Since shortly after leaving Dixon we’ve been the southern part of the Chicago area along the Historic Lincoln, better known these days as US-30 but in Joliet the US-30 bridge over the Des Plaines River is closed. We detoured onto IL-54 and discovered we were on Historic Route 66! If we’d been taking The Mother Road, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, from LA, we be almost to the eastern terminus which incidentally is at its intersection with US-41. But we have miles to go before we sleep and from here we’ll take the most expeditious route to our destination in Indiana, hopefully Indiana Dunes State Park.

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