johnsburg for one.  One of the best ever in my opinion.  The breading on the fried fish was absolutely delicious.

Then to nearby Sunnyside Tavern where a group was having a good time with the jukebox and were joined by Kevin and Kelly and watched the waste-of-time preseason Bears game.  We did play Country Joe McDonald's "Fixin'-to-Die-Rag" which was from Woodstock.

You know:  "It's one, two, three, what are we fightin' for, don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam."


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

One Week-- Part 2: Communication, Radio, Bars, Wings and a Band


Most days at 10 a.m., I listen to Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.  All  this month they are letting listeners give their ten songs and make comments during the show.  Today's was from a Palatine gal, Cindy Mitchell.  Liz and I both lived in Palatine during high school.  Her topic today was Communication.  She did a fine job.

THE LETTER--  Joe Cocker
OPERATOR--  Jim Croce

DIALOGUE (PART 1 AND 2)--  Chicago
HUSH--  Deep Purple

WESTERN UNION--  Five Americans
867-5309 (JENNY)--  Tommy Tutone


Drove to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin and then to Sunnyside in Johnsburg, Illinois.  A bi-state quest for liquid refreshment.


Did some shopping in McHenry, Illinois, and some yard work. Then drove to Bootleggers on Grasslake Road and met Kevin and Kelly and enjoyed the 50 cent wings and $1 draft pints.

Then went to the It's Thursday show in Antioch, Illinois, at the bandshell.  Tonight's band was the Piano Man who performed the music of Billy Joel and Elton John.


One Week-- Part 1: FP, Yard Work, Blogs, Sunnyside Tavern, Moose Lodge, Classic Cars, Band and Former Student


Sat out FP (Front Porch) most every day reading the Tribune and having coffee or breakfast.  A great way to greet the morning.  Relaxing.  Then I go on the internet and post to these blogs for awhile.  Weather permitting, I work in the yard and have been getting some of the back deck flower bed area out of being overgrown.

And, I have surprisingly at this late date in my life, gotten into crossword puzzles (the easy ones).

I also enjoy sitting OD (On Deck) and out in the gazebo.

Met the friendly folks at Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg as we do often.  All August (and this past July) they have $1.50 domestic pints, a good price these days.  Met a former student who remembers when I used to deejay the dances at Magee Middle School.


FP, blogs, yard work.

Went to Sunnyside then over to the McHenry Moose Lodge for the classic car show and the band Heartbeats.  Enjoyed the 3 tacos for $5 and $3 margaritas there, then back to Sunnyside.


Monday, August 19, 2019

The Movie "Cars" Impact on Me: Animation "Ain't" So Bad

Back in 2005, when I learned there was going to be a movie about Route 66, I was excited.  We'd been bitten by the Route 66 bug in 2002 and just couldn't get enough of it.

Then I learned that it was going to be an animated one and that the "people" would be cars.  I was completely disappointed.  I hadn't seen an animated movie in a long time and thought it would be like "Sleeping Beauty" or "Snow White."  Plus, how could mechanical beings be people?

But. when it was released, I went out to see it anyway.  Hey, we can't get enough publicity for Route 66.  And, was I in for a surprise.  With computers, animation has come a real long way.  This was no "Snow White."  After a short time, I wasn't even thinking of it as animation.

And, the cars.  About as soon as animation, I stopped thinking of them as cars, but people who just looked like cars.

This was just an amazing film.  And, it was clear that so much of Route 66, both places and people, but also heart and soul was in it.  We recognized people and places.  The pathos of the interstate and impact on American travel was clear.

Well, I saw the film again in the theater a few days later, then went out to our local McHenry Outdoor Theater (McHenry, Illinois) and saw it there again.  Not only that, but before that I went to the local Dog 'N Suds in Ingleside for a Coney Dog and that great mug of root beer.  (We have three of the last seven Dog 'N Suds in the country within twenty miles of here.)

Just something about the curb service, and old chain of restaurants like this and a movie at a drive in theater just sort of set the stage for a movie like "Cars."

Make sure you watch the video I wrote four posts about to see how they arrived at the movie.

A Real "Cars" Experience.  Thanks John Lasseter.  --RoadCars

Along 66, June 2019: Centennial Commission and Gasconade Bridge

These are from the Route 66 News blog spot which has many more postings than the ones I do here which are just ones of particular interest to me.

JUNE 21--  The Route 66 Centennial Commission Act advanced out of the Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works and now goes to the floor.  I'm thinking it won't have much a problem passing.

JUNE 27--  An engineering firm says it will cost at least $2.5 million to rehabilitate the closed Gasconade River Bridge in Missouri near Hazelgreen.

I'm thinking it could be less if turned into a park and just minor structural repairs and painting are done.  It would be a nice place for a picnic.


Things That Inspired the Movie "Cars"-- Part 4: Characters in Movie Based On People They Met on Trip

Well worth watching this video which you can find on Ron Warnick's Route 66 News site or You Tube.  "Disney Pixar Cars -  Route 66: Memory Lane" hosted by John Lassiter.

Here It is--  Jack Rabbit Trading Post reason for the jack rabbits in the movie.

Twin Arrows to get you to stay

As they traveled, they made wreaths of various road "finds."  This was at Michael Wallis' behest.

Seligman's Angel Degudillo  coined the name Historic Route 66.

The "Cars" characters were based on people they met on Route 66.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Things That Inspired the Movie "Cars"--Part 3: Tee Pee Curios and Blue Swallow Motel

Before beginning to work on the movie "Cars" they took a ride on Route 66 for ideas.  They found plenty of ideas.

