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.


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

One Really Great Weekend-- Part 1: Eatin' Well in the Neighborhood

The biggest problem about leaving this area during the summer is that you miss so many things that happen.  This past weekend was an example.


I was out checking local stores for sales on garden plants, always a fun thing for me even if I really don't need anymore plants.  I can't help myself.

Then, we had the annual Spring Grove Fish Hatchery Fish Boil at Horse Fair Park.  Fitzgerald's in Genoa City, Wis., provides the Door County-style fish boil along with chicken and, for an extra $3, some of the best ribs you'll ever eat.  The cost came to $20 a ticket with money going to the fish hatchery which has been turned into a great park and catch-and-release fishing spot.

There was a really good band playing as well.

Then we went to the Fox Lake American Legion to meet up with friends and enjoy the 50-50 raffle.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadFish

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sizzling Summer Songs for That Road Trip-- Part 3: "Saturday In the Park"

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Sly & the Family Stone

SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful
SUMMER RAIN--  Johnny Rivers

SUMMERTIME--  Billy Stewart
C'MON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son


In the Mood for a Cruise Right Now, But I just got back.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Back Of My Neck Getting Dirty And Gritty."   Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Summer In the City"

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Along 66, May 2019: Launching Pad Grand Opening and Ariston Lights

These come from the Route 66 News blog site which has a lot more stories and extended coverage.  I just pick the ones of most interest to me.

MAY 4--  The Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois, had their grand reopening Friday, though they have been open for several weeks now.  Holly Barker and Tully Garrett bought the long-closed place in 2017.

They plan to get married under the Gemini Giant on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on July 21.

MAY 5--  At 8:10 p.m., the Ariston neon sign and window accent lights were flipped on.  The Ariston opened in Litchfield, Illinois, in 1935.

So glad to have both the Launching Pad and Ariston open again with determined owners.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Sizzling Summer Songs for That Road Trip-- Part 2: "Summertime Blues"

Nothing like rolling the window down, putting an arm out  the window, other hand on the wheel with songs blaring from the radio.  Here are some more summer songs for summer cruising.

RACING IN THE STREET--  Bruce Springsteen

BEACH BABY--  First Class

CRUISIN' MUSIC--  Raspberries
SUMMER BREEZE--  Isley Brothers


Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "She Feels Good, She Knows She's Looking Fine."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Good Day Sunshine"

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Here Are Some Sizzling Summer Songs to Kick It Off This Weekend-- Part 1: "Sidewalk Surfin' "

Summer.  A Perfect Time To Hit the Road.  (And, of course, you need your tunes.)

Even those this has been a lousy spring/summer so far.  Shoot, our furnace regularly kicks on every day until yesterday.  And then the rain or near-constant threat of rain for what seems to be every single day.

Even so, we are officially into summer now that we have passed June 21.  And that means, Bob Stroud used his Rock and Roll Roots program on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM to welcome it with nothing but three hours of summer songs.  It's a tradition.  And, for those of you who missed it, it is rebroadcast tonight from 7 to 10 p.m..  And it streams at

But, here are the songs he played to get you into the mood:

DANCING IN THE STREET--  Martha & the Vandellas
STREET FIGHTIN' MAN--  Rolling Stones

BUS STOP--  Hollies
HOT SUMMER DAY--  It's A Beautiful Day
SPILL THE WINE--  Eric Burdon & War

SUMMER SUN--  Jamestown Massacre
LITTLE HONDA--  Beach Boys

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "All That Summer We Enjoyed It Wind And Rain And Shine."   Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Bus Stop"

Saturday, June 22, 2019

This Blackhawk Fan Was Pulling for the Blues in Stanley Cup


We were shocked to see the parking lot at the Route 66 Hotel and Conference center in Springfield, Illinois, full, and when we went to get a room, found out they were all sold out.  We've never had a problem getting a room in Springfield before.  We heard that there was a big horse show and golf tournament going on.

