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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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    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!
    1702 days ago
    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
    1703 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/23/2013 10:25:13 PM
    Thanks for posting!
    1703 days ago
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