This mornings post comes to you from the National House Inn in Marshall, Michigan, a special treat for my dearest friend. It is a token of my heartfelt appreciation for her support, prayers, assistance, and incredible patience with some pretty crazy adventures such as the one we are on now – 9.5 days for driving from Kingman to Michigan and back again while visiting as many friends as possible, and promoting the new book, The Route 66 Encyclopedia. 
Of course this includes the public debut at the long anticipated Cuba Fest in Cuba, Missouri, an event that seems to have morphed into a major gathering of Route 66 enthusiasts. To ensure the schedule is full we are also gathering information and photographs for another book that has a deadline of March.
I often quip that my dearest friend will be up for sainthood next year as that will mark three decades of her patience with my crazy adventures Now you may have a better understanding  of why I say this.
Okay, a couple of quick updates since the last post. Mr. C’s near Lebanon, this is a must stop and as a bonus, while supplies last they have signed copies of my books.
For basic lodging on a budget the Carlinvilla in Carlinville and the Baxter Springs Inn in Baxter Springs are good choices. They are clean and quiet which are the primary components for making me happy after a very long day on the road.
I am pleased to report that Rich Henry and Big Red are fit and happy. They are also quite busy as group after group stopped to bask in the unique atmosphere of an attraction that captures the essence of the old road. After Big Red signed a calendar for my wife, we hit the road.
I have much more to share but it is time to take to the road again as we are off to see my dad before turning our sights on Pontiac, Illinois. However, before I do a recommendation must be made for lunch at the Palms Grill in Atlanta. Value, good food, and an almost complete immersion in a time capsule from the 1940s make this a must stop.
The last note of the day pertains to last evenings lodging. Dating to 1835 this old inn is truly a delight. I am quite sure breakfast here will be most delightful.
Stay tuned for more details –

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