But as soon as I reached Gary (keep my windows closed and doors locked, murder capital of the world, etc, etc), everything changed. Vacant buildings and vagrants all over. And then, I “lost” 6. I had been pretty precise in my research – and knew that Route 6 was “Ridge Rd” through much of “South of Chicago.” I’d been paying strict attention to signs and didn’t see any that guided me to I80. So, I stayed and stayed and stayed on West Ridge then East Ridge and then just Ridge many many miles through what has to be the largest commercial strip urban sprawlish city-unto-itself section of Indiana/Illinios. Mapquest indicated a right on Torrence Ave in Lansing, IL (and by the way, no way to know that I even crossed a state line, the commercial strip just all melded together) and lo and behold, there was the Route 6 sign. So, I followed it, but it took me East onto I80. Turning around, I noticed that Route 6W paired with 80 here, but hell if I knew where the sign to guide me onto 80 was. Getting off on Torrence (coming West this time), I was relieved to find Route 6 signage again.
|Joliet Route 66 Visitor's Center|
Where's the Route 6 Center?
One of two places where 6 and 66
On the approach into Joliet, IL there's a nice nature park; the Hadley Valley Preserve. I was so rattled from my drive, I almost got out to take a cleansing walk, but pressed on.
|Joliet Historical Museum|
|Turkey at Hank's Farm Restaurant|
Right outside my car door
|Fresh Salad Bar|
Hank's Farm Restaurant
|Perfect Lamb Chops|
Hank's Farm Restaurant
|Ultra-Friendly Robin Morello|
|Charlotte Beach with just-laid eggs|
Fox River B&B
|Fox River B&B|
|Tribal Room at Fox River B&B|
About 8 miles out of town and off-Route 6, but worth the detour. When Charles Lindberg had to ditch his out of fuel airmail plane in Sept. 1926 on his St. Louis to Chicago run, he found his way across the field to this antique farmhouse. Now a charming B&B run by soft-spoken Registered Nurse, Charlotte Beach, you can stay in the “Lindberg Room” – decorated with airplane paraphernalia – or one of 4 others. I stayed in the very exciting “Tribal Room” with lots of animal prints, hand-drums and jungle motif. In the morning, Charlotte whips up fresh biscuits, cut fruit and eggs from her laying hens right outside. These were some delicious scrambled eggs!
|Good Morning Fox River!|
View from Fox River B&B