Michael Wallis declared Glenrio "Death by interstate."

The terrain in New Mexico and Arizona as well as the continental divide was the most inspirational.

Tee Pee Curios--  classic

Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari--  each room had a place for cars to park in a covered spot.  This influenced Sally's motel.

The Yellow Horse Indian Shop influenced the Old Wagon Wheel motel.  Behind it is  a cave.

The neon signs of motels along Route 66 had big influence on all the neon signs in Radiator Springs.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Things That Inspired the Movie "Cars" and Other Things-- Part 2

Continued from August 1.

Quanset Huts--  Sarge's place

Pony Bridge--  Trade Winds Hotel  where Elvis slept

Country Dove Restaurant--  Silk Pies

Motrack--  riding lawnmowers

Barb Wire Museum--  When our hero got caught up in it.

By the fourth day of the movie company's trip to gather information for their movie, they weren't too worried about getting to the next place.  In the movie, once they got to Radiator Springs, he slowed down.

Midpoint Cafe--  ugly crust pie

The single most inspirational place was Glenrio--  essentially totally abandoned.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Week In the Life-- Part 7: Back 40 Years and the PLAV Street Dance


Had coffee and read part of the Chicago Tribune FP.  Enjoyed going back to August 4, 1979, forty years ago on Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots Part 3 Summer of '79 show.   Forty years ago we were living in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, and enjoying good times with our neighbors.

These were songs on our radio and in our record collections and the first four songs he played:

I Need A Lover--  John Cougar
Minute By Minute--  Doobie Brothers
Logical Song--  Supertramp
My My Hey Hey--  Neil Young

For the complete list of songs he played, go to my Down Da Road I Go blog.

We had a choice of going to see Jed's band playing at Stucky's in Johnsburg or the PLAV's annual street dance in McHenry.  We chose the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) as we also hang  out there a lot.  And, it was a real hard deal to beat.  It was all you can eat of Italian, Polish, brats and hot dogs, salads, corn on the cob and desserts you can eat as well beer you can drink for $10.

All that and Peter & the Versatiles were  playing outside, one of our favorite bands, plus, when they were on break we had a karaoke/DJ guy interacting with the crowd.  We got to see buddy Mark shaking his little tush to " I'm Too Sexy."

So, this was my week and why I stay around here usually doing the summer.

Way Too Much Fun.  --RoadFun

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Week In the Life-- Part 6: Teachers, Legion, Yardwork, Sunnyside Tap


Drove to the Bristol 45 Diner in Bristol, Wisconsin, for the Magee Middle School teacher get together.  Only one other teacher there because of summer trips, but we had a nice talk.  I had always thought my first days of teaching was something else when I got my teaching job on Friday, had our rehearsal dinner on Friday, fot married and had the reception on Saturday, went on the honeymoon in Galena which was cut short by having to start school on Tuesday.

Well, Cindy's first marriage was essentially the same but, she also started her first teaching job as a teacher strike loomed.  She took the marriage stakes.

Worked in the yard and met the Usual Suspects at the Fox Lake American Legion for 50-50.


More yardwork, then we went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.  Who needs karaoke when you have all that great bar singing?


Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Week In the Life-- Part 5: Enjoying the House, A Band and Classic Cars


FP.  Then on the internet, as I do most every day.  These blogs take a lot of time and effort. Today I also got to enjoy the deck (OD) and the gazebo.  I had to cut the grass, which, this time of the year shouldn't have to happen but every two weeks, but this has not been a normal summer.  All the rain we had through early July as well as the cool temperatures is providing an excellent grass growing condition.  And, it is.

Drove to Antioch, Illinois, and parked which required a walk through that beautiful little park and across Main Street to the Lodge which was standing room only.  Looking for a seat it seemed like it was open season on me.  Wherever I stood, I was in somebody's way.  We finally got two seats at the bar and enjoyed some pre-concert beers.  Thursdays they have half price pizza and 60 cent wings (used to be 35 cents) but the price of chicken wings has gone up with their increased popularity).  We ordered a chicken and bacon pizza.

During the summer, Antioch runs It's Thursday concerts from mid-June to mid-August at their bandshell in a park behind the Lodge.  They always have great bands and it's free.  We always make an effort to see these, but this year, this was the very first one.

Tonight the band was Class of '68, as you can figure, sixties music, right up our alley.  Great show and at the same time they were having a classic car show.

Well, I Sure Was a Happy Lad.  --RoadSixties

Friday, August 9, 2019

A Week in the Life-- Part 4: 1972, Half-Times, Sunnyside, NIU, Football, Donovan's and Back to Sunnyside


Sat out FP (Front Porch) and later enjoyed Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten which featured the college year for me, 1972.  Of course, my favorite years for music are high school and college 1965 to 1973.     My pick for best of show, "Brandy" by Looking Glass.  If there ever was a song that paints a picture, this one does.  You can just see the nautical water front bar.

We met Kevin and Kelly at Half-Times in Johnsburg, Illinois, and had a nice talk with former Fox Lake American Legion Commander Kelli.  Enjoyed the $9 14-inch pizza with $1 toppings and $1 draft beers.  As often the case, you ended up at Sunnyside, which is the Cheers Bar of Johnsburg.  Most times we know everybody in the place.  And, for July, draft pints are just $1.50 from Monday to Friday.


Sat out FP the last two days for breakfast.  Good article in the Tribune about NIU's new coach (and former standout running back student) Thomas Hammock.  These guy bleeds Huskie red and black and we're hoping for great things from him.

