Hampton Inn Lincoln
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After 450 miles south, we head east skirting he big city areas and rolling thru the countryside. This post is in between campsites to alert you to a (planned) direction change.
Stopping for lunch at a large rest area east of Bloomington, Illinois, we admire the vast fields and ominous clouds of an impending weather front moving in from the southeast.
Time is getting close for our travels to Italy. We are excited; our adventures will include: Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, Florence, Tuscany, Pisa, Venice, Milan and the Italian and Swiss Alps.
Plane and train tickets have been purchased a well as tickets to several historical sights - Vatican, Academy of the Arts (David) and Uffizi Gallery.
We are looking forward to meeting up with our friends (Phyllis and Michale) from England in ...
... The skies were so overcast I thought we might be in for another storm, but no just a few sprinkles. Maybe it's smog, with loads of industrial smoke polluting the air.
The hotel has been refurbished lately, but the area is sad, so I hope there's a public transport system reasonably close to go exploring, as I know Paul won't drive into the city!
I'll let you know tomorrow
... a cool triangular building built in the 1800s. On my way out of town I spotted the collection of pumps and signs by the building with the mural of the Ferrari. On my way through Odell I decided to stop and take a photo of myself in front of the restored Standard Oil gas station. In Pontiac I took the time to visit some of things I hadn't found time to see on Friday such as the original Route 4 sign on the rebuilt bridge into town, one of the swinging bridges ...
The main industry for Lincoln appears to be tombstones!!! There are about 5 purveyors of beautifully crafted marble head stones, in all different shapes to cater for all, there is the one shaped like a dear for the hunter, the American flag for the patriot, the car, the motorbike, the list goes on and on. Again it is another one on those patriotic towns ...