18 July, 2010
Rat Fink

Howdy from the road, fiends! (Tethering is fun.)

At this moment, we’re driving along Old 66; far away from the interstate. Towns of 600 and 800 population dot the landscape. But I have to back up a bit first.

Joliet was our first stop, as you know. We went downtown this morning after breakfast and walked around. Some quaint shops and a couple of interesting things to see, but the Route 66 museums and visitor centers were not yet open at 7 a.m. on a Sunday. So we walked and looked and didn’t hurry.

This isn’t Route 66-related, but it was a sight to behold all the same. Take a look at the photos of Joliet Township High School — although they won’t do the place justice. The building — built in 1901 — takes up an entire city block. Look at the architecture. Kind of like Gothic/Roman meets medieval haunted castle meets Mansfield Correctional Institution. We wished that it would have been open for a tour.

Don't you wish your school had a gargoyle?

We also experienced our first Muffler Man sighting, although we couldn’t get inside the minor league ballpark (where the Joliet Jackhammers play) to see it up close. So I peered through the stadium chain link fence:

Anyway, onward we went, off the beaten trail and onto Historic 66, which runs right alongside the interstate in many places.

First stop was Wilmington, IL. Of course, we had to get a photo taken at our second Muffler Man discovery:

I love my quaint balletic pose.

On the way to Odell right now, to unearth an old 1930s Sinclair gas station. More later — we love not being in a hurry to get somewhere. Weird feeling….


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Mary Sims
Mary Sims
18 July, 2010 10:58 am

I love the things you are seeing. My husband would too. I think he has always wanted to take a trip like that. Or any trip where we are not in a hurry.


18 July, 2010 11:06 am

Oh my! That high school looks extremely forbidding, eh? Like a place you go into…but can never leave. Mwahahahahaaaa. Spooky!

I LOVE the Muffler Man picture! Question – who took the photo for you? I love your pose! The MM is looking down to see who is hugging his leg. :0)

Keep those photos and interesting tales coming, luv! Remember, I’m right along with you guys and having the time of my life!




18 July, 2010 1:31 pm

That school is awesome!!! Love the pics and story, am looking forward to more!

From The Netherlands!?? Wish it was us!!!

But no we are headed somewhere else…..


18 July, 2010 8:32 pm

Girlie – we are DEFINITELY going to stay in Greek Town at the casino/hotel the next time. WAAAaaaay cooler part of town than the Doubletree! We love the little Greek diner we found & had breakfast there both mornings.

I **LOVE** the school! But doesn’t Joliet have a big state correctional facility? Maybe they got a 2-for-1 deal! LOL :-)

Back from Motor City about 4pm today – can’t wait to see you guys on Tues!!! WOW!