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St Louis 2.28.09

My wife and I headed to Saint Lou-ee yesterday. Our main purpose for going was for the annual stamp expo. I was very pleased to acquire a few route 66 pictorial postmarks one for Hamel IL which had a car cruising along Route 66 and one for Collinsville IL it pictured the World's Largest Catsup Bottle. I will post a scan of each one to my photo page. After we left the stamp show we headed to Union Station to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe & do some shopping. I also had to get a few elogated… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on March 1, 2009 at 10:06pm — 1 Comment

St Louis Route 66 Festival Chain of Rocks Bridge 10.4.08

This is the first year for this annual festival which encompasses 2 states IL & MO via the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Also, it is the first time Wendy and I have been to the bridge. The weather was great high 70's, blue sky, and little to no wind. The bridge is 1 mile in length and we walked it twice. We arrived mid afternoon and started our trek from the Illinois side. On this side was the Illinois Route 66 Association table, a stage for the various speakers and musicians, a food vendor,… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on October 5, 2008 at 2:29pm — 3 Comments

7th Annual International Mother Road Festival Springfield IL 9.26-27.08


My wife, Wendy, came home on friday and suggested we go see the cruisers downtown! The weather was great and the bugs were a minimium. We found a parking spot and noticed my parents car. Charlie was excited to see Pa-Pa. Caught part of Butch Wax's set, as well as a very good alt rock cover band on another stage. There were a lot of cars for the first night, we didn't even see them all. At night is pretty cool because of the LED & NEON lights on the vehicles. Charlie really liked… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on September 28, 2008 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Sherman IL Sesquicentennial (150th) Celebration 9.20.08

We went North to Sherman IL on the good ol' mother road. The main events were right on Route 66 just past the Sangamon River. It kicked off the a parade that had several Model T's. There were arts and crafts vendors, a pioneer village reenactment camp on the property of a village founder's Flagg, a small scale car show, and of course food. My main purpose for attending was to obtain the special commemorative postmark & envelope for the event. I had proposed a route 66 themed postmark last… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on September 28, 2008 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Lincoln IL Balloon & Art Festival 8.23.08

I have once again figured out a way to trek along my favorite decommishioned highway with my family. We headed towards Lincoln on a steamy 90 plus degree day. Since I had Wendy riding shotgun, she was able to snap some pictures on the way there and back from our Blue Vue, which should have a license plate of VUERT66. I really enjoy Lincoln historic downtown buildings. First I stopped off at the Postville Courthouse, a official Route 66 attraction, while Charlie was sleeping and Wendy took a… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on August 24, 2008 at 10:48am — No Comments

Funk's Grove IL visit 8.16.08

We were going to East Troy WI on Saturday to go to a concert and to Milwaukee to go The Safehouse, a spy themed restraurant on Sunday. On the way there I took advantage of driving and headed off I55 to route 66. We stopped in at Funks Grove Sirup Farm to pick up a few bottles of sirup before they ran out. Usually, when I am driving that way they are sold out and it is out of season. I picked up the newest and possibly last issue of Route Pulse, a route 66 t shirt for my 2 year old, and a couple… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on August 18, 2008 at 11:42am — No Comments

Late Lunch at the Cozy Dog 7/19

I took the 9th st and 6th st alignment to the Cozy Dog today for 2 purposes today. The first was to pick up a couple of Bob Waldmire's postcards for a trade. The second was to have a Cozy Dog, vinegar fries, and a Route 66 Cream Soda for lunch. Imagine my surprise when I pull in and see Fillmore's cousin sitting in the parking lot. Bob was there in the corner booth by the door engrossed in writing back to friends. I enjoyed my meal while admiring Ed Waldmire's book collection. I ventured over… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on July 19, 2008 at 10:09pm — 1 Comment

Today's trip to Henry's Ra66it Ranch

This afternoon I went to Staunton to meet Rich for the 1st time. His place is GR8! He has some good stories and I spent a hour and a half chatting. Rich was nice enough to autograph my map & affix his Ra66it Ranch rubber stamp. I also took the opportunity to get 4 more postmarks for my map: Mount Olive, Litchfield, Farmersville, and Divernon. I picked up some nice postcards for my growing collection, a few buttons/pins, Emily Priddy's book Route 66 for Kid's, etc. I tooked about 30… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on July 10, 2008 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Litchfield Route 66 Cruise 6/21

My wife Wendy and I made it to the festival about 2 pm today. It was perfect weather for a car show. We headed to Victory Lane Ford and snap some pix of Bigfoot, Lightning McQueen, and Tow Tater in the parking lot. Next we went in to the AAAAA area. Met some really great people face to face including the 4 Ladies on the Route, Laurel Kane, Michael Wallis, David Clarke, David Wickline, Bob Waldmire (2nd time), and well as more from the E group & Route66People. I was able to purchase some… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on June 21, 2008 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Day trip May 28

I gathered the fam together today to indulge my route 66 fix. I am still working on my postmark collection for Illinois 66 towns. My plan was to get 26 postmarks today, that did not happen. As usual I missed a turn or two. A couple of the postoffice windows were closed for lunch and we eat lunch and went to The Coliseum. Also, we needed to let Charlie our 21 month old toddler stretch his legs and get out of the car seat. He had fun walking the putt putt course at the Coliseum, especially the… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on May 28, 2008 at 10:38pm — No Comments

visit with Ernie Edwards 3.19.08

Yesterday, I was able to cruise over to Broadwell and sit with Ernie for the first time. It is unforutnate that I was unable to see the Pig Hip when it was still there. I am new to Route 66 culture and icons. I think I heard the abreviated version of his life. It was really nice. He graciously signed my map and posed for a picture with his tall chef's hat cocked jauntily to the side. I purchased his book and can not wait to dive in after I finish my current book. I am an Elongated Coin… Continue

Added by Josh Friedrich on March 20, 2008 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Trip to Kankakee

I headed to Kankakee yesterday to attend a presentation on Route 66 by John and Lenore Weiss. I cruised from Springfield to Dwight on Route 66 then took 17 to Kankakee. I was able to add 6 postmarks to my project they were: Elkhart, Lincoln, Atlanta, Shirley, Bloomington, and Normal. I had planned on getting 2 more but I ran out of time. I did not take into cosideration the wait time at the postoffices, missing a turn in Bloomington, and of course stopping for pictures. The presentation was…


Added by Josh Friedrich on January 13, 2008 at 9:31pm — No Comments


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