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Long day on the bike 107 miles and the weather was cooperating the wind was quatering in our face but never got heavy. The skies were overcast and it rained very little. The course was through the farm country and endless acres of corn and more corn! Jack John and I rode together and each of us took turns pulling for a mile each and it made the day pass with ease!
Not a bad run compared to tomorrows trip - as we arrived early and before we could book in we went into down town Springfield and visited The Abraham Lincoln Museum - they may only have a short past compared to ours but they are very good at presenting it ! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfiel d,_Illinois http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.co m/Lincoln/Museum/ Glad we made the visit - especially as the Motel was out of the way, although clean and comfortable I wasn't ...
... two different versions of Route 66. I continued through Sherman and into the north side of the state capital Springfield. Without stopping in Springfield I took the 1930s route which leaves town using 4 miles of I-55 before becoming the frontage road to the interstate. Litchfield is the largest of the towns on the 1930s route south of Springfield and contains one of the few remaining drive-in theatres ...
... by the end of the day saying the same thing over and over. There is not much original left in the house - but we were told not to touch the walls or doors and stay on the blue carpet. The only thing we were allowed to touch was the original railing to assist ourselves climb the stairs. Before we knew it we were out the back door and the tour was over. We then drove over to Lincoln's tomb and got there just with ...
... food stop opened in 1946, the Gemini Giant at Wilmington, two brilliantly restored gas stations and a maple sirup (correct sp!) shop which marked the halfway point in Illinois.
200 miles took nearly 6 hours due to regular photo ops and diversions. We arrived in the State Capital exhausted but elated. We had driven on the right in our automatic Chevy, negotiated Stop signs (everyone stops and then takes turns!) and were delighted to be on the road on our journey. What an excellent ...
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