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    Has anyone done the Route 66 thing in IL?

    I was just curious if anyone has followed the old Route 66 in IL. Seems like it would be cool to do but the directions online seem confusing. I have been on R-66 out west and was just wanting some nostalgia closer to home. Is it worth the trip?
    Historic Route 66 turn-by-turn description for Illinois

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    One of my ex BIL's belongs to a Corvette Club in Ohio and they do it every few years. He and his wife always talk about in good light..

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    Much as I hate going into or through The People's Republic of Illinois, I'd love to check this out. I do try to remind myself that they have sanctuary counties there for the 2nd Amendment with local law enforcement leadership that said they won't enforce the state's heaviest gun control laws. I just don't know which counties and towns they are. However, I'd bet the folks where most of Route 66 goes are more like us and less like the lefties in Chicago. I'd start a little southwest of there.

    Let us know if you do it and post up some pics!
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    Haven't done it thru IL yet but have thru some of MO and OK thru to OKC. It's on "the list". I tell you, there's something to be said for getting of the interstate occasionally. We took 40 from Indy to St Louis a couple of years ago on one of our treks to see my sis in OK and it was amazing how much more relaxing the trip was and in our minds even though it did take longer we sure couldn't tell it.
    Yes I am for gun control!! A firm grip, steady aim, and a gentle squeeze!!

    What comes after your first "infraction"? Double Secret Probation perhaps???

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    We did go over for a weekend in 2017 and saw a few things.
    These two were both in northern Illinois. We tried to find the starting point on Lake Michigan but the signs must have been stolen. The traffic was so bad I promised my wife to not try that again.



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    We also made a trip to St. Louis to look at a Jeep and stopped off to see the Chain of Rocks Bridge across the Mississippi. The bridge is closed to vehicle traffic.

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    On the Oklahoma stretch there are still a few locations where you can see the painted markers on the pavement itself but we only saw "Oklahoma 66" metal signs, no "US 66" signs.
    Yes I am for gun control!! A firm grip, steady aim, and a gentle squeeze!!

    What comes after your first "infraction"? Double Secret Probation perhaps???

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    In 2017 we also made a trip out west. Williams, AZ was one of the last towns to be bypassed. They have embraced the Route 66 culture.
    Rod's Steak House is a true Route 66 icon having been there since 1949, if my memory serves me correctly. The Turquoise Tepee is also an icon. I used to trade my rattlesnake belt buckles for Native American artwork there back in the 80s and early 90s.
    We used to live an hour south and Williams was one of my wife's favorite places to go. We took my Father-In-Law looking for elk and he had a ball.




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    Ash Fork and Seligman are west of Williams. Seligman has capitalized on the movie, Cars, which is a must watch for any Route 66 lovers. The Snow Cap Diner is also a true 66 icon and is now being run by the son of the man who started it. The owner has a comic routine for unsuspecting customers. The father "got me" with it in the late 80s. The son continues in the tradition. The place is so well known that tour buses stop with tourists from overseas.






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    Between Ash Fork, AZ and Seligman is a portion of the original Route 66. They have put up reproduction Burma Shave signs. My 85-year old FIL was thrilled to see them.






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