Went to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, for gas which is at $2.80.  In Illinois, because of Gov. Toilet's doubling the gas tax, it is $3.  We went to Donovan's Reef (happy hour 24 oz. draft beer $1.75) where we have been going since the nineties and this is a place like Sunnyside, where everybody knows your name.  It has a Florida feel to it, complete with three tall palm trees (artificial of course) outside.  Afterwards to Sunnyside.


Music for the Great American Road Trip: "Lake Shore Drive"

All this month, Chicago's Drive, WDRV 97.1 FM (simulcast on 96.9 FM) is letting listeners tell them where to go on its long-running Ten At Ten show, where they play ten songs in a row without commercials and either about a specific year or a theme.

Today's show was the American Road Trip and was compiled by Shelby Dean of Berwyn, Illinois.  Sorry, Shelby, all I can think about is Svenghouli's "BERWYN!!!"

She started in Chicago, then to Louisiana, New York City, Georgia, California, back to Chicago, Winslow, Arizona, Philadelphia, Alabama and ended in Hollywood.  Before you read the song titles, see if you can guess the songs that took us there.

LAKE SHORE DRIVE--  Alliota, Haynes & Jeremiah

RAMBLIN' MAN--  Allman Brothers
TAKE IT EASY--  Eagles

SWEET HOME ALABAMA--  Lynyrd Skynyrd

My only problem with her ten was when she introduced the Eagles' "Take It Easy" and just said that people stayed in motels in Winslow, Arizona, and nothing about it being on ROUTE 66.  You'd think she would have since Route 66 went through her town of Berwyn (BERWYN!!!)   He was standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, right there on Route 66.  They even have a Standing On the Corner Route 66 Festival every year.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well, I'm Standing On The Corner In Winslow, Arizona."  Answer below.  --RoadCorner

"Take It Easy"

Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Week In the Life-- Part 3: Bear-Packer Rivalry and the Lodge


The next time the Bears and Packers played that season, Packer fans had their revenge.  We drove by the place and there were Packer flags and banners and green and gold all over the place.  They had taken over a Bears bar.  Well, I guess payback.

We didn't go to K.C.'s Cabin, though, this day.

After the Limerick, we walked across the street and through a beautiful little park which is maintained by the local garden society.  This is always a big treat for me as I am a big flower nut myself.  The park recently got a bent Indian tree sculpture.  Before whites came to the area, Indians would take young trees and start bending them so that they stayed that way.  These pointed the way for their trails.

Crossing the street is taking your life in your hands, even though cars are supposed to stop.  But they don't.  The Lodge was also called the Sequoit Lodge, named after a local Indian tribe as is the nickname of Antioch High School.  And, it is a thoroughly North Woods vibe in the paneling and decorations.  Their mascot is a moose.

They have breakfast/lunch entertainment Saturdays and Sundays, huge portions and fantastic breakfasts and is a great place to kick off the Antioch It's Thursday parties at the bandshell located behind the place.  As a matter of fact, we are going to one tonight with Johnny Russell and the Beach Bumz.  If you are into that Caribbean/Jimmy Buffett thing, this be the place for you.

Always A Good Time.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Week In the Life-- Part 2: Antioch's Limerick and Spring Grove's K.C.'s Cabin

We drove to downtown Antioch, Illinois, right on the Illinois/Wisconsin border and a downtown with plenty still happening.  A definite party place with several different wine, bourbon and beer walks as well as many restaurants, bars and small eclectic businesses as well as one of the prettiest little parks I've ever seen featuring a sculpture of an Indian direction tree.

First stop was at a bar named the Limerick which is paneled in wood both walls and ceiling.  This place is famous for its Bears-Packer parties where the place is divided into sections for each team.  Being in Illinois, the Bear fans have "control" of the bathrooms which makes for some interesting episodes.

An even more famous place for the Bear-Packer rivalry is about eight miles west of Antioch, at the intersection of Illinois Route 173 and Wilmot Road, named K.C.'s Cabin.  It is also on the Illinois/Wisconsin border and during game days draws fans from both teams.  About ten years ago, a bartender there named Beak, a big Packer fan, was giving the Bear fans a hard time as Da Bears were stinking up the place that game.  They warned him that if he didn't stop, he'd be taken out and duct taped to the stop sign.  He didn't stop, they did and there he was.

Cops stopped by to inquire how he got in that situation, he told them.  They asked if he wanted to make charges.  Beak said no and after he was extracted from his post on the stop sign, he went back inside and continued giving the Bear fans a hard time.

This story was picked up my the sports networks.

And, That Game Is Coming Up Real Soon.  --RoadBear

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A Week In the Life-- Part 1: Or Why We Tend To Hang Around Here in the Summer

Again, people ask Liz and myself why we don't go away much during the summer.  Why go anywhere and face all the hassle when you've got so much to do around here?  And that is even without a boat as we now find ourselves.   It is like we are at our own vacation spot.

Plus, I can have a perfectly good time by myself enjoying the front porch (FP), deck (OD- On Deck), Grand Strand (lower patio), Flats (upper patio), garage and arboretum.  And, of course, there is always my study upstairs and our bar, Margaritaville, downstairs and the Ultimate Jukebox.

To give you an idea of what we do, here is a run-down of last week:


Sat out FP for breakfast.  In the afternoon, we got together with Kevin and Kelly and went to Bon Voyage bar and grill in Antioch on Grasslake Road in the old Skanda House Restaurant and enjoyed $1 drafts and hey had their Chain Crawl passport book signed.

