Today we drove 229 miles from St. Robert, Missouri to Miami, Oklahoma. We ended up staying at The Hamptons by Hilton. We saw the following sights today:
- Hooker Cut, Devils Elbow. Hooker Cut is the first dual carriageway on Route 66.
- Elbow Inn and BBQ, Devils Elbow
- Sheldons Market, Devils Elbow
- Frog Rock, Waynesville
- Uranus Fudge Factory, St. Robert
- Gascozark Café Remains, Gascozark
- Munger Moss Motel, Lebanon
- Starlite Lanes, Lebanon
- Town of Marshfield
- Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, Springfield
- Rest Haven Court, Springfield
- Steak n Shake, Springfield
- Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield
- Sky Eleven Springfield. This high rise was built in 1911. It was an office building that started falling apart in the early 2000’s. They restored it recently and turned it into some very swanky apartment buildings. Monthly rent is only around $600/mth.
- Rock Fountain Court Motel, Springfield
- Gay Parita Station, Everton
- Spencers Gas Station, Miller
- Boots Court Motel, Carthage
- 66 Drive In Theatre, Carthage
- Superman Museum, Carterville
- 1920’s Service Station, Webb City
- 1950’s Service Station, Webb City
- Plaza Motel, Joplin
- Cars on Route 66, Galena
- Town of Galena
- Baxter Springs Rainbow Bridge, Baxter Springs
- Town of Baxter Springs
- Dairy King, Commerce
- Allens Conoco, Commerce
- Kuku, Miami. We ate here. We both had a cheeseburger with a raspberry milkshake that was so thick you couldn’t drink it through a straw.
- Coleman Theatre, Miami
- Vintage Gas Station, Miami
Today was the start of my trip with my father to the USA to start our Route 66 journey from Chicago to Las Vegas. I woke up at 3:40am. I had difficulty going to sleep early last night so I was fairly groggy this morning. I made some tea, as I didn’t have enough time to make coffee. I had a quick shower, and finished packing the last few items that I needed to pack. My father came to pick me up at 4:00am.
When we arrived at the airport we checked our bags, as we were on a smaller airplane (Embraer ERJ-175) and they typically can barely fit a roller bag unless they are a smaller one. We went through security, which in both of our opinions is poorly setup in the new international terminal. If you’re Global NEXUS or TSA Pre-Check you still get funneled into the regular lineup’s so it creates a fair amount of inefficiencies. On top of that you still have to take off your shoes, and take out all of your electronics. Most of the other airports I’ve been through don’t require you to do this if you’re either Global NEXUS or TSA Pre-Check.
We had breakfast at Wolfgang Puck. I had a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and coffee, which was delicious. We boarded our flight, which took about 3.5 hours to get to Chicago. The flight was moderately choppy for the first half but ended up smoothing out for the later half.
Upon arriving in Chicago we picked up our car, a Cadillac XTS. It’s an extremely comfortable ride and quite luxurious. Today we ended up driving from Chicago, Illinois to Dwight, Illinois; a distance of about 120 miles. Getting out of Chicago was rather slow going because traffic was bumper to bumper. Chicago is plagued by gridlock.
The sights we saw today was the following.
- Route 66 Beginning Sign, Chicago
- Berghoff Restaurant, Chicago
- Lou Michells Restaurant, Chicago
- Lulu’s Hot Dogs, Chicago. We ate here. I had a Chili Cheese Dog. My Father had a Hot Dog.
- Castle Car Wash, Chicago
- Cyndy Lyn Motel, Chicago
- Henry’s Drive In, Cicero
- Suffy’s, Mc Cook
- Dell Rheas Chicken Basket, Willowbrook
- White Fence Farm Restaurant & Petting Zoo, Romeoville
- Isle a La Cache Museum, Romeoville. It was closed but there was a nice park here.
- Route 66 Park, Joliet. There was an Ice Cream shop & Dick’s Towing.
- Route 66 Visitor Centre, Joliet. The museum was closed when we arrive.
- Rialto Square Theatre, Joilet
- Gemini Giant, Wilminton
- Mar Theatre, Wilminton
- Polk-A-Dot Drive In, Braidwood. There was a lot of life-sized fiberglass statues.
- Two-Cell Jail, Gardner
- Riviera Restaurant, Garner
- Old Route 66 Restaurant, Dwight. We ate here. I had a Rueben Sandwich. My Father had a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.