. It took 11 hours but we also picked up a dryer in Rochester Hills on our way back. Next was to get the moving truck and start the trip around town picking up stuff. The first was the worst. The dreaded Juke Box. This was not the first time I had asked my friends to help me move this behemoth. It is truly a back breaker. Dante, Chris (Super Bond), Keith, and my father in law Tom showed up at Laura’s' house to make this move easier. With the team of He-Men the juke box was soon on board the truck and we were off to the next stop. Brad met all of us to help load the items we had been storing in the garage of our old house. The team then moved over to Brad’s house where Keith turned into a super star as the beginning of the bucket bergade handing the boxes and bins filled with treasures up and out of the basement and into the moving truck. Tom had the job of stacking and tying down the items as they made it into the truck. This all star team had everything loaded into the truck and we were done by 1 pm. Amazing. We then drove to Kim’s parents were the last items were loaded on board and we got a good nights sleep before heading out in the morning for Route 66 West. Neither of us had ever driven further west than Chicago before so this was a true adventure for both of us. We bought a book driving Route 66 and were looking forward to the sights of Americana road side attractions. The first road side sight was the Gemini Giant in Wilmington IL former "Muffler Man" and official greeter for the Launching Pad Restaurant. Our next stop was the Polk-a-Dot Drive in Braidwood IL where we stopped for a milk shake. Continuing our drive though Illinois we made a stop in Odell IL at the restored 1932 Standard filling station. On to Pontiac IL where we visited the Illinois Route 66 Association hall of fame and museum. The nice woman working here let us take Lily through the museum. Lots of great stuff to see here. We came across the second of 3 giants in Atlanta IL. It is called the Bunyon Giant and this one is holding a giant hot dog. As we continued on we had now been on the road for over 10 hours and decided to get a room in Springfield IL. We stopped at the Cozy Drive Inn and grabbed some dinner. The Cozy Drive Inn is the birthplace of the corn dog. Yumm.
As the saying goes, "A friend in need is a friend indeed" and we were in need. It never seems to amaze me that I have the best friends in the world. Most of them I have known since childhood and I am certain that as long as they can put up with me, they will be a part of my life until I am no longer around. Anyone who knows me well knows I have a lot of shit. I have been storing these prize possessions all over Michigan. Most of these treasures have been stored in the basement of my good friend Brads house in Plymouth. There was also stuff at Jimmy's house in Redford, Laura Rentz (Genitti) house in Northville, the garage of our old house in Plymouth, my mom’s house in Charlevoix and in the basement of Kim’s parents in Brownstown. We needed to gather all these possessions up and get them loaded into a moving truck for the drive west. The first thing was to drive up north to my mom’s house and back in one day. Ughh.....I was dreading this drive but with Jimmy in the passenger seat the drive was not too bad. Thanks Jimmy