It was eventually filled in after Route 66 and Odell was bypassed by the Interstate. (2 lane 66) and the 4 lane Route 66 on the north side of town. It may look like it’s always been there – but in actual fact it originally faced the much older Route 66 alignment.Further south and before arriving in Pontiac, we stop for a look at number 18700 Old Rt. When the alignment changed the whole building was lifted and turned around 180 degrees. Meet you downtown at our hotel where we enjoy a great Welcome Dinner and celebration with your fellow riders.
In this case, the Gemini Giant holds a rocket ship, a reminder of the 1960s space race.Continuing on IL 53 to Braidwood, the next photo opportunity is the Polka Dot Drive-In at 222 N. in Odell, there is a restored Depression-era gas station, which happens to be very cool.Front St with its Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean and Betty Boop statues. It was built in 1932 and served travelers on Route 66 until the 1960s.Soon our bikes will take us to Atlanta IL to check out another huge fibreglass man – this one named Tall Paul.This particular "Muffler Man" stood for many years in front of Bunyon's across town in Cicero, Illinois along Ogden Ave. We not only have a chance to enjoy espresso shots but we also meet Angel in 'The Palms Grill Cafe' - a great little place with faithfully restored small tables and vinyl-covered chairs that has been serving Route 66 travelers since the 1934!