DEPART: 6:09 AM
ARRIVE: 10:40 PM (9:45 MILES IN 4 HOURS AND 31 MINUTES (GROSS)
AVG SPEED: 2.09 M. P. H.
Thanks to all who participated in day three.
6:17a Depart Walgreen's parking lots at US 30 & ILL 43. Uneventful march to Frankfort. Light Labor Day Traffic helps on narrow road.
7:15a Get into Frankfort early. Town is asleep. (I believe that Frankfort Fest is to be that day.) Decide to depart early.
7:30a Depart Road to take bike / hiking path between Locust and Hackberry where original alignment (if not pavement) of Linclon Highway has been half asphalted over to smooth out trail surface.
7:45a Encounter my official East End photographer, Art Schweitzer, Indiana LHA member. Art and I gab a while then take pictures of each other.
8:15ish Stop for pit stop at Gas City gas station / convenience store. Introduce myself and my quest to cashiers. Leave maps, etc. They had no clue that US 30 in front of their place was a National Scenic Byway until they read about the march in the Joliet News Herald. They offer free drinks, but I pass. Wished me well.
8:45a Unidentified police officer (Indiana plates) slows down on US 30 and asks me If I am the "Mad Hatter" Guy? I reply in affirmative and he and I carry on conversation through passing traffic. He asks how my feet are holding up. Wishes me well. Later a couple also pull over on the other side of the road and back up (scary) and just ask if I am that "dude" walking across the State? I reply yes, and they just shake their heads and said, "Well, good luck, keep on truckin'" and take off.
9:15-9:45a Greeted at Lincolnway High School by Darrell Holmquist, Western Civilization history teacher. Darrell was instrumental in moving the historic 1928 Lincoln Highway cement marker to its present location of honor near the entrance. Art Schweitzer documents arrival and tour of the LW HS grounds, given by Mr. Holmquist. Tour includes stop at marker in front of tree planted in 2000 in honor of the only known Lincolnway H. S. student killed in Viet Nam. (An Army PFC, name unrecalled, but will get from D. Holmquist later.) Although my ex brother in-law had offered to go out of his way to pick me up after a business meeting in Oak Lawn, Art Schweitzer offers to drive me back to IL 43 & US 30. I call Gene and tell him "you're off the hook thanks to Art."
9:45a-10:40a Darrell Holmquist marches along with me from Lincolnway High School all the way to US 30 and Cedar Road. We gab up a storm about the Lincoln Highway, history, sociology, politics and a whole other array of topics. And, he did find a quarter in the gravel along the way and gave it to me. I now have 26 cents to Ed Potash's $20. Before I know it, we're at Cedar Road.
10:40a - 11:00a Art Schweitzer takes some pictures of Darrell and I and then drives me back to my starting point. (Art was once an early TV repair man, back in the early forties and fifties and we had fun gabbing along the way about that and other things.)
11:00a Get in car. Drive Home and crash.
Get back up about 8:30p; send e-mail to IDOT about procedures to be followed in my absence. Pack up for next day and head to Ramada Inn Limited in Joliet to crash again. Room there was provided by Ross Ament, Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau. Thanks Ross the digs are great.
FOR THOSE WHO WERE THERE, PLEASE E-MAIL ME CORRECTIONS OF NAMES AND FILL IN THE BLANKS ON ANYTHING I LEFT OUT.
SINCE I DO NOT HAVE LAPTOP OR REMOTE E-MAILING CAPABILITY FOR CERTAIN LEGS OF THIS JOURNEY, I WILL BE ISSUING BULLETINS IN THE FUTURE AND UPDATES IF, WHEN AND WHERE POSSIBLE.
Next day's walk. Previous day's walk.
Tom McAvoy (Mad Mac)
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You can no longer participate, with Tom, on his walk across Illinois but his "march along" schedule shall remain here, for the time being.
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