A good night’s sleep, an early alarm call, quick breakfast, bags in the truck, and off at 8am – again with a Sheriff’s escort – to EagleRider Berwyn to pick up our bikes.

Bedlam at Berwyn! The scene as the Irish 66ers claim their bikes - Sean Tynan entering on left

Bedlam at Berwyn! The scene as the Irish 66ers claim their bikes - Sean Tynan entering on left

Wow! Mine is a beauty – shiny, glossy black, a RoadGlide! Great Harley noise! Cruise control and a radio / CD!

On your bike, Brian O'Kane!

On your bike, Brian O'Kane!

Despite forecasts, the weather held up – until we were about a mile from EagleRider and then the rain came. Quick stop to put on rain suits – that’s why Tony insisted we bring them. And back on the road – where, after a near mishap on my part with a red light, Declan and I got separated from the rest of our group – NO, we were NOT lost! We followed the rules and pulled into the next gas station to wait for rescue. It came in the form of one of the support vehicles, with Mick and Jackie at the helm. They said “Follow us”, so we did. Two stops and several phone calls, we were reunited! Everyone safe, and some lessons learnt.


Out of Chicago on Route 66, with a brief lunch stop / photo opportunity at The Launching Pad.

With the Joly Green Giant at The Launching Pad, our lunch stop

With the Jolly Green Giant at The Launching Pad, our lunch stop

Then on again, into rural Illinois – flat doesn’t begin to describe it!
Another stop for coffee and then a quick run on the Interstate to Springfield, where the Route 66 Hotel, showers and dinner awaited. Most welcome!

Route 66 is the narrow road on the right, with the newer InterState highway running alongside

Route 66 is the narrow road on the right, with the newer InterState highway running alongside

But, as road captain Gerry Barry reminded us, we have only covered 200 miles – there are 2,200 more to go still! So it’s up on the bikes again in the morning and off to Springfield, this time in Missouri – 300+ miles away. The best is yet to come!

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