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Tourists - Tully Monsters - Tall Grass Prairies
Back again after a short break in our adventures on Route 66. We hope you enjoy our accumulation of thoughts about the “Mother Road”. We recently have been made aware of the renewed interest in the history of Route 66 by the national and local news media and the human interest stories that appear regularly on T.V. And newspapers. Here in Illinois our congratulations to all of the staff and Mr. Bill Kelly of the “Illinois Mile After Magnificent Mile” publication of the 2016 issue of the Visitor's Guide If you haven't got a copy, get one to assist in all of your enjoyment of Illinois 66 and all the attractions it offers. Here are a few!! Along the Route 66/53 portion of the road in Wilmington sits the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Arriving there will be 30 to 35 bison that will graze upon 1,200 acres. This is in an effort to foster restoration efforts of the prairie which was the former site of the Joliet Arsenal. Several Route 66 restaurants hope to be serving bison burgers soon!!!

Also along the Route66/53 portion sits the site of the area South of Braidwood where the Tully Monster fossil was discovered in 1957 embedded in rock. The Monsters are in the Mazonia fossil beds. Illinois is the only state which has a state fossil – designated so in 1989. Another first for Route 66. This year is already several months into the “Kruzin” year and we invite all to take advantage of the events upcoming all summer and fall long. Please take that ride you have promised to do and support our 66 communities. Here are a few of the upcoming events – The Red Carpet Corridor – May 7-8 – Joliet to Towanda – many, many activities planned by the communities. The Blue Carpet Corridor – June 11th and 12th – Chatham to Collinsville – 19 communities will participate. The Route 66 Association of Illinois annual Motor Tour - June 10, 11 & 12th. Also our good friends at the Czech Route 66 plan two tours this spring. The first one will start on May 5th from Chicago to L.A. With 25 people and second from L.A. To Chicago with 14 people. They can be contacted at www.R66CZ. We will again, of course, be assisting them during their tours of Route 66 in Illinois. We always look forward to meet lst time visitors who enjoy the same style road adventures as we do. The Route 66 BUG is alive in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and many countries around the world. We love our international tourists.!!!

On sad note – once again we offer our sincere condolences to the family of Laurel Kane (Afton Station) Oklahoma after hearing of her death. We will sure miss her and her always smiling face. So much dedication to the road. Also, in Oklahoma, Aubrey McClendon, the owner of “Pops” the soda pop attraction in Arcadia. This establishment and it's unusual idea and visual brings in many from around the world to see and take in displays of all the sodas from near and far. Lastly, and really sadly, one woman who was one of the classiest we knew – Fran Edwards – widow of Ernie (the old Coot) owners of the Pig Hip in Broadwell. Our 66 trips were never complete without a stop to hug and renew our friendship with them.

We hope to meet you along the road – watch for us in our '57” Chevys and safely wave to us. One thing we know for sure is how friendly most are as they travel our favorite road. You know our motto - “If You Don't Go – You Won't Know”. This is also our closely held truth.

Kruzin' with the Bileckis by Marty and Geri Bilecki, April 7, 2016