Day 3 Joliet, IL to Pontiac, IL
801 S Deerfield Road
Pontiac, IL 61764
Last Night Jim K asked all of us if we realized that we had met local royalty in Chicago, IL and we all looked at him and said who? After some wild guesses he took pity on us and informed us that the homeless person that we had gone out of our way to avoid becasue he was obnoxious turned out to be none other than 'Shakespeare Man'. according to the article in the magazine that Jim had been reading, 'the street-level proselytizer outside of Yolk is so well-know he is a check-in spot on the popular Foursquare app. He is 64-year old Elijah Attala Ayers Muvla, a.k.a. the Shakespeare Man, who has beem standing outside of Yolk Restaurant in the Sourth Side Loop for the last seven years. He offers his own courtly greetings and pearls of wisdom and he speaks in Elizabethan English.
Today we traveled thorugh some really quaint small towns as we made our way to Pontiac, IL
For many years, Route 66 (and later Route 129) crossed a railroad line and a creek via a bowstring arch bridge south of Braceville. Route 53 on the south side of the railroad line did not cross anything, so there was only one bridge on the northern highway. The two state highways travelled parallel to each other form several miles. In 1994 the arch bridge was closed off and was eventually moved in 2000.
All the riders came in late today because of the strong headwind. Happy Hour, which was held in the lobby of the Super 8 Pontiac was extended so all could participate until the manager asked us to leave. Oh well, I have been thrown out of better places....