The Chain Crawl is an organized activity where boaters go to some 30 places on or near the Chain of lakes to get their passports signed.  There are lots of prizes at a big party at the end of the season.  Liz and I used to join it every year.  Lots of fun.

We decided to check out some bars in Antioch, Illinois.

Barhopping.  --RoadDog

Monday, August 5, 2019

Burlington-Lincoln Highway Marker in DeKalb

From the September 12, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Bacl."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

A photograph accompanies the article showing the Burlington-Lincoln Highway marker in DeKalb and said it was six-feet tall.  It was sitting in the street.

It was by Illinois Highway 23 and the Lincoln Highway intersection.

I din't know anything about the Burlington Highway.  Did it come from nearby Burlington, Illinois?

Wonder What Happened To the Marker?  --RoadDog

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Missouri Route 66's Show Me Route 66 Magazine

I belong to both the Missouri and the Illinois Route 66 Associations, my two favorite states for the Mother Road, followed by Oklahoma.

This past June, I paid for the next four years of Missouri membership while in Lebanon for their 66 Festival and recently received the summer edition of their quarterly magazine and this is a really good one, with articles about Illinois' Ariston Cafe in Litchfield for whom the Missouri Association worked to get the neon lights redone for the venerable building.

There was also an article on the endangered Lurvey Motel in Springfield, Missouri, with efforts to clean it up.  Neat looking motel now that you can see it.  Another article on one of my must-stops places in Rolla, the Totem Pole tourist trap.

Another on Ted Drewes in St, Louis which is celebrating its 90th year.  I'm looking forward to going back there once I end my boycott of St. Louis because of its removal of the Confederate statue in Forest Park.  Love those concretes.

Another article featured side trips to various Lewis and Clark sites around St. Louis and another was on the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  I'll still never forget my first sight of it back in 2002 when I stopped at the Missouri welcome center by the I-270 bridge over the Mississippi and asked where it was and was given the answer that it was behind me.  I hate when that happens.

This Was A Very Informative and Interesting Magazine.  --RoadSmarter

Friday, August 2, 2019

About Last Weekend-- Part 2: Civil War, My Favorite Store, Slider Fix, No Band, Sunnyside, Band


Drove to Crystal Lake, Illinois, where the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group was talking about turning points of the war.  I have a deep interest in this war (as my two blogs about it attest).  Afterwards I drove to nearby Algonquin to my favorite store these days (one of the few where I understand everything in it) Half-Price Books.  I bought a Civil War book and three CDs.

Then, to White Castle for my Slider fix.  We wish there was a White Castle nearer to us, but then we're glad there isn't.  Too much temptation, you know.

It got to be too late for the afternoon band at Choppers so ended up at Sunnyside Tap and a real good time with our jukebox karaoke.


Enjoyed the FP and the gazebo.  Listened to Rock and Roll Roots and recorded Breakfast With the Beatles. on my cassette tape.

We went to Stucky's in Johnsburg and had a good time with Jim Sieg and his band.  I had the premium bucket of bottles, 5 for $15).  Afterwards to Sunnyide.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadFun

Thursday, August 1, 2019

About Last Weekend-- Part 1: Brews, Sliders, Bars

Some say summers are for vacations.  I agree, unless you already live in a vacation spot as we do.


Few things finer than sitting out on the front porch (FP) and having breakfast, coffee, reading the newspaper, looking at the flowers and listening to the birds.  I do this most every morning during the summer and fall.

In the afternoon, we met friends at Bulldog Ale House in McHenry and enjoyed the $3 craft and import beer special.  Then went to the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) for their $1 version of sliders.  We were thinking of going to the Big Band concert in Veterans Park but decided not to.  Ended up at Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.


FP.  Met friends at the Fox Lake American Legion in the evening.


Things That Inspired the Movie "Cars"-- Part 1: Sally Inspired by Dawn Welch

The movie "Cars" hooked me on animated movies.  And, of course, the fact it was about Route 66 added to its impact.  I saw it three times when it was out.  Once at a drive-in movie theater.

The Route 66 News blog site on June 16, 2019 had a video called "Disney Pixar Cars -- Route 66:  Memory Lane" hosted by John Lasseter, the movie's director.

This was a great video which talked a lot about how the scenes and people of the movie came about.  Before making the movie, they took a ride along Route 66.

Give it a watch.

In the meantime here are some of the things from the movie:

Fillmore's place --  Galloway's Totem Pole Park

Rock Cafe --  Dawn Welch --  Sally

Arcadia Round Barn --  best party site

More.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Along 66, June 2019: Afton Station and Dixie Truckers Home

JUNE 14--  Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma, will be auctioned off on June 29.  Also, the remaining contents will go under the gavel.  The auction is at 10 a.m..

Laurel Kane, 69, ran it for nearly 15 years and died  in January 2016.  She commuted from Tulsa, a good little drive.  She also had a "Ramblings of a Route 66 Business" blog and estimated that they had 7,000 visitors a year, coming from 15 countries.

Her husband, David Kane, 74, died in August 2018.

Here's hoping that someone will buy it and continue its operation.  Afton, sadly enough, needs all the help they can get.

JUNE 16--   The grandchildren of the Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, Illinois, pay a visit.  Two grandchildren, Steve Jordan and Cathy Greeneberg were the two.

John and Viola Geske opened what is now called the Dixie Travel Plaza.  The original Dixie burned down on June 28, 1965.  Within 12 hours they were pumping gas and serving sandwiches again.

