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Day 1 - No hiccups, no getting lost - 39.7 miles A quick stop at LLBEAN once more, coffee stop at Starbucks, stop at USPS to post stuff to Terri in LA to look after until we get there - and we are ready to roll. Oh my goodness, where did all the traffic come from? A journey that should have taken us about an hour and a half took 6 hours! Des Plaines to Chicago on the interstate - 19 miles and along Route 66 to Joliet - 39.7 miles. Traffic ...
... they were nice enough to cook fresh eggs, sausage, and french toast to order for me. I could smell the smokers working again and asked if any of the beef brisket was available - apparently it just came out. Sounds like lunch to me! I asked for a pound to go so we could have BBQ sandwiches for lunch on the road.
We left the St. Louis area about 11 a.m. This was a good move ...
... Lodge at the Grand Canyon; this cheered me up no end. They didn't even charge me for disc or postage - truly lovely.
We spent the afternoon on a river and lake cruise that was interesting, informative and freezing on any part of the body not covered. Shell and I did some shopping for breakfast and the first day or two on the road. For tea we wanted hot dogs, Chicago style and got them at American Dog, complete with potato chips (crisps) in a bag. I am trying to ...
... new sponges" here.
Great small town anchored by Wheaton College, with a nice hiking/biking trail system, an eclectic shopping district and train service that goes directly to downtown Chicago. Nice people too.
(Well dah! They're my relatives!)
Anyway, when we were gettting close I called my cousin Jess who gave me directions and instructions... mostly ...
... and the week of VBS. So really, what better time to plan for and pack a camping vacation for the fam?
I want to be the first to admit that "camping" is a bit of a misnomer for what we're doing. The fifth-wheel camper we are pulling behind the truck is a 36' monster with two bedrooms, one bath. It's equipped with a microwave, fridge and freezer, double sink, shower, a/c, cable tv, and of course, a ceiling fan. If ...