May 26, 2012

Kicking It Trip [KIT™] Day 1

It was a sweet start to our Kicking It Trip [KIT™].  Our rental is a Chrysler 300, Year 2012 with 6815 miles. It has Satellite radio, a backup camera, and other bells and whistles.  It is a sweet ride.

We headed out at about 1030, and headed to Chicago for the start of the trip, it was a gorgeous day and it was fun to drive down Lake Shore Drive.

We then wound our way through the city and eventually ended up at Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook for lunch.  The Chicken Basket started as a gas station, then a Blue Bird Bus Stop, and had ice skaters on the roof to attract travelers. In 1963, the Rhea's purchased it and it has been a must stop on the Route since.

Then it was off to Willmington IL where I encountered my first Giant, the Gemini.

Next we headed to Dwight to see the Ambler Texaco, build in 1932.

Our next stop was in Odell with the Standard Oil Station also built in 1932 with the service bays added in 1937.

By this time, it was time for a bio-break and an amber beverage, which we were able to satisfy at the Old Log Cabin in Pontiac Illinios, build in 1926 and redone recently.

I think my favorite thing today was the searcing for the original road, and how things have changed and grown, but remnants of the original mother road still exist. We saw and will see many more of this.


  1. What a great start. It is going to be fun taggin along. Love the photo's. Keep that nice car between the ditches. That has been one of my favorite designs in the last few years.

  2. LOL, the giant is too cool! What a car! I love them, if I were to ever drive a car (not a truck) that is the car I would get. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and look forward to hearing more about it.

  3. Yes, I love the old abandoned parts of road, too. It makes me imagine how busy and full of traffic it was at one point. Now you see all the cars zipping by on the Interstate.

  4. This is too cool, and the car is so perfect for a long drive. The only time I like big cars is for long drives. I love the old gas stations. They have a few around here but they are all falling apart. Have fun!

  5. i've been to where the rte 66 sign is in chicago!

    thank you for sharing your trip with us-


  6. Glad you guys are having such a wonderful time!


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