A Regular Stop for Us.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Along 66, June 2019: Talking Big Jack Rabbit

JUNE 13--  The Big Jack Rabbit  from the Jack Rabbit Trading Post near Joseph City, Arizona, has been restored. It is 34-years-old and new coat of paint has been put on the fiberglass structure.  Also repaired were the steps up to the saddle.

All this is to honor the 79th anniversary of the esteemed place.

It is an oft-photographed thing, second only to the "Here It Is" billboard.

James Taylor built the Jack Rabbit Trading Post on Route 66 in 1949.  Glen Blansett bought it in 1967 and passed it on to his son and daughter-in-law who sold it to their daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Tony Jaquer.

That Wascally Wabbit!!  --RoadRab

Monday, July 29, 2019

Along 66, June 2019: Save the Gasconade Bridge and Muffler Man Reunited With Arms and Axe

JUNE 11--  The Gasconade River Bridge Guardians issued an "urgent call to action."  The bridge is located near Hazelgren, Missouri.  According to the MoDOT the bridge is imminent danger of demolition unless a new owned can be found by the spring of 2020.

Hopefully, a new owner will be found as it is a beautiful bridge.  We were able to see it in June on the east bound lanes of I-44.  You can't see it west bound.

JUNE 12--  Restoration is complete on the muffler man lumberjack in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It lost its arms and axe at the May Cafe on Central Avenue which was Route 66.

Love Those Muffler Men.  --RoadDog

Friday, July 26, 2019

Along 66, June 2019: A Neon Sign Relit and 66 Passport

From Route 66 News blog site.

JUNE 9--  The historic neon sign at Fender's River Road Resort in Needles, California, has been relit.

JUNE 11-  The Mother Road Route 66 Passport is now available along Route 66.  This is from the folks who developed the Route 66 navigation app.  You can get 29 stamps and there are also pages for autographs and for you to write notes.

There are maps by Joyce Harbin Colego.  Jim Hinckley and Drew Brees also worked on it.

People always love those passport stamps and they are popular on the Illinois Route 66 Association Motor Tours.   Good idea.

Stamp Me.  --RoadStamp

In Honor of Man On the Moon, the Music of 1969-- Part 3: "Down On the Corner"

Who knows, perhaps you were listening to one of these very songs as Neil Armstrong made that historic step.

SEA OF JOY--  Blind Faith
EVIL WAYS--  Santana

I WANT YOU BACK--  Jackson 5
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE--  Plastic Ono Band

WHIPPING POST--  Allman Brothers
I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations
SPACE ODDITY--  David Bowie

RED HOUSE--  Jimi Hendrix
LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan
SALTY DOG--  Procul Harum

DOWN ON THE CORNER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
VENUS--  Shocking Blue

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Ground Control To Major Tom."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Space Oddity"

Thursday, July 25, 2019

In Honor of Man on the Moon, the Music of 1969-- Part 2: "That's The Way Love Is"

Besides the Moon, there was that little bitty concert show out in New York.


UNDONE--  Guess Who
LONG TIME GONE--  Crosby, Stills & Nash
MONKEY MAN--  Rolling Stones

VOLUNTEERS--  Jefferson Airplane

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "As I Was Walking Down The Street One Day."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is"

In Honor of Man on the Moon, the Music of 1969-- Part 1

In honor of those historic footsteps on July 20, 1969, Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM, devoted their whole Saturday Morning Flashback show to that year.  These were the songs we were listening to all those FIFTY years ago.

Richard Milne hosted the show.

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Sly & the Family Stone
BORN ON THE BAYOU--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
HOT SUMMER DAY--  It's A Beautiful Day

SPACE COWBOY--  Steve Miller Band

IT'S YOUR THING--  Isley Brothers
TOUCH ME--  Doors
OH WELL--  Fleetwood Mac

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "End Of Spring And Here She Comes Back, Hi, Hi, Hi. Hi."    Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Hot Fun In the Summertime"

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Listenin' to My Music on the Trip-- Part 1: Illinois

Cruising down the road I have to have my music which I get from either the free airwaves or CD.

Leaving home, we listened to WDRV's Ten at Ten, first on 96.9 FM, which we get in the northern part of Chicagoland and then on 97.1 FM for the rest of the area.

On June 10, when we left, Ten at Ten was to 1979:

SARA--  Fleetwood Mac

GOLD--  John Stewart

LOVE IS THE ANSWER--  England Dan and John Ford Coley

So we got taken back forty years at the start of the trip.

For the rest of Illinois, we listened to MeTV FM, 87.7, WJEZ FM out of Pontiac and WGCY out of Gibson City.

Cruisin' and Tunin'.  --RoadDog

Monday, July 22, 2019

Got My Food Craves On Our Trip to N.C.

I have certain places that are must-eat on my trips to North Carolina.  Here is a list of ones I ate at this month on our trip to the family reunion.

JULY 10--  Skyline Chili in Engelwood, Ohio

JULY 11--  Golden Corral in Burlington, N.C.

JULY  12--  Hardee's    (We don't have any around us.)

JULY  13--  McCall's BBQ at the family reunion

JULY  15--  Paul's Famous Hot Dogs in Rocky Point, N.C. and Britt's Donuts in Carolina Beach, N.C.  Lazy Pirate Carolina Beach.