We did get the last room at the Motel 6 just a bit south of Springfield on Toronto Road.  Then, we went to get our Cozy Dog fix and to Curve Inn to see the first part of the St. Louis Blues-Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship Game 7.  Watched the first period there, with several Blues fans.

We are both Chicago Blackhawk fans, but pulling for the Blues for several reasons:

 #1.  If the Hawks aren't in, pull for someone from the Midwest.

#2.  No one wants anyone from Boston or New England winning anything else.

#3.  The Blues had never won a Stanley Cup.

We saw the last two periods and Blues win at Motorheads on 66, a new bar and grill on Toronto Road in an old Stuckey's.  This place was jammed with Blues fans and everyone was really having a great time.

We Went Right Along.  --RoadDog

Friday, June 21, 2019

Just Got Back from Route 66 in the Ozarks

Liz and I returned home this past Wednesday from an eight day cruise of 1,100 miles through Illinois and Missouri.  The object was to attend  the Lebanon, Missouri, Route 66 Festival, and, of course, a 4-day stay at the Munger-Moss Motel and visit with Ramona Lehman.

We stayed in three historic motels:  Munger-Moss, Wagon Wheel in Cuba and the Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield.

Friday we had a block party on the east end of Lebanon with a classic car show at Munger-Moss and entertainment at Wrink's.  Saturday was the classic car parade (and Ramona was the grand marshal), a band and the dedication of the sole remaining tourist cabin from Camp Joy.

We also enjoyed partying at the Curve Inn, George Ranks and Motorheads in Springfield, the VFW and American Legion in Lebanon, Elbow Inn in Devil's Elbow and Rock Fair and East Office in Cuba.

We interacted with tourists from Germany, Japan and the Czech Republic.

Always a Great Time Out on Ol' 66.  --RoadDog

Along 66, April/May 2019: The Parkview and Ariston in Illinois

I get these news items from the Route 66 News blog site.  This has much more on each event that I write about as well as pictures and video.  Also, the site covers a lot more things on Route 66.  I just pick out the ones of most interest to me.

APRIL 30--  The Parkview Inn in Bloomington, Illinois, reopened May 1.  It has been completely rebuilt after a fire in 2016.

MAY 1--  The restored Ariston Cafe sign has been reinstalled in Litchfield, Illinois.  It is over the entrance and includes the name of the place and Budweiser.  It will be relit May 4.

Nick and Demi Adam owned the place from 1966 to 2018.  His father, Nick Adam, owned it for 42 years before that.

New owners are Will and Michelle Law and Marty and Kara Steffens.

It is located at 413 N. Old Rt. 66.

So glad to see the place up and running again.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Along 66, April 2019: Dedication of Massive Sculpture in Tulsa

APRIL 29--  The dedication of the massive  70 feet long and 30 feet high Route 66 Rising sculpture in Tulsa will be May 20.  It is really something to see and cost $650,000.

It will be attended by the grandchildren of Cyrus Avery, the "Father of Route 66" whose efforts led to the famous road.   The sculpture is located at Admiral Boulevard and Mingo Road.  The traffic circle here is on the site of Avery's motel.

This is an oft-overlooked alignment of Route 66 which also has Hank's Hamburgers.

Always Room for Another Sculpture.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Route 66 Roadies Heading to Lebanon, Missouri for 66 Festival This Weekend

From Lebanon 66 Organization.  Gary Sosniecki.

"Celebrating Cap Joy" is this year's theme as the sole remaining cabin has been restored and will be dedicated at Boswell Park.

This is the 12th annual festival since 2001.

Friday the party will be at Route 66 businesses on the east side of town and Saturday at Boswell Park, downtown.  All events are free and open to the public.

Camp Joy was one of Lebanon's first tourist courts, founded by the Spears family in 1927.

Friday, the celebration is called the Route 66 Block Party.  Festivities will be around Wrink's Market and the Munger-Moss Motel.  There will also be a cruise-in according to Munger-Moss Motel owner Ramona Lehman.   Phat Mike and the Bartenders will play.

