Fun on Route 66 & Beyond

Sometimes it is fun just to take off and turn a duty trip into a fun one. It was my husband Keith’s birthday and we had an oil change in Collinsville, Illinois, after that we were as they say on American Pickers, freewheeling!

Keith wanted Barbecue so we did what I always advise travelers to do, ask the locals what the best place around is. The answer Wood Fire & Smoke Wood Fired Kitchen in Troy. This was just a hop, skip and jump away so off we went.

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We loved this BBQ joint.

The food was awesome, Keith got his pulled pork and I had a great turkey fajita! Good for me and not so heavy.

Next he wanted to troll antiques. What better place than the Pink Elephant Antique Mall which is the former Livingston High school. Here over 50 dealers fill the former school.

The Twistee Treat Diner is there along with a plethora of Route 66 items kept me happy snapping pictures for a long time. Inside there was also a wonderful new fudge shop where Keith and I took off with some of the best chocolate walnut fudge I’ve ever had.

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Love this icon of Route 66

Next stop was for me. I love roadside stops and memorials. The stop was the lovely Veteran’s Memorial in Livingston. This was a tribute to all War veterans.

Our last stop was at Country Classic Cars where we walked through the buildings and perused the lovely antique cars. A game we play is ‘what is your favorite?’ and we both settled on a lovely jeep, although there are several we would have loved to take home!


I also loved the beautiful hood ornaments. Such art!

hood ornament

Other sights along the way were a farmer cutting hay and so much more. What trips have you taken lately, just free wheeling?