Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Moonshine, Illinois - 03/28/12

We are continuing on our journey home to Illinois.

We departed Terre Haute, Indiana at 8:30 p.m. Our destination today is Chicago, Illinois with a brief stop-over first at Moonshine, Illinois.

In the fall of 2003, we were watching a segment on the CBS Sunday Morning show with Bill Geist. His segment was on Moonshine, Illinois and the Tuttle family that operate a store there. It was such a nice piece of Americana that we put it on our list of places to visit. Our first visit there was in the summer of 2004 and we have been returning there every year since.

Moonshine, Illinois is out in the middle of nowhere in the southwest corner of Clark County. The first time we went there we got lost. We finally got directions from a local realtor and as we approached a rural intersection, we encountered another vehicle with the driver waving for me to stop. He too was looking for Moonshine! I told him to follow me, unsure at that point if I even knew where I was going. But we made it into Moonshine just fine. Part of the fun is just finding the place!

Roy and Helen Tuttle bought the old-time (circa 1912) country store in 1982 and promptly made it the best eating house in town. Actually, it's the only building in town, unless you count the porta-potty across the road that’s reserved for visitors.

Aside from cold cut deli-style sandwiches, drinks and snacks, Moonshine is the home of the world-famous Moonburger. You can get a double beef cheese Moonburger, you can get a bacon Moonburger, you can get a Moonburger just about any old way you want it.

The store guest-book has visitors from all 50 states and around the world. The visitors get a chance to enjoy hospitality and ambience from days gone by, no fancy menus or dinner tabs here, just give Helen your first name when you order over the deli counter and pay as you leave. You can sit down on the inside benches or enjoy your Moonburger on one of the picnic tables in the side yard.

We enjoy the Moonburgers, they are very tasty, but we go there for the ambience of the place and the wonderful people you meet there.

We arrived in Moonshine at 10:30 a.m. We had a nice conversation with Helen Tuttle and a few farmers who were having coffee. We ordered two Moonburgers with cheese to-go. We said our goodbyes with a "see you next year" and continued on our way to Chicago.

We arrived home at 2:15 p.m., completing a 6,408 mile trip through Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Indiana.

Total miles traveled today: 284

On to our next adventure!

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