Saturday there will be a parade and the Bucket Band from Kansas will perform.

Sounds Like A Lot of Fun.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Along 66, April 2019: Ozark Trail Obelisk Cleaned in Oklahoma

APRIL 28--  The Ozark Trail obelisk near Stroud, Oklahoma, has been cleaned of graffiti.  It marks a crossroad and was painted over.

The Ozark Trail went from St. Louis to El Paso, Texas, or Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was used from 1913 to 1925.  Much of it became Route 66.

There are four obelisks in Texas:  Tulia, Tampico, Dimitt and Wellington..  Also Langston, Oklahoma and Lake Arthur in New Mexico,


Along 66, April 2019: The Jack Rabbit and the Mill

These articles are taken from the Route 66 News site which has many more articles and goes into greater detail.  I just pick the ones of most interest to me.

APRIL 27--  The Jack Rabbit Trading Post will host its 70th birthday in July.

A Route 66 classic tourist trap with all the trappings.

APRIL 27--  Volunteers replaced the broken blade on The Mill in Lincoln, Illinois.  It had come down during high winds back in December.  The Mill opened in 1929 and has been a museum for the last several years.

When we first saw it back in 2002, it was looking very bad.  So happy it was saved.


40th Anniversary Summer '79 and Another Band


Concluding a busy weekend.

This morning Bob Stroud had the first part of his annual salute to a summer 40 years ago.  This one being 1979.  I always look forward to this, the first Sunday of June, July, August and September.  He played music on your radio or record collection on June 2, 1979. I have the complete list in this month's Down Da Road I Go blog, but here are some of the songs he played:

WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES--  Doobie Brothers

SULTANS OF SWING--  Dire Straits
FIRE--  Pointer Sisters

We went to Stucky's and met up with Glenn and Barb and sat out on the deck and enjoyed Force of Nature, which includes Uncle Will.

Great Time This Weekend.  --RoadDog

Monday, June 10, 2019

Another Legion, a Band and a Storm This Weekend


This ended up as quite a busy day.

We left from the McHenry American Legion and drove over to the Fox Lake American Legion where they were having their monthly afternoon entertainment that they have every first Saturday in conjunction with POWW Wrestling.

One of our favorite entertainers, Joe Kadlec, was playing and he puts on a great show with lots of interaction with the crowd.  While we were there, a huge storm rolled in and visibility on Nippersink Lake dropped to zero for a short time.  The $1.75 domestic pints didn't hurt a bit, either.


Tastes, Bars, Legions and Bands This Weekend-- Part 3: June 1st


Glenn and Barb had never been to the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), one of our favorite places in McHenry, so we went over there.  Boy, their Polish sausage and cabbage rolls for $2 sure were tempting, but there was, sadly, just no room for any more food between Liz and myself.

The PLAV had a fire several years ago (we were there when it started) and the place has since been rebuilt.  Always friendly folks there.  Glenn and  Barb will be back.

Our next, and last stop was at the McHenry American Legion, on Riverside Drive.  The place is usually closed and in near danger of going under.  The last time it was really used was when the PLAV was being rebuilt and they used the American Legion building in the meantime.

However, now, a new group is trying to get the Legion going again and will have it now open to the public and have the video gambling machines.  Here's hoping they'll do well.  Shoot, the way our Legion is doing in Fox Lake, I might have to transfer my SAL membership to McHenry.


Tastes, Bars, Beer and Bands This Weekend-- Part 2

I was writing about this before I stopped to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.


We met Barb and Glenn at Corkscrew Pointe on Riverside Drive which gets its name because it is beside the Fox River.    They always have $2 domestic pints and Liz and I ordered their offering for the McHenry's Taste of Summer, Mini Italian subs and Mini Italian beef sandwiches.  Well, neither one of them qualified as mini.  They were big.  Thank goodness we only got one apiece to split, but even then, we were kind of full when we left which had a serious impact on how much we were able to sample at other places.

