Pontiac Illinois

Rookies on the Road – Wisconsin to Kentucky

May 25, 2021

For the first night of our maiden voyage to Lexington Kentucky, we spent the night parked in front of City Hall in Pontiac, IL . We are members of Harvest Hosts, and the Tourism Department in the City of Pontiac just happens to be one of the many hosts. We arrived around 7:45pm on a Tuesday night in late May and most businesses were closed already. However, after getting the RV settled, we had time to walk a few blocks for a quick dinner.

We chose David’s Foods and Spirits, a small restaurant 4 or 5 blocks west of City Hall on Howard Street. The streets were quiet and well lit. Staff was starting cleanup for the evening, but welcomed us with a “Hi Folks!” when we opened the door. The owner “David” even came by to chat asking where we were from/going and the usual questions about my accent.We split a 1/4 fried chicken plate that included salad, baked potato and bread. Potato was dry (it was closing time), but salad was fresh and chicken was crisp, hot and delicious. Service was great and prices reasonable. The walk back to the RV was quiet and uneventful.

Our accomodations were nestled between the Police/Public Safety/Fire Department and a large funeral home. We shared the parking lot with a couple commercial vehicles and one other car. The lot was open and there was a good breeze blowing through. Other than the occasional vehicle and hourly clock tower chimes, the night was relatively quiet as one would expect from this sleepy little town. When we awoke, it had rained and temps were comfortable.

Wednesday morning, we walked east and south to Madison Street Family Restaurant for breakfast. The cafe was retro with a lunch counter and tables and a few locals were eating and catching up. One waitress served them all and knew most by name. She welcomed us with a big smile and hot, fresh coffee. Dave had raisin french toast and I had traditional breakfast with gravy and biscuit. Again, the food was hot, delicious and affordable. Service was quick and the waitress was friendly.

Pontiac has a rich Route 66 history and shares a love of Abe Lincoln who was once stranded there in a blinding snow storm with 10ft drifts according to local legend. Many of the buildings have some cool murals painted on them depicting local history and a “Beverly Hillbillies” style RV made from an old school bus. You can take a tour of the murals, visit several museums or do some vintage shopping in this quaint historical town.We give Pontiac, it’s people, hospitality and charm five stars. In Pontiac you can “get your kicks on Route 66.”

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