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Monday, September 10, 2012

Exploring Route 66

The folks set out on Saturday to explore Route 66 here.  Route 66 actually runs near our home in Missouri and we have traveled it many times.  Mama loves getting off the interstate and driving down Route 66.   She would love to take it from Chicago to California someday.

Scout and I stayed at home and rested.  We had a big adventure on Sunday that we will tell you about later this week.  Oh, we did meet some nice people on Friday night.  One of them worked at Southland Race Track.  That is where I raced.  We talked to them for a while and Scout said the one guy really knows how to give a good face rub. 

The folks stopped at a restaurant called the Polk-A-Dot Drive In.  It is a 50's themed restaurant.  The reviews were not that good, but they wanted to see it for themselves.  They went in not expecting the food to be very good, but it turned out to be a nice place.

 

Outside the restaurant




Inside - each table had a jukebox.



Cheeseburger, fries and coleslaw - 1/4 pound of mushrooms in the background which was six.

Cheeseburger
The food was actually pretty good.  Mama has definitely had worse and spent a lot more money at other places.  The prices really were not bad.  Her meal with soda was about $5.  At first she regretted not getting a double cheeseburger, but then she couldn't even finish the fries, so a double burger was not necessary.  The staff was very nice and the tables were clean.  She had read reviews that the place was dirty, but it was not when they were there.

Mama was very surprised when she walked into the ladies' restaurant.  It is covered in Elvis' photos.  She felt like he was watching her.  LOL


Elvis in his underwear.  She had not seen that photo before.





More photos of celebrities in the restaurant.

Elvis is everywhere!

Gumball machine.
The folks would definitely eat here again.  It looked like it is a favorite of the locals.  The place was crowded when they left.

Polk-A-Dot Drive In on Urbanspoon

The next stop was Walgreens. Dad needed to get his photo taken for his passport.  Mission accomplished. They then started looking around Route 66.

Blues Brothers on top of ice cream stand.

Old gas pump

Car on top of gas station says "California or Bust".
Route 66- This is the section that we travel at home.

The entire Route 66.
Guess where the folks ate Saturday night?  Paula Deen's Restaurant!  Yep, she has a place here in Joliet. We will tell you about that tomorrow.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Is Starting To Make Friends Here

6 comments:

  1. *squeeeeeeee* That's what we did on the way home yesterday! We started at the very beginning of Route 66 and headed towards home. Your mama and daddy should check out Pontiac! They have tons of VERY cool Route 66 stuff and some awesome museums. There's even a ghost dress! The Road Dogs did a ton of awesome murals there in town, too. If they decide to go, let us know! It's close enough we could drive there to meet you.

    If you like hiking, there are tons of places where you can enjoy that, too! Ooo! Did you go to Starved Rock or Rock Cut? If you want to hike with me and Mo sometime, let us know! It's so cool that you're seeing some of the same places as me!

    Bunny

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  2. Route 66 sounds like a kick. hehhehehe I've always wanted to say that. Looking forward to Paula Deans review.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  3. That's a dream vacation for me too. I'd love to do the whole drive on Route 66. I've been hungry for a hamburger all day today so your post is making me want one even more. Maybe tomorrow for lunch.

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  4. Makes me wanta get an RV and travel all of Rte 66.

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  5. Errrrr... Who is Paula Dean?! Sorry! Mum has always wanted to drive Route 66. She nearly did once as she got asked to take an SUV from Chicago to SF, but it all fell through so she took the train. That was pretty special, but not the same!Deccy x

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  6. Oh, maybe you passed Bunny on her travels!! Route 66 looks like the cool place to be!

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