But, what a deal for $2 each and they were high quality.  We even had green peppers and cheese for the Italian beef.

Next stop was the Foxhole Tap & Pizzeria in an old 1880s hotel at the corner of Riverside Drive and Illinois Route 120, right by the bridge.  This meant that we passed up goodies at Bimbo's and Little Chef Restaurant.

But, we were up for the Foxhole offerings and Liz and I split one each of BLT pizza slices, Bruschetta, BBQ riblets and Summer Sangria.

By the time we left there, there just was no more room for any other "tastes."

Way Too Full.  --Roadloggedtoofull

Sunday, June 9, 2019

14 Facts About D-Day That Most People Don't Know-- Part 2

There is more information and pictures in the Newsweek article.

8.  Omaha Beach could have been worse.  (Very interesting article here.)

9.   The theater of battle was fifty miles wide.

10.  A dress rehearsal for D-Day was a complete disaster.

11.  Ike was frequently overcome with emotion when speaking about D-Day.

12.  Atrocities were widespread on both sides on D-Day.

13.  D-Day was followed by a two-month stalemate.

14.  "Star Trek's" original "Scotty" was wounded that day.   Canadian James Doohan.

Interesting reading as well.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

14 Facts About D-Day That Most People Don't Know-- Part 1

From the New York Daily News

1.  The Allies were greatly helped by Hitler sleeping in.

2.  The weather forecast played a decisive role in D-Day's success.

3.  Overall German commander Irvin Rommel was at home in Germany celebrating his wife's birthday.

4.  Secret code words from the invasion mysteriously appeared in a crossword puzzle in advance of the invasion.

5.  Ted Roosevelt, Jr. was the only general in the initial wave.  (Son of former President Roosevelt)

6.  Two medics risked their lives to heroically provide care.

7.  Faced with the impossible, Rangers at Pointe-Du-Hoc were the first to complete their mission on D-Day.

75 Years Ago, D-Day: A Turning Point in the War


The total Allied losses at Normandy were estimated to be at least 4,413, and total Allied deaths  in the Battle of Normandy,  which dragged on until August , topped 226,000.

But, thanks in part  to the massive influx of troops and equipment, D-Day marked a decisive turning point  in the war.  Less than a year later, on May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender.

You can read all fifteen facts in this blog and my June 6-8 Civil War and Civil War Navy blogs.

Friday, June 7, 2019

75 Years Ago, D-Day: 156,000 Stormed the Beaches


In wave after wave of  thousands of landing ships, more than 156,00 Allied  infantrymen stormed five beaches.  Facing them were 50,000 Germans.  Stormy seas made the landings incredibly difficult, with many regiments coming ashore far from their target destinations.

At Omaha Beach, only two of  the amphibious tanks even made it to land on their own power (three were later transported to the beach).  At Utah Beach, the American troops included 14 Comanche "Code-talkers" who relayed critical tactical messages  in their Native American tongue.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

75 Years Ago, D-Day: The Early Paratrooper Attack


The D-Day invasion began in the pre-dawn hours of June 6, when thousands of paratroopers began landing inland from Utah and Sword beaches in an attempt to cut off exits and destroy bridges to delay German reinforcements.

American paratroopers suffered high casualties at the Utah beach sites, some drowning from their heavy equipment in flooded marshland.  Others were killed on their way down.  The British and Canadian paratroopers met less resistance at Sword beach and quickly took two bridges.

75 Years Ago, D-Day: Weather Was a Key Factor


Troops and supplies were in place by May, but bad weather delayed the launch date of the invasion.  On June 5, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in charge of Operation Overlord, decided that the invasion would take place the next day, in part because the  weather was still rough and the German planes were grounded.

That same day, British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German defenses along the Normandy coast to cripple their defenses before the invasion.

75 Years Ago: D-Day, Operation Overlord

I will be writing about this event in all my blogs over the next three posts.

From the History site:"D-Day:  Facts on the epic 1944 invasion that changed the course of WW II" by Dave Roos.


