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Published: July 24th 2016
Jim and Mike
Jim, Mike and I met up at Jackie's Pub in historic downtown Lockport, an old I & M Canal town. We stopped at a gas station to top off the tanks and get a cup of coffee before starting down the road.
We are taking as much of the old historic US 66 roads as possible down to St. Louis. IL Route 53 is the Old 66 for about a third of the way through Illinois, so we headed south on 53 into the old historic downtown of Joliet, IL. We made a stop in Wilmington about 30 miles south of Lockport to see some US 66 kitsch, the Gemini Giant. This statue is at the old Launching Pad restaurant. Old Route 66 parallels it's replacement, I-55 pretty much all the way to St. Louis. The only time we rode interstates was when we were bypassing pretty large towns.
We then stopped in the little town of Odell, which has a 1930's Standard gas station. It's one of the cooler spots along the northern part of US 66. After the mandatory photos there, we rode down to Lincoln, IL looking for a lunch stop. We
And his trusty steed.
found a nice bar that served sandwiches, called Alley-bi's. It was awful good to get inside an air conditioned place since the temps and humidity were both in the 90's. We stopped fairly often and drank a lot of water and it really wasn't that bad to deal with.
The riding was very enjoyable on the mostly two lane roads. Jim had booked us rooms at the Chase hotel in St. Louis which is a beautiful, historic hotel. After checking in and settling into our rooms, we walked a block to a very nice restaurant district and chose Gamlin's Whiskey House. They had many, many different whiskeys and we enjoyed an excellent meal there.
Tomorrow we head down to Jim's cabin in Heber Springs.
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