Our plane landed 15 minutes early mid afternoon on Friday, although it felt like mid evening due to the time difference. We were surprised at the distance between our gate and the exit to the airport, it took around 20 minutes to walk it, but the queues for customs were almost nothing so we were out in the arrivals hall before we knew it.
The first thing we noticed about Chicago was it truly lives up to it’s name, It’s bloody windy in the narrow streets between the skyscrapers! We had decided that we had to sample the famous Chicago Deep Pan Pizza and ended up having takeaway pizza from one of the best restaurants in downtown and it was nothing like the version they sell in Sainsburys, it was amazing and I cannot wait to visit Chicago again to have some more.
After a broken nights sleep which saw us waking up on British time (2am over here!) we headed a diner which the customs officer had recommended to Dianne, called Lou Mitchell’s, which happens to be on Jackson Boulevard which is the start of Route 66 in Chicago! Next on our list was the Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) which is the 5th tallest building in the world and the tallest in North America.
We started our journey that afternoon and after an hour freaking out at driving in traffic and streets that rival New York city we made it onto Route 66 and headed to Springfield Illinois to our Motel 6 stopping at many nostalgic and retro sights along the way.
The next day after a filling breakfast at the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) we headed to our next destination which was Springfield Missouri! Most of the day it poured with rain and we ended up jumping onto the interstate to get to our hotel on time which was the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven (see my earlier post).
Today we have travelled for almost 9 hours and reached Oklahoma City where we are staying in a luxorious Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton which is worlds apart from the cheap motels we’ve been in the last 2 nights!
I’ve not had much chance to write and no Wifi for the last few days so I apologise if this post is more of a summary but I have lots of exciting pictures and videos to share upon my return (some of which I’ve already uploaded to my flickr which you’ll see on this site).