Power Tour version of crop circles.
These marks mysteriously appeared during the night
|Not scary looking at all.|
On the way out of a town called Pana, Illinois, there is a giant hand with painted fingernails laying in the grass. We all got a good look at it because it was right there that we stopped to check out a noise from the front of the Acadian at low speeds. It ended up just being a noisy control arm bushing, so we pressed on.
|Hunting noises. Tour On!!|
After Pana, we passed through Ohlman, IL where the locals set up a burnout box at a stop sign and posted a hand painted "Burnout HERE" sign. Once the smoke cleared, we kept cruising along the route.
|Signs, signs, everywhere signs, blocking up the scenery and burning up tires|
|The water in the road is not from rain|
We then passed by a huge barn in a cornfield and saw some cars stopped in front of it. As we passed I saw the nose of an F-4 Phantom fighter jet poking out. Tara, Ken, Bryson and I decided to turn around to get a closer look. It was part of a POW museum and they are restoring it for display. We talked to the guy who said that government de-militarized the plane by cutting it into 9 pieces in order to ensure it would never fly again.
We took advantage of the photo opportunity and then headed onto our lunch stop-- Weezy's on Old Route 66 in Hamel, IL. It was a small place covered in "Route-66-abilia." The fried chicken special was really good, but not as good as the Home Town Café's in Lineville.
|It's a twister! (not quite)|
|We are on the right path|
|No drone needed|
|Manmade, but shade nonetheless|
|John Smith's real car is a SuperStock HEMI Tribute|
After a few happy hour cocktails and food, Tim, Tim, Tim, Lori, Lori (seriously, we have multiples of each), Ted, Tara and I went across the street to the Gateway Arch. We had planned to take the ride up to the top. Except for Lori who's afraid of heights. When we got there, the Arch was under renovations and only one tram was running and it was sold out for the rest of the day. The museum was closed, too. Lori promptly claimed we had convinced her to ride up, but, alas she could not because it was sold out. It's still a cool view from below.
The museum was closed, but I am told Lewis and Clark built this Arch as a way to find their way