Friday, February 23, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 6: Arrival at Elizabthtown, Kentucky


And, those trucks from hell kept up their scare tactics most of the way through Louisville.  Where are the cops you need them.

We got off for gas and finally were rid of those trucks.  We were out of the Louisville city limits we believe as I don't want to give this shamed city any business if I can help it.  But, as I said, at least we were rid of those horrible trucks.

Got back on and drove to Elizabethtown where we got off and got a room at the Motel 6.  When we're just traveling, we try to pay the least we can for a room, and this fit the bill.

We drove over to the nearby Lone Star Steakhouse.  All we wanted was a couple two three cocktails, but these stake houses serve drinks, but don't have a bar so we had to sit at a table.  Always hate to take up a table when we aren't going to order food at places. We split a shrimp appetizer, though.  And then, they had peanuts in the shell.  I REALLY like peanuts!

I Survived.  --RoadDog

An Accident on the Lincoln Highway in 1917

From the September 30, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"A Ford Car, occupied by four persons, blew off a tire, ran into a ditch and upset yesterday afternoon on the Lincoln Highway about two miles east of DeKalb

"None of the passengers was hurt.  The top of the flivver and one wheel were smashed.  The car was set upright, a new wheel adjusted and the party went on its way."


Pulling Out of the Quick Sands in Sycamore, 1917

From the August 9, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Workmen have begun operations on the stretch of state aid road between the Sycamore limits and the DeKalb township line out near the Claycomb place.

"The cement road from the city limits on each side of the of the street car tracks runs to where it turns into the side of the highway at which place it will follow the center of the highway.  This will carry ba very pleasant message to those who have traveled the quick sands or worse along the pike between Sycamore and the end of the state road at the township line."


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 5: The Shame of Louisville


You have to pay $2 to cross the I-65 Bridge into Louisville, $4 if you don't have E-Z Pass as you will be mailed the bill.  There are no booths to collect your toll either.

Louisville is on my no visit list because they were one of the first cities to take down their Confederate monument.  I've written a lot about it in my Saw the Elephant Civil War blog, where I refer to the city as (l)ouisville in lower case for its shame.  I also will do no more at present than drive through it if necessary, but otherwise will boycott any and all things dealing with it.

And, that's too bad because I really like the Hot Brown sandwich (maybe I can get one elsewhere) and have always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby.  Perhaps, though, at some time I will be able to forgive the city and University of Louisville (home of Rick Pitino) for their desecration at which time I will be able to visit.

As far as paying the toll, if I am sent the $4 bill, I am a lot more likely to tell them why I am not going to pay it and instead send my money (plus some) to Brandenburg, Kentucky, which stepped up, did the right thing and took the monument. have since put it up.

Some Things Just Aren't Right.  --RoadDog

New Island Off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

From the June 27, 2016, Yahoo! News.

This new island is called Shelly Island after all the shells that can be fond on it.  It is formed by the changing tides of the Atlantic Ocean right off the Cape Hatteras Point.

Two major Atlantic water currents converge in the area: the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current.

Shelly Island will either continue to grow or perhaps disappear.  Right now it is about a mile long and several hundred yards across.

Authorits warn, though, that it can be dangerous to go to it.

Something Else to See at Cape Hatteras.  --RoadDog

The Corner of Lincoln Highway and First Street in DeKalb, Illinois, Circa 1935

From the July 5, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

Picture of the corner of Lincoln Highway and First Street in DeKalb, Illinois.  It shows the Ward's store and the Standard Oil gas station circa 1935.

This was the gas station so many of the entries from the MidWeek that I have been doing in this blog this past year.

Today, the gas station is no longer there and it is a park.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 4: Indy Rush Hour and the "Trucks From Hell"


Took I-74 southeast from Illinois.

Leaving as late as we did, that guaranteed we'd hit Indianapolis during rush hour (that along with losing the hour when we entered Eastern Time).  Normally, going to North Carolina, I take I-70 through the city, but since we were going to I-65 to Louisville, we took the bypass, I-465, around Indianapolis.

Traffic was heavy, but only once did we slow down to 20 mph.  The rest of the way it was fast running.  I use the term fast-running, because all interstates by Indy are 55 mph or less.  You'd only drive at that speed with a death wish as you'd get run over.

Heavy traffic once on I-65 heading south for awhile and then it opened up.  We made good time.

However, from about twenty miles north of Louisville, our lives were endangered by the antics of between twenty and twenty-five trucks in some sort of a convoy and going way over the speed limit.  I mean WAY over the speed limit.  They were also driving in the left lanes which they weren't supposed to be doing.  Nothing like looking into your rear view mirror and seeing nothing but truck grill.  They were riding that close.  At times they were three across all lanes.

Sure wish there'd been a cop around.

I call them the "Trucks From Hell."

