|Today started early since the Avellas attended the 0815 church service at Sugar Creek United Methodist Church. It is a nice church with friendly people and a good minister. After church breakfast was consumed at Hardee's since there wasn't a Tex-Mex place in the close vicinity. Soon they were on off on another adventure! The plan was to drive north to Lincoln and see the sights there. All the books Phyl had looked at made it seem as though there was a lot to see in Lincoln. As it turned out, there was only three which caught the attention of Bob and Phyl. The first place visited was the site where Abe Lincoln “christened” the town which was named after him. The story goes that he “christened” the town site with watermelon juice (thus a watermelon slice monument). The city hall has a phone booth on the roof which was used to watch for bad weather and then call the report in. According to one of the official booklets printed by the state of Illinois, there are 11 murals painted on downtown buildings. The Avellas found one-a painting of a Lincoln penny. Another site wasn’t at the address published in the booklet (at least the GPS didn’t find it there). THE ROUTE went through Lincoln also and there is a tiny log chapel built by the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church. It is quiet nice and open all day, every day (which is something we didn’t find everywhere). THE ROUTE back into Springfield is a nice road in most places (depending on which alignment is driven) but the only thing along the road is small towns and by this time, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. There used to be yet another food place in the town of Broadwell, but it burned several years ago and now the only thing there are signs and a plaque or two. One of the places Phyl wanted to visit was New Salem, a reconstructed village which represented the town where Abe Lincoln spent several years as a young adult. It was kind of neat. Next up was Lincoln’s Tomb. It is quite impressive and dominates the area around it. On Friday while at the Lincoln museum, Phyl read that Lincoln’s body was viewed by more people than any other. It took about 17 days to move his body from Washington, DC to Springfield, IL because it went through many states and made several stops along the way. After the tomb, the next stop was the Lincoln Homestead. The tour through his house was interesting although the carpets and wall paper were a little wild. The house has been restored to the way it was on the 1860 date when Lincoln found out he won the presidential nomination for his party. After the Lincoln places, it was time for some more of THE ROUTE places, but one was closed and the other not particularly interesting. Finally, Phyl decided to do something for herself, so she got a haircut and a fall decoration for “G/G”. Tomorrow, the plan is to drive to Joliet and drive back down THE ROUTE.