Vickie’s Place – Tremont Illinois


Located at 500 West Pearl Street in Tremont, Illinois is a little home town cafe which is the favorite of locals to meet up with friends for lunch or dinner and for those that just don’t feel like cooking.

This little cafe seats about 50 people. The place was nearly full when Joe and I walked in the door. One thing we’ve learned in our travels is this. If the locals congregate at a restaurant then the food is good, prices are reasonable, and service is good also.

Vickie’s Place is one of those “If you leave hungry it’s your own fault”. Portions are huge as well as tasty. For example, the pork tenderloin sandwich Joe ordered and the mustard and dill pickle potato salad.


I had a burger and fries because I was eating badly, and we shared the onion rings recommended by other diners.



Monster portions are served so consider yourself forewarned 🙂

Time has run away from me lately. I’m not sure what day it is or where I am.

Wednesday we delivered the Peterbilts to Kansas City, Missouri. The place we left the trucks has a sister company in Omaha, Nebraska. The trucks will end up in Omaha where the sleepers will be removed from the cabs, the holes closed, and then be sold to farmers around Omaha as daycabs.

We had the chance to get four trucks out of Omaha, Nebraska going to Dallas, Texas. Joe was trying to get us home for his doctor appointment but he was going to be late for it and he called to let the doctor office know. “You snooze, you lose” and he did. His heart doctor is now on vacation until after the first of July. Joe has an appointment the last part of June with his kidney doctor (Nephrologist).

The Omaha trucks were put off for someone else to take and we were shuffled off to Ottawa, Kansas to another Wal-Mart Distribution Center for 24 trucks of which 16 are now ready.

We picked up four of them yesterday and took them to Peoria, Illinois today at Expo Gardens Fairgrounds. Just as we were getting set to start the unhooking process a man who manages the place stopped us to say we couldn’t leave the trucks because the area we were in was to be used for a Fair over the weekend.

After about 20 minutes and several phone calls by both Joe and the fairground manager we took the trucks 23 miles further to unhook.

Hungry and thirsty we hunted for a place to slake both and found Vickie’s Place.

Now we are on our way back to Ottawa, Kansas for more trucks. Traveling through small towns linked on US highways like a string of Rosary beads we see a lot of old buildings.


This old building once was a school. The fire escape was the chutes. I bet the teachers had to keep watch for the rascals (count me as one) who would try to sneak out the door and have a quick ride down before they got caught.


The chutes are now boarded up.


Four hours earlier these old downtown businesses in Rushville, Illinois were busy selling their wares and the street was filled with cars. Now it looks rather forlorn.


We will be working through this weekend. Encountered rain most of the way to Peoria today. Now it is cool and feels good. Hopefully it will remain cool.

Enjoy your weekend. Oh, and before I forget “Happy Father’s Day” to all the Dads out there this coming Sunday.



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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

7 responses to “Vickie’s Place – Tremont Illinois

  • gardenpinks

    Sorry you didn’t get home for Joe’s doctor’s appointment and a play in your craft room.
    Could you please tell me where the sandwich was? Did they really expect that piece of meat to fit between two bun halves???? That was some meal and those onion rings looked good 🙂
    Rod has been given some chocolate for Father’s Day and we’ve already sampled it! Naughty us:)
    A young couple and their 17 month old boy came to view our home today and it poured with rain most of the tme 😦 There were some rough old winds around the storms too and my poor flowers have been battered. Another quick tidy up tomorrow for another couple coming to view in the morning – phew shall be glad when we finally get a sale as I’m sick and fed up of constant housework! I’ve never done so much 🙂

    Love and hugs to you both and safe travels
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      A young couple would live your property. The novelty of 4-Wheeling to and from the house will be exciting for a little while. Chopping wood and ranging about the forested area near you for more wood will be good for them.

      They will have a great expanse of lawn/grass for the little guy to run and safely fall down on.

      It is certainly good to know you are having viewings. At least someone is still promoting your property. I bet your flowers do look as though their “hair was combed with an egg beater” 🙂 but will be back to full displays of beauty in no time.

      Whatever are you going to do with your beloved plants when you do move?! How will you get them in your new place? Are you going to have to dig them all up!? See, I don’t know much about plants so I’m worried about your Father In Law being left behind with someone like me…he’ll wither and die away because I would not know how special he is to you nor what to do with him 😦

      Hope the winds die down, your housework does itself, and your house sells before the month is out. June 2011 that is :-). Hey, one can only hope 😉

      Love to you and Rod – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    Don’t fret about the flowers/plants Leslie as we have been busy taking cuttings and I have made a list of the plants I want to take with me some of which I have already lifted and potted up. I shall create another garden wherever we move to and it will be much smaller anyway 🙂
    Fingers crossed on a buyer, the people who came yesterday are cash buyers and have plenty of cash 🙂
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Maybe you could do a post about your cuttings. How do you do that? How did your Father In Law attach a cutting from his garden to a wild plant? What do you do with the cuttings afterward?

      I’m sending good vibes and thoughts your way on getting your home sold. A smaller garden might not be so bad. The trade off would be no more wood chopping :-). I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

      Love to you and Rod – Leslie

  • sharlene

    Hi leslie just wanted to leave a quick note saying thankyou for the goodies I received them last week and am so appreciative Im having internet issues so I havent got much time here take care good luck on your home selling

    • Message In A Fold

      I’m happy 🙂 you have received your goodies…however I’m sad 😦 you are having internet difficulties. Lynn (gardenpinks) is the one who has a house for sale. The thought of selling my home!! Yikes I’d have to be ready to pack it all up in just a few days….you would see me riding my broom were that the case. And it would not be a pretty sight either 🙂
      Love you – Leslie

  • Maria

    Great blog, Just wanted to comment that i can not connect to the rss stream, you might want install the right wordpress plugin for that to workthat.

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