JULY 16--  Hardee's in Carolina Beach, Britt's Donuts and Hoplite's in Carolina Beach

JULY 17--  Snappy Lunch (pork chop sandwiches) in Mt. Airy, N.C.  (Home of Andy Griffith)

Mighty Good Eating in the Neighborhood.  --RoadFood

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Back Home Again and the Party's Just Starting

Of course, living here in northeastern Illinois is really a why go anywhere else situation during the summer and fall months.  There is always something going on.  Bars often have bands, deejays and karaoke and then there are all those town events.

For example, this week we have Fiesta Days in McHenry and Antioch's annual Taste of Summer going on.    Sadly, they always both do it at the same time.  I sure wish they would do it on different weekends.

Today in McHenry, they have what is called Art in the Park with around one hundred crafters set up in Veterans Park.  But, most call it Drunk in the Park as all the bars in the area, and there are a lot of them, are selling $2 drafts (at one time it was 50 cent drafts) and there are bands on the street which is blocked  off.  And, you can carry the beer anywhere in the outside.

Tomorrow they have one of the largest parades in the area.

Antioch has lots of food offerings as well as bands today and tomorrow:  Rosie & the Rivets, Hair Band Night and Suburban Cowboys today.

Plus, Aging Teen Rock stars are playing at Choppers Bar and Grill west of Antioch on Illinois Highway 173.

Way Too Much To Do (In the Heat Today).  --RoadDog

Friday, July 19, 2019

Just Got Back from North Carolina

The reason there hasn't been any posts these last nine days is because we were on a trip to North Carolina for a family reunion.  This is the first one on my side of the family and organized by my sister Julie and cousin Debbie.

We left Wednesday, July 10 and drove 1,27.8 miles to Goldsboro, where we had the reunion on Saturday, July 13.  On Monday, July 15, Liz and I drove to Carolina Beach where we spent two days.

We left Wednesday, July 17 and got home yesterday afternoon.  In total, we drove 2,365.2 miles.

Love traveling, but even love getting back home more.

Good Being Home.  --RoadDog

Along 66, June 2019: Big Green Guy and "Chuggin' On Down 66" Song

JUNE 8--  The restoration of the Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad Restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois, has been completed.  Way to go BGG  (Big Green Guy).

JUNE 9--  "Chuggin' On Down 66" by Smiley Burnette was a song from 1954.  Near the end of the song he went through a list of Route 66 name-checks:  Chicago, St. Louis, Springfield, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Tucumcari, Albuquerque, Winslow, Flagstaff, Barstow and Los Angeles.

It was the "B" side of "Mucho Gusto."  It clocks in at 2:25 and is on a 78 rpm.

he is best known for his role as the the Hooterville Cannonball engineer Charlie Pratt on TV's "Petticoat Junction."

Where Uncle Joe Was Movin' Kind Of Slow, You Know.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Along 66, June 2019: A Neon Sign and A Visitors Center

These are taken from the Route 66 News blog.  That blog has many more posts and goes into much longer detail.  I just pick the ones of most interest to me.

JUNE 1--   The restored Fender's River Road Resort sign is to be relighted June 8 in Needles, California.

JUNE 7--  New Mexico has awarded $2 million for a Route 66 visitors center in Albuquerque.

You Can Never have Too Many Visitors Centers, Museums or Neon Signs In My Book.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Along 66, May 2019: Springfield, Illinois, Looking to Push Route 66

MAY  28--  Springfield, Illinois is seeking a better plan to take advantage of its Route 66 heritage.  Well, I'll start right off with the fact that they should never have let Bill Shea's go like that.  That was a huge loss.

Part of this improvement plan involves:

1.  Improvements along Peoria Road  (Route 66)

2.  Establishing a Living Legends program. Among them Ron Metzger of the Route 66 Motorheads Bar and Grill (we got to meet him this past June)  Jeff Fulgenzi of Fulgenzi's Pizza & Pasta and Michael Higgins of Maldancer's restaurant.

I would also include the people at Ace Sign Co. who have done so  much for Springfield's neon signs.

3. Develop an inventory of Springfield Route 66 assets, including a possible site for neon signs like the Sonrise Donuts one.

All For These Plans.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Along 66, May 2019: A Muffler man and a Mill Anniversary.

MAY 27--  A muffler man in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is to be restored of its lost arms and axe.  A windstorm blew them away five years ago.  It is on the city's east side and by a popular Vietnamese restaurant.

I always loves my muffler men.

MAY  30--  The Mill in Lincoln, Illinois, will mark its 90th anniversary June 7-9.  It opened in 1929 and has now been a museum for the last three years.  This celebration coincides with the Illinois Route 66 Association's annual motor tour.

The tour's Hall of Fame banquet will be held June 8 at the American Legion hall in Lincoln.

There are three passport stops in Lincoln at the World's Largest Covered Wagon, the restored Tropics neon sign, and, of course, The Mill.  There will be a talk by Dave Clark.


Along 66, May 2019: A Motel Done Gone and One Flattened By Tornado

MAY 24--  The closed Wishing Well Motor Inn in Springfield, Missouri, is slated for demolition.  It is deemed no longer habitable and a nuisance.

It is located at 3550 W. Chestnut Expressway.

I always hate to see an old motel torn down, but when they get that far gone it has to be done, but I hope they at least save the sign.

MAY 24--  The Budget Inn Motel on Route 66 in El Reno, Oklahoma, was flattened by a tornado.  At least a dozen trailers at a nearby trailer court were also destroyed.

Oklahoma 66, Tornado Alley.  --RoadDog

Along 66, May 2019: Own a Historic Bar and Help the Joliet Correctional Center

MAY 19--  Historic Chubby's Bar and Grille in Atlanta, Illinois, is for sale as the owners want to retire.  It is located at 111 Southeast Vine Street.  Asking price is $79,000.

