11/27/2020: Chicago, IL: Getting my kicks on Route 66
The Day After Thanksgiving: It was great to be back on the road again and I drove downtown to Adams and Michigan to start my second journey, traveling on Route 66 to Arizona. I just turned 66 last month and decided to take advantage of this great drive experience to my next workamping job. I took a few snaps and started down this historic road. Little did I know what lay ahead…
The first stop was a hotel stay in Westmont/Oak Brook at Extended Stay America. I thought I was going to sleep in a nice place, but it was dinghy though clean, and some unsavoury characters were smoking just outside the door. Of course I had to make a comment, and got into a bit of a discussion. Moving on… The next day I visited my former boss, Tom Hope, PhD. I worked as his assistant for 4 1/2 years at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and wanted to stop by to say hi before I left. It was great to see him and he updated me on the coronavirus situation, lab goings on and family stuff. Sadly, his dad passed away from COVID back in September. He loved the van and mentioned that it would be the kind he and his wife would love to travel in.
From Oak Brook I drove to Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook and had the best chicken tenders ever! I also had to try the fried mac & cheese balls that were bathed in cheese sauce. YUM! Onward to Pontiac, IL where I stopped many times on the route to take snaps. Needless to say, there is so much history on this road and some of the towns kept up the roadside attractions or commemorated Route 66 with museums and murals. There is no way I’ll be able to describe everything I saw and I also passed up on many of the sites. There is way too much to see! I’ll just highlight the towns I stopped in and show you a few of the crazy roadside attractions. VROOM VROOM!
Photos: Chicago, Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, Pontiac murals, Sugar Creek covered bridge, Ariston’s cafe, Litchfield, road sign