Allied leaders Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill knew from the start of the war that a massive invasion of mainland Europe would be critical to relieve pressure on the Soviet Army fighting the Germans on the Eastern Front.

It was initially called "Operation Sledgehammer" called for an Allied invasion of ports in northwest France as early as 1943, but Roosevelt and Churchill decided to invade North Africa first and then invade Europe through Italy.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Tastes, Beer, Dog 'N Suds, Bands This Weekend-- Part 1

Half way decent weather for a change.


Went to our dentist in Round Lake Beach and drove around the old neighborhood.  We lived in RLB from 1975 to 1992.    It is sad to see how bad our old house looks these days.

We ate lunch at one of the last remaining Dog 'N Suds in Ingleside.  We had the special, two Charcoburgers for $3 and washed it down with a mug of frosty root beer.  Now that is old school as it was delivered by the car hop.


I was able to do yard work for a change and made quite the dent on limbs from the mountain ash, apple tree and Bradford pear.  Unfortunately, I lost my wrist watch during it and will have to buy a new one as I am getting tired of looking at my wrist.

Ate dinner at Brit's Street in Spring Grove, Illinois, and met Barb and Glen at Half-Times in Johnsburg and sat out on their deck overlooking the volley ball nets.  Is it possible that summer has arrived?


Met Glenn and Barb again, this time at Corkscrew Pointe in McHenry Illinois  for the annual Taste of Summer.  Twenty bars and restaurants on Riverside Drive (by the Fox River) and along Green Street have sample offerings between $1 and $3.

This is always a major party.

Food and Beer, How Do You Go Wrong With That?--  RoadDog

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Bring Your Appetite and Drinking Shoes: 2019 McHenry (Illinois) Taste of Summer Is Today

Last night we got together with some friends who told us about this annual event taking place today.  I am sure glad they told us as this is one event I always like to attend.  I didn't know it was today.

What it is is twenty places downtown that all offer different "tastes" for $1 to $2.  We have never made it through all twenty, usually about eight and only if we split each offering.

Some examples:

FOXHOLE:  BLT slices, Bruschetta, BBQ Riblets, Summer Sangria

BIMBO'S:  Country Rigatoni and Moscow Mules

LITTLE CHEF:  Homemade Chicken Salad Mini Croissant, Biscuits & Gravy, Homemade Mac & Cheese

CORKSCREW POINTE:  Mini Italian Subs and Italian Beef Sandwiches

AFTER THE FOX:  Mini Shrimp Cocktail

POLISH LEGION:  Polish Sausage and Cabbage Rolls

Mighty Good Eatin' and Fun.  --RoadFeast

Along 66, April 2019: Vacuum Cleaners and Oldest

APRIL 24--  The Vacuum Cleaner Museum in St. James, Missouri, is going to close this Friday because of lack of attendance.  They have a vast collection of vacuum cleaners dating from the early 1900s.  The collection was started by Tom Gasko.  Reckon I am part of the problem as I didn't visit it.


APRIL  26--  Casper's Diner in Springfield, Missouri is not exactly on Route 66 but claims to be the oldest operating p[lace on Route 66.  It is 110 years old and on 601 W. Walnut Street.

Ron Warnick says Ike's Chili in Tulsa opened in 1908. It is cluttered and has a top-secret chili recipe. Sycamore Inn, Rancho Cucamonga (always love that name), California is on Foothill Boulevard (Route 66) and has been open since 1848.

I'll have to check out Casper's and Ike's.


Along 66, April 2019: Welcome Launching Pad and An Old Motel Seen Better Days

APRIL 22--  The Launching Pad Drive-In's grand reopening weekend is set for May 3 which coincides with the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival.  It is located in Wilmington (featuring, of course, the Gemini Giant).  The Red Carpet Corridor festival runs through the towns of Joliet south to Towanda, right outside Bloomington-Normal.

New owners are Tully Garrett and Holly Barker.  I get the idea that they may feature Carolina 'cue.  That would be REALLY GREAT!!

