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Day 8: The Start of Route 66

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FINALLY. We’ve been on the road for 8 days, but today marked our official start on Route 66, the infamous 2,400 mile road that was the mother of all US highways. This is what we’ve been on a quest to see: the kitschy, quirky, only-in-America roadside icons that follow the now defunct route through 8 states and 3 time zones.

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Route 66 is no longer part of the US highway system; most of it has either been absorbed into other interstates and trail off into dirt roads that lead to nowhere. And if we were going to see America, we were going to do it proper: in RV’s.

The Last of Chicago

Tip: if you’re going to drive through long stretches of reception-less highway, get some long-range walkie talkies. They’ll great for coordinating between multiple cars. Plus, it’s fun it say things like, “Roger that.”

15 people, 3 RV's and 2,400 miles to go. Jorge is ready.

15 people, 3 RV’s and 2,400 miles to go. Jorge is ready.

Kel and Duncan in RV SilverFox.

Kel and Duncan in RV SilverFox.

Roughly around the age of Don Draper, there were other advertising studs like these. "The Gemini Giant" in Wilmington, IL is one of the few fiberglass statues from the 60's. Statues like these used to flank the entrances of burger and hot dog drive-in's on Route 66.

Roughly around the age of Don Draper, there were other advertising studs like these. “The Gemini Giant” in Wilmington, IL is one of the few fiberglass statues from the 60’s. Statues like these used to flank the entrances of burger and hot dog drive-in’s all along Route 66.

City Musuem

heading into St Louis to take on the LEGO pits and adult jungle gym of awesomeness at the City Museum, in downtown St. Louis.

Chicago city view from Hancock Building

Day 7: The Start of Route 66, Chicago

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We started the day with a 4am wake-up call. The plan was to fly out of Memphis to pay homage to the food and architecture capital of the Midwest, Chicago.

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But due to shenanigans involving broken planes, our flight was delayed by a good three hours. SMH. To make up for lost time, we headed straight to Millennium Park, the public art space built to celebrate the start of the century and home of the infamous Cloud Gate (below).

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Shameless selfies at Cloud Gate, the iconic Chicagoan sculpture by artist, Anish Kapoor. Since its inauguration in 2005 though, this 110-ton(!) piece has been known as “The Bean”.

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The underside of The Bean is concave, kind of like a shallow bowl. So walking underneath the massive legume is like into the trippy mirrors of an amusement part fun house. On the right, is just another example of the city’s rich legacy of architecture.

Vegetarian Breakfast Croissant, Bongo Room, Chicago

We followed the guidance of our friend to the Bongo Room, home what he’d claimed to be the best brunch in Chicago. The huge portions of delicious did not disappoint. Pictured: the Vegetarian Breakfast Croissant.

Red Velvet Pancakes at the Bongo Room, Chicago

The Bongo Room’s signature red velvet pancake is a massive doughy dream drizzled with vanilla sauce and nuts. Be prepared for a food coma.

Official Start of Route 66, US, old highway

Finally! At the official start of Route 66, one of the original highways in the U.S. We’ll be driving on this monster of an interstate for the next 6 days. All 2,448 miles of it.

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Route 66 Crew

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Chicago city view from Hancock Building

We ended our day with views and drinks from the John Hancock Building (amazing) and deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s (New York pizza still wins hands down).