Country Inn & Suites. Our initial stop was to see a large clock on the Riverwalk area which to my dismay I did not get to wander around too much since it was raining - but the area looked beautiful and the people were so friendly.
We headed East toward a town called Atlanta, Illinois to see a Beardless Paul Bunyan on what used to be part of Route 66. What is interesting is that Paul Bunyan is a common character in Minnesota, but he was a familar piece of Americana on Route 66 back in the day and there were and still are several statues of him along the Route. Here we saw a massive statue of him holding a hot dog in a bun, which normally in our area he is portrayed with his axe and Babe, his blue ox.
What was on the menu? Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and something called Ponyshoes. I ordered the meatloaf because I wanted to find out how this area prepared their version. It was thick and homey, and served with mashed potatoes and loaded with gravy! It was studded with grated Vidalia onion and sage - YUM!
Our next destination took us to a little town called Mount Olive and another part of Route 66 - one of the original Soulsby's Shell Gas Stations on the Route which still stands today and is maintained. It was interesting to see something of that age still upheld and appreciated - you can never know where you are going unless you see where you have been. The vintage gas pumps were nostalgic of a time when life was simpler - easier.
Onward to our last stop of the day and to our resting place, Country Inn & Suites - St. Charles, MO. What a beautiful building and location. As usual, the bedding is sublime - supreme comforters and amazing pillows. I seriously have bedding like this in my own home - it's that nice!
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