Get your Kicks on Route 66
Day 3: Joliet to Bloomington, IL – 93 miles
We begin our day with the ritual playing of Nat King Coles “Get your kicks on Route 66” on the IPOD attached to the Jag’s Retro Sound radio. The IPOD will be providing a 60’s soundtrack throughout the journey.
Today we have resigned ourselves to becoming unabashed tourists – stopping at every kitchy landmark, touring every museum, and spending money at every gift shop. Our first photo stop is at the Gemini Giant, who, as a reminder of the space race, still stands guard over the long-shuttered Launching Pad Restaurant in Wilmington IL.
In Odell, IL, we take a moment to visit the beautifully restored Standard Oil gas station. Built in 1932, it remained active until the 70’s. Inside are an enchanting collection of vintage tools that were used during its life of service. The photo was kindly taken by a German tourist, who was on the pilgrimage as well.