It is located near the Palms Grill Cafe and the muffler man from Henry's Drive In in Cicero, Illinois.  (The one holding the hot dog.)  There is a great mural painted on the side of the building.

I have driven by the place many times and thought the mural was for a long-closed place, but evidently not so.  So, if you've always wanted to own a bar and restaurant, now's your chance.

MAY 21--  The Joliet Correctional Center needs $10 million to stabilize six key structures.

Hey, For Jake Blues.  --RoadDog

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Along 66, May 2019: Lowell Davis and Steak 'N Shake

MAY 15--  Lowell Davis' Fox Fore Farm near Carthage. Missouri, is up for sale.  This is not his Red Oak II.  He is a noted folk artist from Carthage.

We were lucky enough to be staying at the Boots Motel when he came over and put up his Welcome to Carthage folk art display by the Boots.  We met him and had a nice talk.  Another one of those special people who make our Mother Road so great.

MAY  18--  This is very alarming news to me.  Outlook grim for the Steak 'N Shake restaurant chain which was founded in 1934 by Gus Bell on Route 66 in Normal, Illinois.  They have 600 locations mostly in the Midwest.  Famous for their steakburgers and shakes.

The problem stems from operating loses. and customer traffic is down.  They also have low prices and lots of coupons.

One Springfield, Missouri, operator resisted efforts to remodel the look of his place built in 1962 and it is a real eye catcher now.

Sure Hope We Don't Lose Our Steak 'N Shakes.  (We Have One in Nearby McHenry, Illinois.)  --RoadDog

Friday, July 5, 2019

Along 66, May 2019: Trying to Save a Motel and the Gemini Giant

MAY 14--  Lurvey Court Motel in Springfield, Missouri, received a reprieve from the wrecking ball earlier this month and volunteers cleared brush from around the long-closed and endangered motel.

The volunteers hope that now that decision-makers can get a better look, perhaps they will allow it to stand.
The motel has been long-closed.

Of course, I'd like to see it saved, but only if a reuse can be found for it.

MAY  15--  The Launching Pad Drive-In  in Wilmington, Illinois, began restoration of the famed Gemini Giant statue.  The 28-foot tall muffler/astronaut guy is fifty years old and draws a lot of gawking.  Who needs a muffler if you can have a rocket?


Along 66, May 2019: A Springfield Chilli Place Bites It

MAY 13--  The original Dew Chili Parlor in Springfield, Illinois is to be auctioned off.  It is a regional chilli chain.  It opened in 1909, but there are three others in Springfield which will continue business.

The other Dew Chilli loactions are at 2312 Wabash Avenue (1926-1930 Route 66), 301 North Grand Avenue West and 2690 Dirksen Parkway.  I had never heard of this chain before, but will check one of them out the next time in town.

Like Cincinnati, Springfield is known as a "hotbed for chili."  Only, instead of Cincy Chili, in Springfield chili is spelled chilli with a double "L."

Springfield calls itself the "Chilli Capital of the World" because the good folks of Springfield eat more chilli per capita than anywhere else.

I have had Springfield Chilli from another place and was not overly impressed.  I found it to be adequate, but way too greasy.

I'll Give It Another Shot.  --RoadDog

Thursday, July 4, 2019

It's a Spring Grove 4th of July

Well I missed the parade.  Spring Grove closes off all roads up to six or seven miles from the parade route 30 minutes before the parade.  This is ridiculous to close all roads that and that far in advance.  I took a nap and woke up at 11:30 am.

Spent the day doing bush trimming and flower bed weeding and cutting down spent daisies.  Then went to Sunnyside and enjoyed sloppy joes and we had a real good time with the juke box.  Who needs no stinkin' karaoke?    Lots of singing.

Came home and just sat outside FP  (Front Porch) where I had my breakfast and lunch today while reading the Chicago Tribune.  Few things better in my mind than doing that.  One of my real fun things to do.

Sitting out there watching neighborhood fireworks and booms as well as big booms all over the place must have been a little like what the men at D-Day heard.  Wearing my U.S. eagle shirt and getting lots of compliments all day.  Also my USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) cap in honor of Mark's father who served on the ship during WW II.

Happy 4th of July.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Along 66, May 2019: Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Act and the Midwest Classics Museum

MAY 8--  The governor signed the Oklahoma Route 66 centennial legislation into law.  It is called the Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission Act.  This commission will "plan, coordinate and implement programs and special events in honor of the road's 100th birthday in 2026.

It sounds like every Route 66 state will have commissions and lots of good times on the Mother Road in seven years.

MAY  13--  The Midwest Classics in 66 car museum in Wilmington, Illinois, abruptly closed last week after being open less than a year.

Always hate it when something about 66 closes, especially a museum.

But the Road Goes On.  --RoadDog

All Those Neat Old Cars

From the Stucky's Bar and Grille, Johnsburg, Illinois, 2019 calendar "Days Gone By."

Every month has one of those neat old cars in a pretty scene.  A pleasure to look upon at any time.  Unfortunately, they don't give the location of where the photo was taken.

DECEMBER--  1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Bel Air

JANUARY--  1948  Mercury Convertible  in front of an old movie theater named State.

