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4/9/2012 8:03:00 AM
'Arizona Kicks on Route 66' available in April 2012

Just in time for road trip season comes a swinging road trip book. "Arizona Kicks on Route 66" (written by Roger Naylor, photography by Larry Lindahl) makes a rollicking jaunt across the iconic highway.

Route 66 in Arizona crosses stark badlands, cloud-swept plateaus and a desert painted in scandalous hues. The road explores forests of tall pines and forests where trees have turned to stone. It brushes past volcanoes, craters and the ruins of ancient civilizations. Amid the scenic splendor, the highway John Steinbeck referred to as the "Mother Road" passes through small towns and the skeletons of towns. If the Grand Canyon is the heart of Arizona, then Route 66 is the main artery.

More and more, travelers looking for an old-fashioned road trip and a way of life they were afraid had vanished, exit the interstate to dip their wheels into the mythology of the untamed road. And though Route 66 exudes a timeless quality, a fresh vibrancy has taken hold as new businesses open and restorations salvage existing ones. It's all captured in the new book "Arizona Kicks on Route 66."

Savvy travelers know the coolest portion of Route 66 exist in Arizona. Plus great side trips. Grand Canyon anyone? Lake Havasu? Discover incredible scenery, small town getaways and homemade pie along the Mother Road. "Arizona Kicks on Route 66" is from Rio Nuevo Publishers. It is available locally at Desert Dancer in Cottonwood and Well Red Coyote in Sedona.

For news on the book, or to keep up with the latest events on Route 66 Arizona, find them on

Roger Naylor is a travel writer and humorist living in Cottonwood. His work appears in Arizona Highways, Arizona Republic, USA Today, Go Escape, Western Art & Architecture and Sedona Magazine. Larry Lindahl's photographs can be seen in Arizona Highways, Glamour and Outdoor Photographer. He is the author and photographer of the book Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscapes. He resides in Sedona.

"Route 66 is the last frontier of Arizona," says Roger Naylor. "People are surprised to learn how much of the road remains intact in the state, including the longest unbroken stretch of Historic Route 66 in existence. It's a rolling river of pavement that begins west of Ash Fork and stretches 158 miles to the California border. It's a beautiful, bewitching drive, plus there are burgers and pie. What else do you need?"

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