Ben's 2017 Route 66 Adventure

Day 2
Wednesday, May 3

Chicago IL
(State #5)

After a quick mid-morning drive to downtown Chicago, I arrived at...

the End (???) of Route 66!

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Yes, because of one way streets, this is the Eastbound end of the road.
Now, time to loop back to E Adams for the Westbound Start.

The Chicago skyline from Lakeshore Dr as I looped around to get to
S Michigan Ave and E Adams St, where Westbound 66 actually starts.

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This is it - where Westbound Historic Route US 66 begins!

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(Photo-bombed by a Prius, of all things, in a No Parking - Tow Zone!)

The odometer reading at that point. I reset Trip Odometer A right there to log my trip on Route 66.

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Sign for the first turn on 66, off E Adams onto Ogden toward Joliet.

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Goodbye Chicago - believe me, this couldn't come quick enough!

Joliet IL

(Yes, those are the Blues Brothers on the roof.) 

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Not sure what this artwork in the same park signifies.

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Time for lunch

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Classic theater right around the corner

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Wilmington IL

The first of several "Giants" that I encountered along 66: The Gemini Giant.

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Historic Downtown Wilmington

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Braidwood IL

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Dwight IL

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Cayuga IL

The first of many "Meramec Caverns" barn signs

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One of many places where an earlier edition of Rt 66 came to an end. The current version is on the left.

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Pontiac IL

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The County Courthouse

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Do a 180 and you see this.
The Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum - 1st museum of the trip.
(Click image to sample the inside of the museum)

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Better view of the courthouse, and Lincoln's statue on the right side.

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Murals along the walk to the Rt 66 Museum

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Bob Waldmire's "Road Yacht"
(Click image to see inside the museum)

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Towanda IL

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Day 2 ends in McLean IL

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Miles from Rt 66 start
Zero Interstate miles