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Six sixteenths down, and a visit to the City of Broad Shoulders « 16Springfields

Six sixteenths down, and a visit to the City of Broad Shoulders

Avi again. Long day today, but action-packed….

Our last post marked our departure from unincorporated Springfield, Wisconsin, and the beginning of our journey to the Land of Lincoln city perhaps most proud of the 16th president — and our sixth Springfield of the trip.

But we couldn’t go straight there. Just off the route in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, we stopped at the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean warehouse tour and factory. Time was tight, but we climbed aboard the bean-bedecked tram, put on our paper hats (FDA mandated), and saw a series of videos describing how Ronald Reagan’s favorite candies are made.

10 pounds of Belly Flops (and $28.80) later, we were out the door, and back on the road to our second intermediate stop: the Gemini Giant, alongside historic Route 66.

At last, the final push to Springfield, Illinois and the (!!) wating camera of WICS-TV 20. We stopped outside the historic state capitol, showed off our banner, and did a quick interview with producer Adam explaining our trip, the cause, and [hint, hint] how easy it is to donate just $10 and make a real difference in helping find a cure for neuroblastoma.

From the car, we also did interviews (and frantic twittering) with media in Springfields yet-to-come, and tomorrow’s final destination already has a great write-up of our trip online. We can’t wait to get there, and we promised it’d be by 5:00. Should’ve remembered that we’re leaving Central time; it’ll be an early morning.

The Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, WI

The Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, WI

The Gemini Giant of Wilmington, IL

The Gemini Giant of Wilmington, IL

Standing at the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois

Standing at the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois

One Response to “Six sixteenths down, and a visit to the City of Broad Shoulders”

  1. mom says:

    I love following the trip. I’m jealous you got into the factory. Keep the laughs coming.

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