APRIL 23--  Lurvey Courts Motel in Springfield, Missouri may be demolished soon.  It has long been vacant and is covered in graffiti.  Actually, quite an eyesore where you can see it (much is covered with overgrowth.


Friday, May 31, 2019

Along 66, April 2019: Roy Rogers and Soda Pop

From Ron Warnick's Route 66 News.  I just pick out items he writes about that are of most interest to me.  He has a lot more stories, information and pictures.

APRIL 19--  Roy Rogers' Ranch in Victorville put up for sale.  It is just off Route 66 in Victorville, California., The Double R Bar ranch.  Wonder where he got the Double R?

Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans owned three homes along the Mojave River, a few hours outside of Las Vegas.

I was a big Roy Rogers fan back in my much, much younger days.

APRIL 21--  Route 66 Soda adds to the 300 flavors of soda already offered at the Fanning 88 Outpost west of Cuba, Missouri.  Fanning Outpost is now a mini version of Pops near Arcadia, Oklahoma, which has 500 varieties of soda.

I am so happy Fanning Outpost reopened.

It's Giant Rocking Chair Versus Giant Soda Bottle, You Know.  --RoadDog

Thursday, May 30, 2019

2017 Indy 500-- Part 29: Meanwhile, Back at the Legion Bar and Out On Georgetown Road

SATURDAY, MAY 27   And Nary a "Woooooo" was heard.

Back to the Legion and met Sue, Paul and John at the bar.  The place was just about standing room only and a whole lot of people enjoying themselves and with a really good band, Mississippi Raglips & River Dogs.   Every so often, someone would let loose a "Wooooo!" and inevitably, they would be a lot of responding "Woooos!"

We went out to Georgetown Road, which gets closed to vehicle traffic at night and become a huge promenade for all sorts of strange people and other celebrants to walk up and down it in front on the Speedway.  Lots and lots of drinking going on there as well.

We are glad not to have a parking space right by it as we did one year as many "lightly" tapped on the RV after we had turned in for the night.  Sue was definitely not a happy camper that night.

As usual, there was a lot of police presence, both walking amid the people and riding in all-terrain vehicles.  The walkers were peaceful, but many, as I said, were a bit odd.  And, quite often, "Woooo!" would be heard.

It Was A Woo Thing, You Wouldn't Understand.   --RoadDog

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Greatest Salute to the American Military, Indy 500-- Part 2

Then, the Indy 500 begins its salute to the American military.

12:09 pm:  Military March
12::13:  "America the Beautiful"
12:16:  Military speech delivered by General Michael Xavier Garrett, Commanding General United States Army Forces Command.

12:20:  Presentation of Colors
12:22:  "Taps"
12:23:  "God Bless America"  by Chevel Shepherd  (Flyover by four Army helicopters)

12:26:  "National Anthem" performed by Kelly Clarkson
12:28:  Flyover to be piloted by Air Force Heritage Flight  (Consisted of a P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, A-10 Warthog and F-16.)

12:36:  "Back Home Again in Indiana"  Performed by Jim Cornelison.

12:38:  "Lady and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!"
12:45:  103rd  Running of the Indianapolis 500

And the Race Was On.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Greatest Salute to the American Military, the Indy 500-- Part 1

The reason why I did not post the last five days was that I was there, right across Georgetown Road which runs by the racetrack.  Not only is this "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," but it has to be the  greatest salute to the honor of the U.S. military, both living and dead and especially those who gave their lives serving, for Memorial Day.

Here is a list of what happened before the race:

8 am:  Parade of Marching Bands
8:45:  Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks
9:30:  Celebrity Red Carpet

10:30:  "On the Banks of the Wabash"  performed by the Purdue Marching Band
10:53:  Delivery of the Green Flag
11:00:  Past Indy 500 winners laps

11:20:  Historic Race car laps
11:26:  Marion Andretti car laps.
11:43:  "God Bless the USA"

12:01:  Driver introductions

Then, we begin the salute to the military.