ULOG September 5, 2018 - 2 of the "World's Largest"

in ulog •  14 days ago

Hi all,
We left out Tuesday evening after work to Zion, IL. This is the wife's 6th year cancer free. She fought like a girl but kicked cancer's butt. Woohoo! We are all settled in the hotel, ready to get a good night's sleep for the full day of testing tomorrow. If all goes well, we won't have to come back for 5 years next time. After treatment, we came twice a month, then monthly, then every other month, then every 6 months, then every year.

We always try to make lemonade out of lemons.

This trip we saw 2 of the World's Largest...

World's Largest Pacman!

I have put many a quarter into Pacman and Ms. Pacman machines. I even bought the book and could get through many levels. I never made it all the way.

  • This was a very special Pacman!
    • It is (claims to be) the World's Largest Pacman.
      • The screen was floor to ceiling.

I hope to play it on the way home when we aren't so rushed...

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World's Largest Truck Stop

This was not a first for either of us. I drove truck for about 10 years, about 1 million chargeable accident miles. I used to stop in here quite often. We didn't always have time every time we passed it, but if we did, it was a great truck stop to stop our truck at!

It was sunny, so I couldn't see the phone screen, so this isn't lined up the greatest, but...
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This is a nice little display of what an gas station of old looked like...
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Interesting facts about I-80 and I-80 Truck Stop...
Did you know?

  • I-80 is the 2nd longest Interstate in the U.S.
    2900 miles from Teaneck, NJ to San Francisco, CA.
  • Iowa 80 Truckstop opened in 1964
    and has never closed since.
  • Iowa 80 serves an average of 5,000 customers / day.
  • Each July since 1979 they celebrate America's Truckers.
    Walcott Trucker's Jamboree
    • I've been to several of these!

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Trucking Facts

  • The average long haul truck driver drives 100,000 miles per year.
  • If you got it,
    a truck brought it.
  • There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S.
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That is a real semi truck you see in the background of this picture. This is inside the truck store!
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I'm a journeyman lineman, so got a kick out of this pic from back before bucket trucks were invented...
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Just another truck inside the truck stop.
This is a restored 1947 Power Wagon...
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This is a close up of the semi above...

2 more inside semi's (without trailers this time) used to show off their great chrome shop and custom parts store...
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Here's one reason this place is so popular with truckers...

  • Showers (most truckstops have these)
  • Theater (most truckstrops have at least a TV room, but this is theater seating in a mini-theater!)
  • Barber (Very few have these)
  • Dentist (This is the only truckstop I know of with a dentist. I have used him a couple of times and he did a fine job and wasn't outrageous with what he charged.)
  • Public Laundry (This is pretty standard at the larger truckstops)
  • Chiropractor (Only 1 of 2 truckstops I know that has one of these available)

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Here's the sign by the highway to look for if you ever want to stop and check it out...
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Look at what's under this roof:

  • Wendys
  • DQ
  • Pizza Hut
  • Taco Bell
    • Plus they have a great buffet and diner.
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Here's the front (facing the Interstate) of the building.
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The trip has been enjoyable so far.

I hope you're having a great day, too!

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Congratulations to your wife and to you! I'm watching my daughter and son in law tick off those months moving toward the first year treatment free. It's always pulling at the mind.

I have a fond spot in my heart for truckstops. We tend to sleep in or car there from time to time.

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