2017 annual Illinois governor’s
ride to travel Route 66 from Chicagoland to Springfield on Sept. 23
Will come through downtown Lincoln with
stop planned at the Mill on 66
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[September 19, 2017]
Bruce Rauner and fellow motorcycle enthusiasts are traveling Route
66 again this year for the annual “Governor’s Ride to Springfield”
on Saturday, September 23rd. The ride will depart from two suburban
Chicago locations and travel Route 66 to Springfield, with scheduled
stops in Dwight, Lexington, Lincoln and Springfield. The DuKane and
Lincoln Land A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois chapters are the official
escorts for the ride.
The ride departs from two locations at 9:30am - Illinois Harley
Davidson in the route 66 community of Countryside, and Fox River
Harley Davidson in St. Charles. The ride cost is $10.00 which will
be matched by the Rauner family foundation and donated to registered
501c3 Veterans organizations. The Boy Scouts will offer a pancake
breakfast at Illinois Harley and Fox River Harley from 730am to
915am for a $5 donation.
The ride departs from two additional locations as well. Participants
can join the ride at 10am in Dwight, IL at the historic
Ambler-Becker Texaco station across the street, where they will be
greeted by the Texaco station attendant and 50s-era poodle skirt
In Lexington, the Governor’s Ride will be traveling along historic
Memory Lane to the Veterans Monument on Main
Street. Estimated time of arrival is 11:55am, and participants can
join the ride from Lexington as well.
"The last Governor to set foot in Lexington was
Charles Denenn in July of 1908. So, you can only imagine the
excitement in the air concerning Governor Bruce Rauner's visit to
our community. We look forward to showing him and all the riders why
Lexington is a great place to visit, and a better place to live,"
said Lexington Mayor Spencer Johansen.
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After fueling at the Dixie Truck Stop in McLean, the next stop is
at The Mill on 66, the newly-opened Route 66 museum in Lincoln IL, at approx.
2:15pm. The motorcycle tour will take the original alignment of Route 66 through
downtown Lincoln on the way to The Mill, which is also the home of the Salt
Creek A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois chapter memorial display. Ice cold water will
be provided for free to all riders, courtesy of Culligan Water of
Lincoln and the Logan County Tourism Bureau. Salt Creek A.B.A.T.E. chapter
members will be on hand to greet the riders and assist with parking.
The Governor’s Ride will then head to Springfield for the overnight stop at the
Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Governor will lead a contingency to the
International Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield. They will visit the
Travel Illinois Expo and sign the Annual Route 66 Car Hood at the Illinois Route
66 Scenic Byway tent. At the completion of the ride there will be food,
beverages and live entertainment.
Bill Kelly, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, noted that
“the Governor is a great supporter of Route 66 and we’re looking forward to the
riders joining us at the Mother Road Festival.”
The Governor's Ride is a fully state and local police escorted ride down
historic Route 66, honoring Veterans along the way.
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway]