|2006 Illinois 66 Festival|
September 24, 2006
September 23, 2006
September 22, 2006
In spite of some rain, crossing the old bridge was wonderful. Equally wonderful was the fact that I was traveling with fellow roadies and loving it. Roadies like Ollie, Dee & Wes who I met at the bridge. At the festival, I spoke with people I knew of but had never met; Michael, Jerry, Ken, Drew, Jim. I had learned of the bridge opening from a Route 66 e-group I had recently joined on Yahoo and, at the last possible moment, I signed on to a breakfast meeting the group had planned. There I met more enthusiastic and friendly roadies; David, Jim, Mike, Laurel, Kip.
This year I'm going back and, once again, getting to drive over the Chain of Rocks is a big attraction. But I'm also going back for the people. In fact, it was learning of Wes & Dee's plans to attend that got me working on my own. I've attended two of the three national events held since the one in Springfield and have met most of the folks I've mentioned at least another time or two. The national event was in Albuquerque this year (That's the one I missed.) so not all those people will be in Springfield this time. But some will and there'll be some new folks, too.