Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, July 2nd to 11th 2005


A view from the Chicago River in Chicago, where Route 66 starts.

The tip of the Navy Pier, out in Lake Michigan.

Chicago's famous Sears Tower.

Finally on the road; here is the Gemini Giant outside the Launching Pad cafe in Wilmington.

Between Braidwood and Dwight.

My bike outside the old Marathon Oil Station in Dwight.

Myself and the bike outside a restored Sinclair/Standard gas station in Odell.

A nice park honoring Route 66 in Towanda.

Dixie Truckers Home, an old truck stop and home to the Hall of Fame of the Route 66 Association of Illinois.

Bunyon's Statue, another one of Illinois' former 'Muffler men' was advertising for a hot dog joint in Cicero before the business was sold and the statue moved here to Atlanta.

The Lauterbach Tire Man standing outside Lauterbach Tire and Auto Service in Springfield.

Driving through the night, here in (or at least close to) Carlinville.

In Illinois, you can make your way through Route 66 merely by following the signs for the old highway - a luxury not possible in many of the other seven states.

Early, early in the morning on the third day I reached the Chain of Rocks Bridge (now closed) across the Mississippi River and the state border to Missouri.


A little side trip to the Meramec Caverns in Stanton. This here is the third largest stalagmite in the world.

Still in the Meramec Caverns, this is the socalled 'Wine Table'.

This is the room they call 'The Theater'. The curtain is 78 mill years old!


On the Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge in Riverton. This bridge was built in 1923 and is the only remaining bridge of its kind on Route 66.

This is Stefan (left) and Armin (right) from Switzerland on the Rainbow Arch Bridge. I rode with these friendly guys for four days.

Eisler Bros. Old Riverton Store was built in 1925 and is now a nice souvenir shop in Riverton.


A piece of the early Route 66 (only 9' wide pavement) between Miami and Afton.

Stefan and Armin again, on the old pavement.

The Rock Cafe in Stroud, an old Route 66 landmark.

The cafe's restroom also served as their guest book :)

The towns of Calumet..

..and Weatherford.

A big car and camper near Clinton.

Jiggs Smokehouse in Clinton, a really nice, old cafe. Ask for the 'Woolly Burger'!

Armin and Stefan inside Jiggs.

Entering Texas.

It is? Really??!


U-Drop Inn in Shamrock is/was a famous restaurant and service station along the route.

My bike at the U-Drop Inn.

Armin and Stefan outside U-Drop Inn.


The first Phillips 66 gas station in Texas (from 1927) is here in McLean.

Piza has its leaning tower, and so does Groom, TX.. a water tower.

From a restaurant in Groom which name I have forgotten.

More from Groom.

Not only do they have a leaning water tower; Groom also has the largest cross on the American continent (190 feet tall)!

Between Groom and Amarillo.

A thunder storm passing by our hotel in Amarillo.

'The Grand Canyon of Texas', Palo Duro Canyon.

Washing the dust off the bikes after a trip down into the canyon.

Going from Palo Duro and back to Amarillo.

The Midpoint Cafe in Adrian. This is the middle of Route 66.

No reason to turn back now!

A windmill near Gruhlkey.

Glen Rio, a ghost town on the border to New Mexico.

Glen Rio.

New Mexico

An old stretch of the route between Glen Rio and San Jon

An old harvester somewhere near San Jon.

Afternoon clouds east of Santa Rosa.

Going from Santa Rosa to Santa Fe

Santa Fe: The oldest house in the US is in the background in the line of houses to the left, and the oldest church building in the US is the large building to the right.

Loretto Inn in Santa Fe.

Everywhere you go, this is what Santa Fe looks like, this charming and one of the oldest cities in the USA.

Heading south, from Santa Fe to Albuquerque.

I took a trip to Sandia Crest, east of Albuquerque. Not a part of Route 66, but well worth the trip. This is from a pit stop at Molly's Beer Garden.

The view of Albuquerque from the top of Sandia Crest.

From Albuquerque to Los Lunas.

From Los Lunas to Correo

From Correo to Laguna.

Sandstone mountains in Laguna.

A closed gas station in Budville.

The windmill and water tower of the same gas station.

From Grants to the Continental Divide

The Indian Market at the Continental Divide.

From the Continental Divide to Gallup.


Advertisement for Indian cities/trading posts/tourist traps like this one could be seen all over the Southwest.

An old Route 66 bridge over the Querino Canyon.

Taking a rest somewhere east of Holbrook.

Typical Route 66 cafe and motel along the way.

Cows kicking back in Brannigan Park.

More kitsch Route 66 americana, here in Williams.

Crookton Rd.

Supai Motel in Seligman.

Seligman is a town that has really dedicated itself to Route 66!

Along the railroad from Seligman to Hackberry.

This very cool place (Hackberry General Store) used to be a gas station/general store (built in 1934), and it is now a gift shop/museum.

From Hackberry to Kingman.

The narrow mountain road on the way to the ghost town Oatman.

Oatman's main (..well, only) street.

Wild burros rule this former gold mining town.


On my way to Goffs.

Goff Rd near Essex.

The big city of Essex..

This is Calico, another ghost town/tourist trap, 10 miles north of Barstow. There's a lot of stuff to do here if you have the time, which I didn't..

Just in case you wonder whether or not you are going to a ghost town.

Near Oro Grande.

One giant step for a man, one puny step for mankind: The end of Route 66 by the Will Rogers plaque on Santa Monica Blvd & Ocean Blvd in Los Angeles!!