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Route 66 in Illinois

July 20, 2016

April 24, 2016.  No, we didn’t teletransport.  We stayed on Route 66 (now along I-44) through Kansas (just a tiny corner) and Missouri.  There’s not a lot of Route 66 itself left to see in Missouri.  But our route was along the northern edge of the Ozarks, and the scenery was lovely.  We stayed a night at a ‘campground’ (actually more like an RV park than many campgrounds, but along a river so still a nice place to stay) in Waynesville.

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A restored service station with some period trucks, near Litchfield, IL

April 25, 2016.  We stopped at the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, IL, according to the AAA documents believed to be the oldest Route 66 cafe still operating.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t still operating.  It was out of business and up for sale.  We also visited the very interesting Pontiac/Oakland Museum, in Pontiac, IL.

Route 66 continues eastward to downtown Chicago.  We didn’t.  Our main purp0se for coming here was to visit family living southwest of Chicago, and that’s what we did.

April 30, 2016.  Our original plan had been to head back by a northerly route.  But we’d been dodging cold winds and rain most of the way east.  To change our plan was easy – we’d head south, along the Great River Road!

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