Monday, July 25, 2011


Sunday, July 3rd, DeKalb, Illinois - We attended 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church, after a visit to Ellwood Mansion. Thanks again to Eileen from the Lincoln Inn for not only served us a great breakfast but also told us about Ellwood Mansion, how to get to St. Mary's and Mass schedule.
St. Mary's Church was built in 1861. There were about 30 families back then and 150 years later, the parish currently has about 1,300+ families. We had the privilege to share a special occassion of a baptism. The baby boy was named Gabriel Andrew. He was a good baby, slept soundly and did not make any noise during the entire sacrament. It was a special moment when Gabriel woke up, smiled, reached out to touch the priest's hand when he annointed his forehead with the oil of catechumens. After Mass, it was time to get back on the road. We passed thru Cortland, Maple Park, Elburn and then to Geneva about 1:30 p.m. We decided to get out the pastries and cookies that we have gotten after breakfast at the Lincoln Inn in DeKalb and enjoyed a short break from driving.

From IL38 in Geneva, we followed IL31 North to Batavia, Mooseheart, North Aurora and after Aurora, it was US 30 thru Plainfield and finally to Joliet, where Lincoln Highway and Route 66 briefly intersected.

From Joliet, we continued onto New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, Chicago Heights and Sauk Village, before crossing into Indiana.

The town of Dyer welcomed us to the Hoosier State. The marker (below photo) let us know that we were on the right track, still following Lincoln Highway. Sadly, after this marker, there was no more signs or any visible indications to help us navigate along the Lincoln Highway. Apparently, the people of Indiana did not care much about this famous highway in their towns.

After Dyer, we continued on US 30 thru Schererville, Merrilville and decided to stop for dinner at Michael's Diner. It was almost 7:00 p.m. when we finished the meals, so it was time to seek overnight accomodation.

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