The famous Launching Pad diner, with my ride for the next 3 weeks parked outside.
aka the Gemini Giant. These large fibreglass statues were used a lot to advertise businesses in the 30s and 40s. They were often for auto repair shops, and were holding a silencer or other car part, hence they became known as Muffler Men.
Build in 1932, this was the gas station that pumped gas for the longest time on Route 66. Recently restored, but no longer selling gas, now a gift shop.
Getting my kicks!
Close up of a pump. If only petrol still cost 33.9c per gallon now!
Marathon Oil gas station, Dwight, IL
A strange little take-away coffee shop - sadly not open when I was passing
Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
Another restored gas station from the 30s
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Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
With my bike
Route 66 roadtrip Day01 Chicago to Bloomington, IL
Nigel Smith
Author: Nigel Smith (ID: 11379)
Posted: 2011-04-19 23:39 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 149.23 km
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Tags: Travel, Biking, Motorcycling, Route 66
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The first day of my Route 66 motorcycle trip. I actually rode from Chicago, but forgot to turn on the tracker until later.

Launching Pad
The famous Launching Pad diner, with my ride for the next 3 weeks parked outside.
Launching Pad Muffler Man
aka the Gemini Giant. These large fibreglass statues were used a lot to advertise businesses in the 30s and 40s. They were often for auto repair shops, and were holding a silencer or other car part, hence they became known as Muffler Men.
Marathon Oil gas station, Dwight, IL
Build in 1932, this was the gas station that pumped gas for the longest time on Route 66. Recently restored, but no longer selling gas, now a gift shop.
Getting my kicks!
Marathon Oil gas station, Dwight, IL
Close up of a pump. If only petrol still cost 33.9c per gallon now!
Marathon Oil gas station, Dwight, IL
Coffee stop, Dwight, IL
A strange little take-away coffee shop - sadly not open when I was passing
Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
Another restored gas station from the 30s
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Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
Standard Oil gas station, Odell, IL
With my bike
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