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Route 66-Day 1

Chicago to Springfield

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Hello Everyone. I want to invite you on our journey for a daily recap of our adventures on Route 66, I plan to post the days highlights each night and hope you enjoy this.

The Start of Route 66

Chicago, IL.

We are excited to start this journey together.


We decided to grab breakfast at a local spot that was just a walk from out hotel. We Included some photos below. Great meal and fantastic character to the restaurant. Definitely a great spot when you start your trip.

Eleven City Diner

Chicago IL


Our first stop after leaving Chicago was this great old filling station stop below. We drove about 70 percent on the original Route 66.

Ambler/Becker Station

Dwight IL


Our second stop was visiting the town of Pontiac IL. We stopped by the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum. This place is 3 stories and has a ton of memorabilia. The first level is all Illinois artifacts from Route 66. The second and third level included the Titanic and Military sections. This is definitely a must see on any Route 66 trip.

Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum

Pontiac IL


We left there and found another very nice renovated service station in Normal Illinois. The lady running it was super nice and friendly and told us her story about how the building used to be a bridal store and it start deteriorating and she bought it and renovated it using government grants and made it into a great little Route 66 stop.

Spragues Super Service Station

Normal IL


We found this guy in Atlanta IL just hiding between a few trees 😂

Paul Bunyan Statue

Atlanta, IL


Our final stop of the night was dinner in Springfield after checking into our hotel. We went downtown and found this historic house that had a great atmosphere and character. My dad got the fish and chips and I got my pub burger. The beer was great and there were many different items on the menu.

Obed and Issac’s Microbrewery and Pub

Springfield IL


That’s all for Today, Thanks for taking this journey with us. We will post more tomorrow as we go from Springfield IL to Rolla, MO

Have a good evening and God Bless.

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Route 66 Day 2

Springfield to St. Robert

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As we started Day 2, we had to get a issue fixed with one of our tires. On the way up to Chicago from Home, we noticed one of our tires was low on air. So we took it into a Firestone this morning to get the tire patched up.

While we were waiting today, we took an Uber to breakfast at a Local Route 66 stop called The Cozy Drive Inn. It was a great diner with a ton of Route 66 History and Memorabilia.

The Cozy Drive Inn

Springfield, IL


Next, we went to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum where we got free tickets from my buddy Joe Crain. We showed up not knowing what to expect and this place was awesome. The exhibits were super realistic and well placed and well persevered. We really enjoy it.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Springfield, IL


Our next stop is where we found another Giant Chair and a Henry’s Rabbit Ranch. We spoke to the owner and he wouldn’t allow the bunnies in the store due to them not getting vaccinated and refusing to wear masks 😂😂😂

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch

Staunton, IL


We pulled into Hamel IL and saw a Route 66 Classic. I mean who doesn’t like Ice Cream for lunch. So we hit up the Route 66 Creamery

Route 66 Creamery

Hamel, IL


We hit up our last stop of Illinois in a very cool bridge that connects Missouri/Illinois. It has closed to vehicle traffic besides walking and biking. it took us awhile to find it but we did. I want to come back and bring my bicycle and ride between Missouri and Illinois on the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Chain of Rocks Bridge

Granite City, IL


As we entered Missouri, had to get a photo of the Gateway Arch while passing through St. Louis

Gateway Arch

St. Louis, Mo


The next stop was at a Route 66 Travel Center/State Park that had an abandoned bridge that used to connect to Times Beach

Route 66 State Park and Visitor Center

Eureka, Missouri


Next, we went for a water tower tour in St.Clair and Bourbon

Hot and Cold Water Tour

St. Clair, MO


Bourbon Mo Water Tower


We couldn’t miss stopping at the Town Tavern for $1.50 can Monday’s. My friends the Springers are from this town and they know all the locals.

Town Tavern

Bourbon, MO


As we head down Route 66 from there, we actually passed this stop, and had to turn around. I’m glad that we did. This place had the Worlds Largest Rocking Chair in Missouri. They also had the biggest Route 66 Outpost we have seen so far on the trip.

Fanning 66 Outpost

Cuba, MO


Our last stop of the day was dinner at a BBQ place right on Route 66 called Sweetwater BBQ. The food was great and it came at the perfect time since we had been on the road for about 7 hours at this point.

Sweetwater BBQ

St. Robert, MO


That wraps up Day 2. We will heading from St. Robert in the morning and heading to Joplin for the evening. We will be passing through Lebanon, Springfield, and other places on the way. It will be nice to be home for a bit, but excited to head out West.

Talk to everyone tomorrow.

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Route 66-Day 3

St. Robert to Joplin

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We left this morning around 8am and went ahead and ate breakfast in the hotel since we had a lot of meals planned for the day. Our hotel was right off of Route 66. So we got in the car and headed West towards Lebanon.

We arrived in Lebanon and hit up the local Roadside Route 66 Hotel.

Munger Moss Hotel

Lebanon, MO


Then we headed down the road and made a stop on the square in Marshfield to see the Hubble Telescope Display and the Route 66 Murals along the way.

Hubble Telescope Display

Marshfield, MO


Then we made it back home to visit the Birthplace of Route 66 in Springfield, MO.

