Route 173 in Illinois is one of those typical far north roads that doesn't really excite anyone that has to drive across it from one town to the next. It's one of those plain, empty vast spaces that really only connects town to town. But if you ever take this route from one end to the other, you may be suprised if you pay attention to the details. Not only will you see cool, delapitated Americana, but you'll find the town called Chemung. Yes, Chemung. At first 'hear', it does indeed sound like some sort of genital ailment or disease, but this little treasure in between Antioch and Rockford used to house on this scenice drive, a location called, Chemung Tech. A bizzarre little outpost of art and carvings that would nearly get you into a car accident as you passed by it because you were to busy wondering what exactly it was, and who the madman was that put such a wonderful distraction next to a busy highway. It's gone now, and has become a little woodworking shop. So when road tripping to take pictures, I purchased a new bird house there. Not because I wanted one, but in order to avoid being shot by the new owner while seemingly trespassing on private property. On this particular road trip,with fellow photo nerds Andy and Ania Lorenc, we got to experience more than just Chemung. The blog pic of the day was taken that same day, of a tank parked right out in front of a United Methodist Church in Capron, IL. It's a rusty, beat up old thing - but an honorable monument none the less. And almost poetic as it sits - in front of a building dedicated to peace and love. Just a reminder that those luxuries aren't a free commodity, and there is always a price to pay for them.