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Rt. 66; Beyond Bloomington, IL

Monday, August 12, 2013

I've been busy the last few weeks so haven't had a chance to update my virtual walk, although I've been getting quite a few steps in. Today I decided to make time to update my progress. There's no doubt I've left the urban jungle behind me. I've made my way through places like Funks Grove, Shirley, McLean to name just a few. It's so nice to be able to share photos of Rt. 66 and the places on it while taking this virtual walk. It certainly makes it much more fun to see what's around the next bend in the road or what gem may be found at the next town. The Old Country Store and Shirley Railroad Depot can be found in Funks Grove.

Oh and if you have time, stop for some maple sirup, yes I spelled it with an i.

Heading south you come to Atlanta, IL, a must see for any Rt. 66 roadie. There a quite a few sights you don't want to miss in this little town. Check out the giant holding the hot dog.

Ending my walk in Broadwell, IL, home of the Pig Hip Restaurant. The Pig Hip Restaurant operated as a restaurant from 1937 till 1991 with Ernie Edwards as the creator of the Pig Hip sandwich.

As the restaurant closed, it reopened as a museum till it burned down in march 2007. All that's left now is a plaque at the site.

So this walk is over for now. I've traveled 176 miles and have a long, long way to go.

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IMLOCOLINDA 8/21/2013 7:31AM

    How could you not mention Normal, IL????? I was working for the railroad in Cicero, IL and my friend applied for a job in Galesburg. We laughed about getting a place in Normal so we could say we lived in Normal and vacationed in Peculiar, Missouri! You're doing great. I still haven't put in the time to start at the LA end so we could meet although I am racking up some miles of my own!!
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GINAC0 8/12/2013 10:57PM

    Very cool! Is there a website you found for this or can it be done through SparkPeople? I'd love to do my own!

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Rt. 66; Almost to Normal/Bloomington IL

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I left Chenoa last week walking SW to Norma, IL. The Graham and Bennion Elevator, better known as the Ballard Grain Elevator, was located in what used to be Ballard, 4 miles south of Chenoa on the southeast side of the old road. It was demolished on Jan 20th, 2006. The structure was 80 foot tall.
Continuing my walk I enter Towanda, IL. Here there is an interesting tidbit about a location called Dead Man's Curve.
A dangerous curve on Route 66 that got a nickname that stuck. The main problem was inappropriate speed of drivers that misjudged the sharpness of the curve and the limited width (18 feet) for 2-way traffic.
This is pretty close to my stopping off point for this week, so I'll end here. For the week I walked another 18.8 miles for a total of 123.5

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IMLOCOLINDA 7/24/2013 2:56PM

    I used to live in Bolingbrook. My best pal and I had a joke about "Normal" as she had applied for a job in Galesburg and we had been lost in Peculiar, MO the year before and so I said, Let's buy a place together in Normal so we can live in Normal and vacation in Peculiar!
I am so impressed by your trip. I am such a slouch as I keep meaning to get started at the CA end of this trip. I drove it and it was amazing. Keep going and posting. Yours is a great success!

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AUTUMNHOPE 7/23/2013 10:24PM

    emoticon on miles walked !

thanks for posting the pics & info . Very interesting.

I see you are doing great on your weight loss ! emoticon

I like the Duke, Bogart & Grant, too emoticon

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DARLENEW58 7/23/2013 9:59PM

  Thanks for posting!

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Rt. 66 Progress, Chenoa, IL

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Made it another 20 or so miles going SW on Rt. 66 to Chenoa, IL. Not a lot to see around here. My stopping point puts me between a pretty park and a field on the other side of the road. So far I've traveled about 124 miles from the start, so I only have about 2320 miles left to go. Better start walking.

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NHES220 7/16/2013 9:24PM

    As I recall there is not much in Chenoa. I used to pass the signs for it on my way from Chicago to Springfield and I think it was one of the exits that posted "no services". LOL.

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Geocaching Trip

Monday, July 15, 2013

Just spent the last 3 days geocaching in and around Clovis, NM with a friend. We had a great time. For those of you who have no idea what geocaching is, it is best described as a high tech treasure hunt using a gps device. There are no prizes involved, just the motivation to get out and walk, hike and get to areas you've never been to before. If you're interested the best way to find out about geocaching is at

Anyway, we decided to take a trip to Clovis since someone had put out a series of caches for all the Territorial and State Governors. It was a blast solving all the puzzles over winter and now we were able to get to Clovis to look for the geocaches. What a history lesson I got. We spent a lot of time driving and a lot of time walking, but that's what's fun. Also found several geocaches in out of the way and lonely spots that were very old. One cemetery had hand chisled headstones dating back to the 1800's. Came across some beautiful views on the way back to Albuquerque. Check out the pictures. We had no idea what view awaited us when we opted on a lonely highway, but it made the trip. The pictures don't really do the view justice since you can't really see how vast the area is. My friend and I just soaked up the view and enjoyed the sound of the wind and smell of pine. Didn't have a single car come by to spoil it. This is obviously not a highly traveled road and we were glad to have it to ourselves. Glad to see some green out here in the desert, it's been a long time between rains.

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SKILPAT1 7/16/2013 12:39AM

    My sister in law and I have gone geocaching - that is one of her favorite things to do. I hadn't heard of it until she asked me to go with her last year. I'm glad you had such a great time - it is amazing all the great places you find while you are hunting for caches.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 7/15/2013 11:43PM

    I am going to have to investigate this. Sounds fun.

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PJBONARRIGO 7/15/2013 11:31PM

    It sounds like you had a great time! emoticon

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Rt. 66; South of Pontiac, IL

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Covered almost 21 miles this week on Rt. 66 and find the walk to be more interesting as I go along. So far I've traveled a little over 100 miles and am in some real farm country now. Lots of corn fields. It's pretty neat to look at pictures on Google Earth and read the history as you travel through the towns. I will post tidbits of history that seem note worthy. Some items of note in Pontiac, IL: An old bridge was preserved by the Illinois Route 66 Association. The bridge features an old painted sign designating it as part of IL-4 as well. Site: The old police headquarters, built in 1941, was located just south of Pontiac. The remarkable thing about the building is it's shape: a pistol. How appropriate is that!

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IMLOCOLINDA 7/8/2013 8:15AM

    Great info. Loved the pistol shaped police headquarters. Might try to find a picture of it later today. I'm off to move a whole flower bed from my back fence so I can pull out the fence so the tree guy can get in with his big truck on Wednesday and cut down 5 old scary trees before they fall down! Keep walking.

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DMEYER4 7/7/2013 9:39PM

  thanks for sharing

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