We've been fed images of Route 66 all our lives, and one of the most fascinating aspects of my trip was the kind of connect-the-dots theme that occurs out there. In the many books I'd read, the hallmarks were the same. For example, in Illinois, there's the Chicken Basket, a silly Gemini Giant statue, the Pig-Hip restaurant and the Chain of Rocks Bridge. All the way to California I'd be bumping into things that felt eerily familiar--places like the U-Drop Inn, Cadillac Ranch and Wigwam Motel. It was like a scavenger hunt, and every time I'd see something familiar my heart would quicken as I'd prime my camera and think, "Why am I taking pictures of the same stuff everyone else has photographed for the last 75 years?" In truth, there's not that much out there to point a lens at. Lots of cornfields, cows, barns and rusted trucks, but nothing that says Route 66 as clearly as all the things that, well, say Route 66.