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Oct 13, 2018 - Springfield, Illinois

* We left camp at 9:23. Drove to Springfield, Illinois. *Again miles and miles of corn. And figured out soy bean crops as well. This leg of the trip flatter ground. *the USA had 90,000,000 acres of corn *the music we listen to are the country bands playing at the grand ole opry. *Our koa campground is really nice! Lots of grass and activities to do. *while we walked Brady tonight we saw the most beautiful sunset. *we stood by a soy bean crop. Kind of surreal to me. I picked a pod. *I made patty melts for dinner. The day of traveling is...

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Oct 27, 2017 - Cousin Stop #2

After long hugs, and a few tears, I said bye-bye to Cousin Sylvia and we pointed Phoebe south ... to the home of Abraham Lincoln, and Sylvia's brother Terry. Terry has a l-o-n-g driveway, and so we MOOCHDOCKED at his place for one night. Terry and his wife Peggy are great hosts, and this time was no exception. A wonderful home-cooked meal and good conversation was a wonderful end to the day. The next morning we assembled at local breakfast spot and were joined by MORE COUSINS, Linda and Marvin from "just down the road". Anne hasn't seen...

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Oct 13, 2017 - Old And New

Our journey along Route 66 is a mixture of old and new. Our stay at Boots Court in Carthage was new. A wonderful old 66 motel. Did you know there were carports in the 1930s?? Really cool. Our hostess was most helpful, suggesting eateries and places to stop. And we did stop, at the Gay Parita Sinclair Station in Paris Springs, Missouri. It goes back to the 1920s. We talked with the new owner, George. His wife is the daughter of a previous owner who restored the old station and saved it from destruction. George and Barb are restoring the old...

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Oct 1, 2017 - I Miss Abe

There are a lot of pictures...and a lot of reading. If reading is not your thing, there're still some nice photos of this incredible American day. I hope the grandkids read all the plaques...I only posted a fraction. :-) I've had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. on three different occasions and each time I feel even stronger in my wish that all Americans could have that experience. To see and touch and feel our nation's capital and all the awe-inspiring monuments, memorials, and those historical places we have read about. Watching...

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Sep 21, 2017 - Land of Lincoln

Up early. Wanted to try to get to Springfield by the time the things opened at 9. Left St Louis around 7:30. Uneventful hour and forty five minute drive. First stopped was the Lincoln tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery north of downtown. Arrived there about 9:15. There is a bronze statue of Lincoln's head in front of the plaza on which the tomb sits. Everyone rubs the nose of the statue for good luck for some reason so the nose is discolored. Not one to tempt fate I made sure to do so. In tomb there is a small "reception" area w/ some statues,...

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Jul 20, 2017 - Springfield IL

We decided to head south to Springfield because we had time and it’s the capital of Illinois and we needed to get another capitol building checked off the list...no other reason. But it turned into more...much, much more, in fact what originally was going to be just one night turned into a pair. We wheeled out of the campground Tuesday morning and the first stop was, as planned, the state capitol building for a short tour – really short in comparison to some of the others we have done. We finished that then stayed near downtown and did a...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Corn, corn and more corn

Lazed around a bit to let the overnight showers pass so didn't hit the road until around 9 am. With this we only hit a few random showers here and there. The worst of it, fortunately, came as we stopped for gas and could easily take cover. If you didn't know, Iowa is full of corn fields, cows, windmills, and wind. Lots of wind. We can tell we made some southern progress as when we started this morning, the corn was ankle high and by the end of the day, it was over head high. Covered over 400 miles with our only complaint being too much...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Air Museum and a Drive In Movie

Another lazy morning again, I have got to cut this out. First thing I did was to take a walk, same way I did 2 days ago. Well I was walking down the side of the road, and there was that rattlesnake, and now he is on the side of the road and shedding his skin. He was alive the whole time. Well I gave him a wide berth and continued my walk, doing 2 miles. Back at the RV Charlotte had a nice breakfast fixed for me, and then a shower to clean up after walking. This morning, really it was noon, I headed out and went to the Air Combat Museum....

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Aug 26, 2016 - Lincoln Museum and Tomb

This morning we slept in and had a nice breakfast. We then drove downtown to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. This is a huge building with many great displays. They have mannequins that really look like real people. They had Lincoln and his family standing in a big hall that we entered first, and I thought that it was real people acting like statues at first. They had a replica of the log home that he had grown up as a small boy with Lincoln sitting on the side of the fireplace reading. Did you know he taught himself to read? They...

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Aug 25, 2016 - Getting my kicks on Route 66

I was up by 7:30 and went on a walk, starting with going around the RV park and then going out on the street. We are a little ways out of town in farm land and so the road is not that busy. As I am walking along the side I come to a snake laying just off the asphalt. I go around it checking it out, it is a rattlesnake but it is not coiled, so I think that it is dead. It didn't move at all when I was kinda near it. So from that point on I am watching the road in front of me to make sure I don't step onto one of these critters. I was able to...

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Aug 24, 2016 - Going to the land of Lincoln

On the road today. We have a longer drive today than what we have been doing but we also have a time zone working in our favor, we will be back to the Central Time Zone this morning. The first 60 miles are on two lane highways through the northern Indiana countryside before we hit the I-80 Interstate. We will skirt the south edge of Chicago and then head southwest through the center of Illinois. Most of the way we had rain, sometimes light and sometimes very heavy, but for the most part is was steady lite-moderate rain. We stopped for 2...

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To Maine and back

Jul 30, 2016 - Historic Springfield, ILL

We are on our way to the Capitol of Illinois, historic Springfield. We traveled a little on some interstate, then state roads crossing the Mississippi at Perryville. We traveled through small towns and farmland. Passing through Chester, IL we discovered it was the home of the creator of Popeye and his friends. If you are interested in the Popeye characters, you might want to Visit the Popeye Character Trail. Or even read about A biography of Popeye. Some of the other interesting places were Smithton where the streets were lined with camp...

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