The Spirit heads to Effingham, Ill., when SuperRigs is over

July 26, 2019

Chuck Robinson


Perhaps a little worn out and wound up from being at Shell Rotella SuperRigs, the next stop for the skipper of OOIDA’s tour trailer is Effingham, Ill.

Jon Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker are scheduled to be at the Effingham Petro on Monday through Wednesday, July 29-31. The Effingham Petro is at the West Fayette Avenue exit from I-70/I-57, Exit 159

There are 212 truck parking spaces at the Effingham Petro. It has an Iron Skillet restaurant as well as a Dunkin’ Donuts Express.
For a change of pace, within walking distance is the Raintree Restaurant, which has pretty good reviews. Portions are generous, they say. Pork chops, prime rib, barbecue pulled pork and broasted chicken are on the menu, and salad bar is included.

You’re working while on the road, sure, but if you have time to investigate things, why not live the dream? For some of us, there is a bond between admiring a finely polished specimen of trucking mechanical magnificence and admiring top-flight muscle cars, like the Corvette. If so, and when in Effingham, Ill., perhaps a stop at My Garage Museum is in order.

The museum is north of I-57 on U.S. Highway 45. It is co-located with Mid-America Motorworks. The Yager Family Collection of rare Corvettes, Volkswagens and automotive memorabilia is featured there. There are 15-20 cars on display there, and they change out the displays periodically. There is an actual 1910 gas station that has been moved and restored on site.

It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. No admission is charged, but they welcome donations for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Staff says there is parking for semitrailers.

Whenever you see The Spirit tour truck, go say hello to Jon. He enjoys visiting about the Association’s activities and current issues. You also can join or renew your OOIDA membership for $10 off the regular price there. Also, you can get vouchers for flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccines from Jon at The Spirit.


Chuck Robinson formerly was senior copy editor for a weekly trade publication serving the fresh produce industry. He has served trade publications, horticultural journals and community newspapers for 25 years.