FEBRUARY--  1958 Ford Custom 300  in front of an old gas station.  Gas listed at 67.9 on Texaco pump

MARCH--  1957 Chevrolet Suburban in front of Shelton Inn and Blondie's Restaurant.  (Shelton, Washington)

APRIL--  1933 Cadillac LaSalle

MAY--  1956 Packard Executive  in front of Ashley's "Home of the .50 cent Burger   Roller Skate Service or Dine Inside.

JUNE--  1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille  with Mt. Ranier, Washington, in the distance.

Can't Wait to See the Rest of the Months.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A "Flivver" Accident in 1918

From the December 12, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Two flivvers, one coming from the north and the other from the south, met at the corner of Fourth street and due to the fact that neither machine was going at a fast rate but little damage was done.

"The drivers were each confidant that the other fellow was going to stop when reaching the post, but instead, both kept going and the two cars met head-on.  The fellows backed away, gave their cars the once over, laughed about the incident and were soon on their way again."


Monday, July 1, 2019

Along 66, May 2019: Illinois RnR and the Giant

These are taken from the Route 66 News site.

MAY 6--  The site has been announced for the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 in downtown Joliet.  It will be in a three-story building at 9 West Cass Street that dates back to the 1920s and it is near the Joliet Area History Museum.

Illinois is home to many famous bands, including Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Buddy Guy, Smashing Pumpkins and the Blues Brothers. (George Harrison of the Beatles also visited his sister in Benton.)  And, then there are all those great Chicago bands of the 1960s like the Crying Shames, New Colony Six, Shadows of Knight and Buckinghams.

You can never have too may museums.

MAY 7--  The Buck Atom Space Cowboy dedication will be in Tulsa on May 11.  He is a 21-foot fiberglass muffler man.  Mary Beth Babcock has converted a former gas station at 1347 E. 11th Street (Route 66).

More Giants, We Need More Giants.  --RoadDog

Twin Lakes, Main Street, 4th of July Parade, Donovan's, Yard Work and Sunnyside


FP (Front Porch) as usual.  We drove to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and had a brew at Main Street Tap and then watched the parade.  This is something we do most years.  Afterwards, we went to Touch of Class and then Donovan's.  Kind of a new record for us going there three straight days.

Came home and did real sweaty yardwork with 90 degree temps and no breeze.

Then, we went to Sunnyside Tap.


Brats at Sunnyside Tap and Jim Sieg and Stucky's Customer Appreciation Day.


Lake Geneva, a Fish Fry and Bars


This time of year, I enjoy having breakfast and coffee out on the FP (Front Porch).  very relaxing.  We had another rain, seems like every day we have rain.

Drove across the border into Wisconsin to Lake Geneva.  This is a big tourist area, mostly flatlanders from Illinois.  Parking was at a premium, though they "only charge" $2 an hour (as compared to Chicago's $10+ hour fees).

We had our favorite area fish fry at Popeye's (not the fried chicken chain) across from the beautiful Riviera Docks and Geneva Lake.  For $15 you get all the fried and broiled fish, potato pancakes, seasoned fries, hush puppies and cole slaw you want.  Even better, we had a $20 off coupon.

Then, we stopped at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and after that to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg, Illinois.


Friday, June 28, 2019

Now That Was One Really Good Weekend-- Part 3: A Day After Party 12 Days Later


Enjoyed listening to (and recording on cassette) Bob Stroud's annual Rock and Roll Roots Salute to Summer.  Three hours of songs guaranteed to get you into that special summer mode.  See this week's earlier posts for the songs.

Well, we're definitely hoping we get a summer and that the monsoon season eventually ends.  We're getting rain every day almost.

We went to Kevin and Kelly's place on Fox Lake for our usual Day After Party, only this time we were having it 12 days later.  We always had a End-of-the-School-Year Party when we were still teaching.  After our last one, Kevin and Kelly starting having their own (they are both teachers as well) and they carry on the tradition very well.

They had their end of the year party June 11, but then they had to leave the next day  for a wedding in Louisiana and we left for the Lebanon (Mo.) Route 66 Festival.  Fortunately, they have a refrigerator dedicated to keg storage (Kelly makes her own beer) so they stored the beer keg in there.

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to finish off that keg.  So, we sat out by the lake with several others,  snacked to our hearts' content, had Italian beef sandwiches and when it started to rain, we adjourned to their downstairs bar.

Mission COMPLETE!!!!   We finished off that keg.  Then had to scrounge for various bottles and cans of the stuff.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

One Really Good Weekend-- Part 2: The Civil War, CDs, Sliders and a Bar Crawl on a Hay Wagon


Drove to Crystal Lake, Illinois, for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group meeting at Panera Bread, this month's topic "The Union Navy at Vicksburg."   This Navy is my favorite aspect of the war.  I talked about Porter's run past  Vicksburg with his fleet and his attack on Port Gibson.

Afterwards, I went to two of my favorite places:  Half-Price Books and White Castle in Algonquin and took care of my book and CD needs as well as got my Slider fix.

Later in the afternoon, I went on the Sunnyside Tavern's bar crawl hay ride to places in Johnsburg.  Going bar to bar in a hay wagon is something I don't think I've ever done before.  We started with food at Sunnyside and then rode the hay wagon over to Stucky's and Raymond Bowl.  Then to Half-Times and then to Oak Park Lounge and Cabana's on Pistakee Lake.

Oak Park Lounge has been open since the 1890s and still looks about the same.  They had a fundraiser for the Johnsburg 4th of July fireworks which will be taking place there and had a pig roast and band.  We returned to Sunnyside and enjoyed a great soul band, Peter & the Versatiles.

Now, This Is How To Spend a Day.  --  RoadDog