Comic Turned Writer Explores Charms Of Route 66

The Northern Gila County Historical Society on Saturday will host travel writer Roger Naylor for a program on his book and a book signing  at the Rim Country Museum at 4 p.m. Roger Naylor is the author of  “Arizona Kicks on Route 66”. 

The Northern Gila County Historical Society on Saturday will host travel writer Roger Naylor for a program on his book and a book signing at the Rim Country Museum at 4 p.m. Roger Naylor is the author of “Arizona Kicks on Route 66”.  Larry Lindahl photo

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The Northern Gila County Historical Society on Saturday will host travel writer Roger Naylor for a program on his book and a book signing at the Rim Country Museum at 4 p.m. Roger Naylor is the author of “Arizona Kicks on Route 66.” 

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club will also have a few of their classic cars parked to give it “retro” ambiance. The event will take place outdoors, between the gift shop and ranger station museum.

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Naylor has written many articles for Arizona Highways and The Arizona Republic.

In addition to discussing his book and Route 66, Naylor will also talk about homemade pie and hiking trails.

Summer is road trip season across northern Arizona and the ultimate road trip is a rollicking jaunt along Route 66.

More than 200 miles of the Mother Road are still found in Arizona, including the longest unbroken stretch in existence. “Arizona Kicks on Route 66” was released in April 2012 from Rio Nuevo Publishers and has already gone to a third printing. The book captures the scenery, small-town getaways and homemade pie along the Arizona portion of the Mother Road. The images are from Larry Lindahl, a longtime Highways photographer.

Naylor will also talk about his quest to hike 1,000 miles in 2013, the topic of a series Naylor is writing for the Republic.

Make an evening of it on June 22, by staying for the Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. with Breaking Point. Concessions at the park open at 6 p.m.

Naylor specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and homemade pie. For more information, visit www.rogernaylor.com.

The Rim Country Museum sits on the banks of Green Valley Lake, at 700 Green Valley Parkway. For more information, call (928) 474-3483 or visit www.rimcountrymuseums.com.

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