MICHEL Country Music Journalist
Route 66 from Chicago, IL to Joplin, MO
Again a slightly different approach to do the entire road. This year it was Illinois and Missouri
We began part 3 of our exploration of the Mother Road. The statue of Mike at the Bunyon's Cafe has been moved in 2004.
Dixie Trucker's Home, serving the roadies since 1928; place was
sold to a Finance company in 2003.
The Pig Hip Restaurant in Broadwell is now a Route 66 Museum
and Rich Henry opened his Rabbit Ranch in Staunton some years ago.
Crossing the Missouri state line.
A place to stop in St Louis is Ted Drewes.
These once modern cabins may be rebuilt soon: John's Modern Cabins in Cuba
Two examples of vintage motels kept in shape: The Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon and the Rest Haven Court in Springfield.
Take the train or
Shop at Engler Block or
Back on to Carthage.
First stop was for a few days in Fort Worth, where the
the world's largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob's Texas.
Another night out at Jerry Ferrell's Top Rail Ballroom
week was at the ranch of our swiss friends in Gatesville. Our son
flew in from San Diego, where he had spent the last six months.
We also were celebrating our National Holiday on August 1, which
traditionally includes building a huge fire. There was no risk to
do this on the open range.
The last evening at the Horseshoe Club...
A ride on the Chicago Double Decker for a tour of the city,
View from Sears Tower
We visited Navy
Pier -- and did lots and lots of walking to see other
But the Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad Cafe in Wilmington still stands tall.
Grove Maple Sirup. Delicious.
Russell Soulsby's Gas Station is in Odell since ever
The restored Chain of Rocks bridge.
In front of and deep inside the Meramec Caverns
One of the few with the old fashioned neon: Steak n Shake in Springfield.
A sidestep to Branson, where we spent a few days in town and the surroundings.
visit Historic Hollister.
End of 2002 Mother Road Tour.
David Boone took us around the place including backstage
to see our good friends, The Derailers.
Finally it's burning!!!
Sadly, it's already time to get back to Switzerland.