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Entrance to the Road Angel Brownstone Illinois.

Entrance to the Road Angel Brownstone Illinois.

In our daily travels as drivers we are often ignored, or treated in ways that are less than respectful by others that we meet in our travels. It is truly a blessing to find those places that treat drivers with respect and a true compassion. I will try and feature a few of these places, and individuals each year as I find them in my travels.

 

The first one I wish to focus on is the Road Angel just off exit 68 near Brownstone, Illinois. This facility is run by the Association of Christian Truckers, I first found it about 6 years ago when I was passing through the area. It is a place ran by volunteers for the benefit of the drivers.  All Professional drivers are warmly welcomed regardless of faith or beliefs. They have free shower, and laundry facilities, Wi-Fi access, and paved well lit parking, as well as offering drivers meals on a donation basis. You will never leave hungry from the Road Angel if they can help it.

Chaplain Dock and Mary Hinman ready to welcome drivers.

Chaplain Dock and Mary Hinman ready to welcome drivers.

For those concerned that you will be preached to during your entire visit that from my experience is not the case. If you have an interest in discussing faith issues they are more than willing to discuss it with you. Their focus is on serving the physical needs of the drivers and letting the drivers know they are there if they should desire more. They are friendly and caring without being pushy or preachy.

My beautiful picture

Newly Installed Shower Room. They even supply the towels!!!

The staff has been known to help drivers who are broke down with minor repairs, or to transport them to a nearby (aka Chicago) transportation hubs to help them get transportation to home or a new job. In addition if drivers need anything they will do their best to accommodate those needs, even those who may be stranded at the nearby state scale. Up to and including taking drivers food and beverages if needed.

Drivers Lounge

Drivers Lounge

They do this out of a concern for their fellow man, and drivers. Most if not all the staff have either driven big trucks, or have been involved in the industry in some manner. In my opinion this gives them a unique position to understand what drivers are going through and to lend the encouragement many drivers both old and new need after a long day. After all what is better than an understanding meal and a hot meal that is far better than what can be found in most any truck stop.

Parking lot and Main Building as seen from the entrance.

Parking lot and Main Building as seen from the entrance.

The one thing they do ask is that if anyone can help with a donation of time, materials, or financial,  that they do so.  The donations help them to serve the needs of the drivers. One thing I truly love about this place is not matter how busy the truck stops around Effingham or St. Louis have become I can always find a parking spot at this location. The parking is safe and well lit and I have never had to worry about lot lizards, or other things disturbing my rest.

Picnic and Horseshoe area at the Road Angel

Picnic and Horseshoe area at the Road Angel

The next time your on I-70 in Illinois and need a place for a break whether 30 minute or over night, consider stopping at the Road Angel. Also to those of you whom do not drive a truck and read this blog.  Please consider doing something nice for a truck driver even if it is just buying them a cup of coffee it will be greatly appreciated and may make their day!!!

 

 

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I have been driving in the trucking industry for 9 years working for a major over the road refrigerated carrier. In "previous lives," I have worked as a police dispatcher while in college for Geology and Sociology, spent time in restaurant kitchens, and spent 9 years in retail electronics. Of all my jobs, I enjoy probably enjoy driving the most, with cooking not far behind. During my time as a driver my weight went up and my health went down. In the last few years I have made the decision to start taking back my health. RoadTestedLiving.com chronicles my story, as well as that of other drivers. It will share tips and tricks that, if they work for professional drivers with limited time, space, and equipment, they should be able to work for anyone. It also allows me to share my passion for the trucking industry, and good food with others. Simply put, Road Tested Living is all about Learning to Live Well from Life's Lessons on the Road.

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