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Clocking 666 in the Rain, Traveling Through Bourbon.

November the 6th and its the day after the Caverns and were heading off to Springfield. We had a lovely nights stay in the Baymont Inn near Sullivan, had a great pool and jacuzzi to warm up as the nights are getting cold. Today though its raining and after traveling just a couple of hours I was socked to the bone. We headed on through a place called Bourbon where stopped to photograph Gary bike reaching its 666 miles. I could barely use my fingers taking this photo.A few miles on and my street bob reached its 666 miles 

An hour onwards we lunched at the waffle Pittstop for a well earned warm up, then onwards again, this time the skys were dry as we headed into Springfield…

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Jesse James and Meramec Caverns

Meramec Cavern was next on our road side attractions for the route 66, famous for the Hideout of the famous Jesse James.

Thankfully another dry day for us to set off from The Arch, heading west on the 66. After a long day of riding we made it to The Meramec Caverns behold what a sight to be seen! I have to say this has been my most memorable experience so far. The caverns were used as a hide out, for the train robber Jessie James, and earlier as a shelter for the Indians. These caverns stretch for 26 miles underground, holding complex mineral formations, some of which took millions of years to grow, and they are so beautiful. The guided tours are excellent and give you all the information you need to know. I also found this interesting blog on the real life story of Jesse James who could have been  J. James Dalton (Jesse James)

More on Meramec Caverns and the Jesse James Museum.

Its the first time I have seen caves like this and I was totally stunned, its so beautiful inside. They have this Cathedral room with an amazing light show pictured below. There were 200,000 bats that lived down in these caves originally, along with snakes, scorpions, spiders, salamanders, blind cave fish etc….

When I took this, we were towards the end of our tour and the mineral formations were getting larger and more colourful thanks to their lighting effects, truly beautiful. This room was called the garden. I forgot to mention that it is 60 degrees inside the caves all year round. Its in these caves too that they have the worlds largest onyx mountain… cool…

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The Chain of Rocks Bridge Illinois and Missouri State side of the Bridge

Gary The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The bridge was completed in 1929, after which it shortened travel time between St. Louis, Missouri and Edwardsville, Illinois. The bridge is 5,353 feet long and is one of the longest continuous steel truss bridges in the country. One of the most distinctive features of the Chain of Rocks Bridge is the 22-degree bend in the middle.

The Chain of Rocks Bridge became a part of Route 66 in 1936 and was used until 1968 when the alternative toll-free bridge was opened. The Chain of Rocks Bridge was due for demolition, but it was considered too expensive thanks to the poor value of scrap metal in the mid-seventies. Some of you may reconise the bridge from the John Carpenter Sci-Fi Film, “Escape From New York”.

Me in Illinois 

Gary on the Missouri Side

Ready Set Go Launching Pad Here We Come

Its the morning of our departure from Naperville, were all loaded and and were off to famous cafe known as The Launching Pad. 

Many of you have useD this cafe as a starting point for traveling Route 66, to fill up with breakfast and fuel before starting departing on your historic journey… A nice cup of coffee to warm us up as winter will be chasing us westwards.

It was here in Wilmington illnois that we came across the Gemini Giant, a large fiberglass “muffler man” of the 1960’s era. It was during this time that these colossal men could be found all over America, holding all manner of “tools” in their hands from mufflers, to hot dogs, to axes, and more. This one has an outer space theme for the nearby Launching Pad cafe.