Scared, But Survived.  --RoadDog

About That Gas Station At the Corner of First and Lincoln Highway

From the July 5, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The Standard Oil Company fueling station at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway is in the hands of the finishers at this time, and the building will probably be ready for occupancy in the course of the next ten days."

Well, as we know, it still wasn't ready by January.  Building delays even back then?


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 3: Some More Great Illinois Travelin' Stations

Once out of range of WDRV, 97.1 FM and the Ten at Ten to 1979, we listened to METV FM 87.7, as far to the left as you can go on the dial.  They play music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Unfortunately, it is canned music, but the selection is great and they play a lot of songs we haven't heard on the radio for a long time and fairly often, songs from those eras that we don't know.  Fortunately, they run the names of the songs and singers across the radio dial in the car.  And, obviously, they every so often play theme songs from TV shows.  Great station.

When METV FM gets too weak at Yorkville, we tune over to WJEZ FM, 98.9, Classic Hits in Pontiac.  Then, we tune into WGCO, 106.3 FM in Gibson City which plays beautiful music and oldies.  I never thought I'd be listening to a beautiful music station AND ACTUALLY LIKING IT, but this one has me.

Once that station fades out, we get WKIO Classic Hits, 107.9 FM out of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  I'm listening to it right now over the internet and the last three songs are Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville," the Raspberries "Go All the Way" and "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream.

KIO was the name of my dorm floor back in my freshman year at Northern Illinois University, Keggers Independent Organization.  I wonder if the Champagn radio station has anything to do with KIO?

Groovin' Down the Road.  --RoadMusicDog

Unsafe Rail Crossings in 1942

From the July 5, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"The rail crossing leading into the yards of the factories between Fourth and Sixth Streets at Sixth Street is being repaired today.

"Of late it has become dangerous for cars of any description to use it.  Many of the the crossing spikes were forced out and were not safe for auto traffic."


Monday, February 19, 2018

A Growing Automobile Business in DeKalb in 1917

From the July 26, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Terry Redmond has been more than busy on account of the fact that he has been moving his office from his residence to Quinn's garage in DeKalb.  Terry says he will have two private telephone lines, of the same number, 197, two drivers at the office all night to take care of all night calls that chance to come his way.

"The downtown office will be of great help to the local hustler in his business and his many fiends about the city bespeak for him greater success."

A three number telephone line?

Growing Auto Business.  --RoadDog

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 2: Radio Tunes

As I mentioned in my last post, we listened to the radio a whole lot on our way to Panama City Beach.

Since we were somewhat late getting off on the first day of the trip, we were able to listen to Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten on Chicago's WDRV, first at 96.9 FM and then 97.1 FM as we got further south.  Always a favorite thing for me.

The year ten songs were chosen from was 1979.

COOL CHANGE--  Little River Band

WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE--  Cliff Richards
I NEED A LOVER--  John Mellancamp

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

Brought Back Some Memories.  --RoadDog

About That Gas Station at First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1917

From the May 3, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Work has commenced this morning on the erection of the new service station which the Standard Oil Company will install at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb next to the Chronicle building."

There was lots of coverage of the building of gas stations in the paper back in 1917 as the automobiles were well on their way to replacing horses as the main mode of transportation.

The Chronicle had a  lot of coverage on this particular building, which still wasn't finished as the year of 1918 dawned.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 1: Radioing Through Illinois

We just returned from Panama City Beach, Florida.

We found it...mostly.  But, anyway, even the quite cool mornings warmed up and overall, temps were mostly in the 60s.  During that time, back in Spring Grove, Illinois, averaged in the 20s most of the time, and with 12 inches of snow.

All-in-all, much nicer in PCB.


Went through e-mails, watered plants and packed for the trip.

We listened to the radio much of the way through Illinois.

Took our usual Chicago bypass, Illinois Highway 47 from Woodstock to Mahomet by I-74.

We got gas in Morris for $2.36 and stopped at the Burger King there which was recently remodeled.  They are the only Burger King we know of that still sells the tacos.  Their tacos are the closest to Jack-in-the-Box's and we really love those.  Always a stop for us in Litchfield, Illinois, when we're doing Route 66.  It is the closest Jack's that we know.    (We have found out that the Jack's restaurants in Alabama are not Jack-in-the-Box.)


The Case of the Purloined Cash Box in 1917

From the June 28, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"One of the conductors of the DeKalb-Sycamore street car line was on his way yesterday afternoon at three o'clock, ready to turn in for the day.  His strong box containing tickets and money was in the rear of the car as usual.

"At Sycamore, there was a crowd of youngsters taken on an outing at Electric Park.  When the youngsters left the car, one of them took the strong box along, and for a short time the conductor was a triffle worried.  He went to the park on the next car, and with the aid of the school ma'am recovered the property."

Juvenile Delinquents 100 Years Ago.  --RoadDog