Down Ilinois Way (originally published in 2009)

President Lincoln’s Neighbourhood in Springfield Illinois


On a recent trip to the States we visited the capital Springfield and the restored neighbourhood where Lincoln used to live.

As you can see his wife had quite garish taste in furnishings!!

Very interesting and free of charge !!

Downtown Chicago and the end of 66 !

We (well Karen) drove into downtown Chicago today, the weather was great and we managed to officially finish the Route 66 wrong way round trip !!
Since our last visit Trump towers is nearing completion and we had some fun at Millenium Park, along with window shopping in Michigan Ave where I had a play with an IPhone (very impressive !!)

The end of the road :-)

We spent quite a lot of time in St Louis this morning particularly at the riverfront and the arch. Afterwards we set off on Route 66 at the Chain of Rocks bridge from both the Missouri and Illinois ends, we also visited the famous Ted Drewe frozen custard stand. We alternated between Route 66 and the Interstate and ended up in Naperville at around 9:30pm, tired but happy. We will calculate how many miles we have covered over the past two weeks, a rough estimate at this point is around 2,800 !!! Going to have a rest for the next few days 🙂

Show Me The Way To Amarillo

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Today’s little jaunt took us from Santa Fe to Amarillo via Santa Rosa, Adrian (1/2 way), Tucumcari.

We were concerned about the bad weather but it appears we are following it so far 🙂

The Route 66 museum and the Cadillac Ranch were the main items of note today.
Once again the scenery changed from state to state and the plains coming into Texas stretch as far as the eye can see.

Fiesta !!

We have spent the day in Santa Fe old town where it is the annual festival, it has been a riot of music, colour and food
A really enjoyable and relaxing day 🙂
We may however need to change our plans as there is severe weather in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. More to follow !!

Down (New) Mexico Way !

We left Holbrook and the Wigwams behind and via the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert and Gallup amongst others we are now in Santa Fe. The Painted Desert is absolutely wonderful and one of the most unusual things we have ever seen !

The Pictures

1/ Shows the bed of the original Route 66 that has now returned to nature, you can see where it used to be by using the line of telegraph poles as a guide.

2 and 3/ Show the painted desert but don’t do it justice !!

Now in Santa Fe for a couple of days.