Some of the photographs from the start of my route 66 journeys from Chicago to Springfield Missouri. The start of route 66 kicks off in downtown Chicago on Adams St just west of Michigan Ave. Before you snap the obligatory photo with the “Route 66 Begin” sign. The first stop rises from the cornfields 60 miles south of Chicago, in a town called Wilmington. Here the Gemini Giant fiberglass spaceman – stands guard outside the launching pad drive-in. The route winds itself around the main interstate I-55. Parts of the road no longer exist come to a dead-end in places because a bridge is no longer passable etc. I’ve often found the best way to navigate the route is to ignore the sat nav and just follow the historic route 66 brown signs. I cannot convey how beautiful and scenic the places and country side I have driven through. In some towns, I’ve driven through, I’ve turned around and driven back just so I can drive-through again. Whilst in Springfield I visited the Lincoln Monument where President Lincoln’s tomb remains. It’s hard to describe, but it was incredibly moving to visit this place. It was a huge cemetery and was absolutely pristinely maintained.