We first hit up the Route 66 Rail Haven Hotel which is on Glenstone and St. Louis Street

Route 66 Rail Haven

Springfield, MO


Then we headed down the Road and had to go into the Route 66 Travel Center

Route 66 Travel Center

Springfield, MO


Then we left and headed down the road and grabbed some pictures of some Route 66 Murals and other stuff

Route 66 Murals and Objects

Springfield MO


Now it was time for some lunch, so we headed over to the new location of Reds Giant Hamburg on Sunshine St. It was cool, because I had never been inside since they had relocated to the new location. it was great to get some burgers, fries, and milkshakes for lunch. My buddy Daniel met up with us did lunch since he works close by.

Reds Giant Hamburg

Springfield MO


We got back to Route 66 and continued down the road and went to this old ⛽️ station about 20 miles down the road in Spencer, MO. It was super cool with a ton of old cars and Route 66 Memorabilia. We would like to come back again

Gay Parita Filing Station

Spencer, MO


Then we headed to Carthage to check out some local Route 66 Spots

Boots Motel and the Route 66 Drive Inn

Carthage, MO


We arrived in Joplin and decided to head to another local spot for dinner called MacCheesy. Everything is made with Mac and Cheese, They make fantastic bowls and the traditional grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. it was a great meal and we will definitely go back.


Joplin, MO


That is all for Day 3, we will heading West to OKC tomorrow, passing through Tulsa on the way. Will keep you all updated tomorrow.

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Route 66-Day 4

Joplin to Oklahoma City

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We left our hotel in Joplin and headed to breakfast at a local spot that I had eaten at many times.

It is called the Brunchonette and is run by some local Joplin people that own a few more restaurants in town. We both got the Hey Brah which is French Toast with Sweet Hawaiian bread with bananas and powder sugar.

The Brunchonette

Joplin, MO


We left breakfast stuffed and started heading West towards the Kansas portion of Route 66. We stopped in Galena Kansas and saw some cool murals and old gas station pumps. They included the Cars from the movie Cars. It was pretty cool to see them.

Cars, Murals, etc

Galena KS===


We headed to Baxter Springs Kansas, which has a lot of Route 66 History, we actually passed the visitor center and turned around. The guy that runs the place has been around for awhile.

I believe he has traveled the Mother Road more than anyone. He had about every map and guide you could think of. We could have spent hours there while he talked about the next spots from Kansas to Santa Monica. We thanked him for his hospitality and moved down the road.

Route 66 Visitor Center

Baxter Springs, KS


We headed to Miami, OK and saw some cool signs and murals along the way, They have a sign that goes over the road that represents the Gateway to the West portion of Route 66.

Signs and Murals

Miami OK


We headed down the road and ended up at the Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK. This is an awesome roadside stop where you can actually go inside the 🐳. They have a park area that kids can play with concessions and bathrooms.

Blue Whale

Catoosa OK


We headed into Tulsa and we saw a ton of buildings, murals and restaurants celebrating Route 66.

Hotels, Restaurants, and Murals

Tulsa OK


We left Tulsa and headed to Arcadia OK and found the Big Red Round Barn and Pops. Both were super cool Route 66 stops.

Big Red Round Barn and Pops

Arcadia OK


We finally arrived in Oklahoma City and checked into our hotel in Bricktown. We realized that we left all of our Cardinals Jerseys in Joplin at the hotel. So we called the hotel and they found them and they are shipping them to us next week when we arrive in Flagstaff.

We ended our day with dinner across the street at a restaurant called 🦀 town. It was fantastic, probably the best meal we have had all trip so far.


Oklahoma City OK


Well that is all for today, will be leaving early tomorrow for Amarillo TX. Talk to everyone soon.

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Route 66-Day 5

Oklahoma City to Amarillo

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We took off from Oklahoma City around 8:45am this morning. We grabbed Breakfast from a coffee bistro in walking distance from our hotel. The Bricktown area is fun to walk around at night, but we were so exhausted from the day and the temperature was 95 when we left dinner, we just skipped it.

We got on the road and headed to our first stop in Yukon, OK to see the Yukon Flour Co

Yukon Flour Co

Yukon OK


Then we headed to El Reno and saw some cool Route 66 Memorabilia on the side of the road.

Old Train Car

El Reno, OK


We grabbed another car selfie while we stopped to see this old abandoned Drive in Theatre in El Reno

Drive In Theatre

El Reno, OK


Got back on the road and headed to Hydro OK, and saw the Original and the New Lucilles on 66.

Lucille's Roadhouse

Hydro OK


We left there and headed to the Route 66 Museum in Clinton OK. We didn’t have time to walk through it but we saw some pretty cool things coming inside and checking out the gift shop.

Route 66 Museum

Clinton OK


We headed to Sayre next and saw a cool Roadside Motel

Western Hotel

Sayre OK


We crossed into Texas and made it to Shamrock Texas and stopped at this old filing station

Conoco Tower Station

Shamrock, TX


We headed to Groom, TX and found this leaning water tower

Leaning Water Tower

Groom TX


We headed down the road and found a cool VW Slug Bug Ranch, we got our spray paint out and put our initials on the cars.

VW Slug Bug Ranch

Panhandle TX


We reached Amarillo had to stop by the Big Texan, we decided not to eat there since it was super busy. We did grab some pictures and it was quite the experience.

Big Texan

Amarillo TX


We headed to Dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Amarillo. Very good authentic cuisine.

Tacos Garcia Mexican Cafe

Amarillo TX


Finally we decided to catch a minor league baseball game with the Amarillo Sod Poodles

Sod Poodles

Amarillo, TX


That’s all for today. Tomorrow we have a short drive to Tucumcari and staying at our first roadside motel of the trip. Talk to you all tomorrow.

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