Get a caffeine kick on Route 66

Java Stop, Dwight Illinois, on historic Route 66 (Scarborough photo)I’ve got Midwest road trips on my mind.

While you’re cruising past the vintage advertising art or maybe the giant Hot Dog Man in Illinois, a quick cup of coffee might seem like a good idea.

You don’t want anybody dozing off on the highway (especially since hours of looking at cornfields can get a little, um, tiresome.)

Pull off of Route 66 or the Interstate — they are in parallel for a big chunk of Illinois — and grab a cuppa Joe at the Java Stop in tiny Dwight, Illinois.

Hey, the Peoria Peepers like it!

Restored gas station, Route 66, Dwight Illinois (Scarborough photo)

This coffee shop is actually two railroad cars stacked on top of one another and painted with a cool logo.

The little kitchen inside is stocked with coffee/smoothie-making paraphernalia, and also provided with air conditioning for the nice, friendly lady who runs the espresso machine.

The drinks menu is pretty extensive and the coffee is tasty.

Just across the street is a restored gas station; symbol of the heyday of Route 66 in these parts. Since there’s no place to drink your coffee inside Java Stop, you might as well wander over and take a look at the old pumps while you sip.

Chicago’s just 70 miles away….and you’re 50 miles from Normal.

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