Shopping cart


$0.00
1 | $x.00
empty cart image

Search via Google

Route 66 Still Kicks – By Rick Antonson

Driving America's Main Street

By Rick Antonson

GET SUPPORT MATERIAL / BUY THIS BOOK

  • Amazon Kindle: eBook $12.99
  • Kobo: eBook – EPUB $12.99
  • Paperback $26.99
Go to Vendor Add To Cart
| Share

Awards and prizes

Short-listed
Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards (2012)

Reviews and comments on
Route 66 Still Kicks

Their hopes for a trip to Asia dashed, the author (president of Tourism Vancouver and a frequent traveler) and his friend Peter quickly came up with plan B: Route 66, the legendary--and now mostly bypassed--highway that spans nearly 2,500 miles from Illinois to California. The result is this lighthearted travelogue--Rick and Peter being a sort of road-comedy team--but the book also has its bittersweet moments, since to remember Route 66 in its heyday is to remember an America that no longer exists. The book is full of interesting or amazing historical facts (for example, Illinois was the first state to completely pave its portion of Route 66, way back in the Roaring Twenties, because Al Capone needed a good road to transport bootleg liquor). It might be a bit too artsy-fartsy to call the book a road trip into the past, but along the way, Rick and Peter do discover bits of the original Route 66, untouched by the modern world, including a smattering of people who live along the original roadway and who seem to have stepped out of the past. A winning mixture of travelogue and history.

Antonson calls Route 66 "the highway of highways," and after reading his luminous travelogue, you probably will agree. A must for Route 66 aficionados.

Chicago Tribune

I have traveled Route 66 more times than a long-haul trucker and this book is going to become one of the classics of the road ... solid proof that Route 66 still kicks.

Route 66 Pulse

Antonson’s most impressive feat in Route 66 Still Kicks is how he incorporates history into the narrative. Even those familiar with the stories of Will Rogers, Cyrus Avery, Mickey Mantle, or Al Capone will find them rendered by Antonson in a fresh way. Highly recommended.

Route 66 News

His tale is a middle-age Woodstock in motion, an encounter with an America that isn’t as lost as we think. ...And in the end Antonson proves that Route 66 indeed still kicks--as does America.

National Geographic Traveller

The most impressive account of a road trip I have ever read.

Route 66 magazine

...one of the best books of the bunch is partly a homage to Bobby Troup, the lyricist who wrote the 1946 hit “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66".

New York Times

Antonson’s blend of nostalgia and back roads exploration is also an update on the sorry state of contemporary American society.

BC Bookworld

Antonson’s book gives some good points of reference for making the trip and if you read it like I did, you’ll want to make this trip too

June 30, 2013

We’ve all travelled some part of Route 66, if only in our dreams. Road-tripping 66 is largely a young person’s rite of passage - when everything is possible and nothing is certain. Rick Antonson comes to this mythic road in later years and his Mustang-enabled journey with a buddy represents a life "without restrictions or obligations." His tale is a middle-age Woodstock in motion, an encounter with an America that isn’t as lost as we think. Off he goes in a cratering economy, summoning the voices of Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, singing from the hymnal of the road - the Eagles's anthemic "Take It Easy" - and thrumming through obscure towns like McLean and Romeroville and Bellemont, across landscapes made iconic in the movies of Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan. It is, of course, the characters he encounters that make this funny, warmly rendered little treasure of a road-trip chronicle so winning. And in the end Antonson proves that Route 66 indeed still kicks - as does America.

Keith Bellows

Route 66 Still Kicks is an informative, entertaining, and emotionally charged quest of the occasionally secluded, fabled highway...the most impressive account of a road trip I have ever read.

Paul Taylor

There are two ways to take a Route 66 trip. You plan ahead or you don't. The lead characters here, Rick and Peter, chose the latter.

Planning ahead - using all the information you have available - helps assure comfort and safety. And, well, you get the point. Had they asked my advice before leaving, I could have saved them angst with a relatively problem-free expedition. Yet, they wouldn't have had a book to write. Who would have watched the TV series, Route 66, if Buz and Todd wouldn't have opened that creaky door or wandered down that perilous path? I watched Rick and Peter open such doors and take such paths. And like an audience, I'd cringe in anticipation because I knew what dangers lay ahead.

There are many Route 66 books but none are a full-length road trip like this. So what? Well, if you plan to motor west and get your kicks doing it, I suggest you read it. Rick and Peter fell into many well-known pits, but in so doing, they also made some very interesting discoveries - discoveries they probably wouldn't have made if they'd planned their days well. Here you can find out what to avoid and also a lot of things the guidebooks won't find for you.

David Knudson

It was by far the best book I have read about the Road in many, many years. An excellent read. Two guys went in search of Route 66 and found America. This is a fun, entertaining and, at times, tantalizing read as the erstwhile new millennium Buz and Todd (from the 1960s TV series Route 66) find their way from mud-hole to mud-hole and meet the people who continue to make Route 66 a wonder of the world. Their "ten-second" rule guides them past many of the things we all vow to see and yet does not color the journey as they find their Mother Road with humor and understanding. Highly recommended.

Bob Moore

Every once in awhile each of us is privy to something that will have a major impact on what we enjoy or the industry we are in. For me it was being given a copy of the manuscript of the new book Rick Antonson has written on his trip down the old road with his pal Peter. I have traveled Route 66 more times than a long-haul trucker and this book is going to become one of the classics of the road. 

Reading Rick's account of his time spent on the road is forever etched in my mind and showed me things that I did not know. Rick has a style of writing that makes you feel like you are right there with them as they get stuck in the mud or meet people along the way. I can count on one hand the number of books I could not put down and this is one of them.

Rick Antonson and his friend Peter took on one of the most respected yet least- understood roads in history: Route 66. They were in no hurry to get from one end to the other and the side trips or detours they took are staples of America’s history, its love of the open road, lore of the automobile, and the truly inspiring gift this "route" gave the country. They now possess the major secret of the road: it changes each of us just as it too has changed. Antonson’s book will make you feel it, live it and love it - for make no mistake, this is solid proof that Route 66 "still kicks."

Jim Conkle

By far the best book I have read about the Road in many, many years. Two guys went in search of Route 66 and found America. Highly recommended.

Bob Moore
co-author of The Complete Guidebook to Route 66 and The Complete Atlas to Route 66