Day 03 - Thunderstorm on the Tower.

Sometimes things don't work the way you thought they were going to go.

Route 66 historically begins on Jackson St. in downtown Chicago. Jackson runs right thru the heart of the Financial District and right by the base of the Sears Tower. The only problem is that Jackson is now a one way street, and guess what, it goes the wrong direction. 

About a mile from the beginning of the road is a diner called Lou Mitchell's. Beth had read about it and thought it would be a fun place to begin our journey but we thought it may be be easier to avoid doing it with a car full of all our stuff and just head over there today and 'get it out of the way'.

So we grabbed a cab from our hotel. 7 bucks and a tip and we hopped out right in front of the diner. 

Oh crap, its Memorial Day, Lou Mitchell's is closed for the holiday. Well, next door we grabbed a couple donuts at 'yet another Dunkin Donuts' and then decided to just huff it back to the hotel. We don't mind walking on vacation which is really funny because, at home, we are the typical Californian who drives from one end of the parking lot to the other.

Being that we were passing right under the Sears Tower we decided to head up to the Sky Deck at the 103rd floor. They warned us that the visibility was only 5 miles in the lobby but we didn't think anything of it. At the top the rain started… then the lightning bolts, then the thunder claps. At 103 floors you are ABOVE a lot of the lightning… it turned out to be really cool. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a lightning bolt on video? Check it out at 37 seconds in on todays video update. (and yes Jeff Regan, you ARE seeing the effects of the rolling shutter)

We actually stayed on top for a long time. I took a lot of photos for people and we did the "stupid glass box of death", I think they call it something else, where you step out and can look straight down to the ground… not comfortable.

Then we headed down to the street and walked back to the hotel.

Nap time. Cut some video, process some pictures.

Then we get a call from the Borger's, our friends that moved to Illinois from California about a million years ago. They had seen we were here by reading the Facebooker and they invited us to dinner… and that is what we are doing next.

In the morning we'll get the Chrysler out of hock and load it up and hit the road.

Next stop, Bloomington Illinois.


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Reader Comments (5)

That's crazy that you were above the lightening and the shot with the rain coming in over the water is very cool

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Stennet

What's in Bloomington? You know Aunt Bess and Uncle Bill lived there and that is where I went almost every year unless she came here or sometimes we both visited each other

Her bridal shop is closed - I am sure of that. She lived at #1 Country Club Place in Bloomington.

Her daughter Terry Towers lives there now, and her grandson Jon lives there - Jon is Jon Kistner and works for the big car insurance company - as does Terry - what is it - the biggest and their home office is in Bloomington. I love Bloomington and it has the best friend chicken place in the world there - ouch - what is the name - you would love it.

Also you are really close to Dan and Marian. They live in Morton - and they would come to Bloomington to meet you for dinner, I am sure. Take them on me - as a gift. Tell him you are spending my winnings on the Derby. Smile. He will like that. They are not listed so if you want the info, call me. I can email it to you right now. Love you and enjoying your site.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick


Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

Ah, thunder and lightning! No trip to Illinois would be complete without a thunder storm -- even in mid July or August or even June!
I love the humid weather there. Once in a while it even gets that way in San Mateo. And a good ol' Chicago-style hotdog.
Keep having fun! Lucky.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Roehm

Ok, I stumbled upon the blog / triplog today, and have not got a bit of work done yet. I have spent much of my morning reserving books from the library, ordering a Pelican 1510, and emailing a buddy to plan our own Route 66 adventure. Thanks for the inspiration and for what I hope is a few more hours of enjoyable "loafing" on your site. I hope their are plenty of restaurant reviews!

Friday, July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRePhil

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