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.
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
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.
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 geocaching.com
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.
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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