Day 3 – Illinois US 66

We woke up bright and early today to the most sunshine we have seen since we left home. We had a light breakfast and made a vehicle check, which included securing the brackets of the solar panel with Eternabond tape.

Heading out at about 9:30, we immediately ran into the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, which is an annual multi-municipal destination that runs about half the length of Rt 66 in Illinois.  Following our maps and guide books the rest of the way, we visited some of the most popular attractions such as:

  • The Gemini Giant, Wilmington
  • Polk-a-dot Drive- in, Braidwood
  • Two cell jail house, Gardner
  • Ambler-Becker Texaco, Dwight
  • Odell Station, Odell
  • Pontiac Automobile Museum, Pontiac
  • Murals on Main Street, Pontiac
  • Funks Grove Maple Syrup, Funks Grove
  • The Rail-splitter Covered Wagon, Lincoln
  • Shea’s Gas Station Museum, Springfield
  • Cozy Dog Drive-in, Springfield
  • Pink Elephant Antique Mall/Twisty Treat, Livingston

We had to skip the last handful of attractions because we ran out of daylight & rough roads & road closures forced us onto the main highway. We used Route 55 to get to the outskirts of St. Louis and will now be bedding down at the Pilot travel center in East St. Louis.

First, stop tomorrow will be the Gateway Arch and then we will resume our travels. See you then!

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