Rick Quinn, author of “Road Trip America, Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips”

Rick Quinn is a native of Arizona, but during his college days, he lived, worked, and studied in four different states and three foreign countries. With a major move every 3 to 6 months, road trips became a way of life, and all that travel sparked a passion (or a restlessness?) that’s persisted for nearly half a century. His wildest trip? Rick once shipped a four-wheel drive truck to South America, and spent two full years driving every road in the northern Andes. Strangest vehicle? He converted a VW bug into a camper, and used it on a three month tour through 35 states. Marriage, mortgage, family, and career slowed things down quite a bit, but now that Rick has retired, he’s back on the road again: in 2015, he drove the Alaska Highway and the Yucatan, a total of 21,000 miles over four months. Over the summer and fall of 2016 Rick drove 11,000 miles though Arizona and New Mexico, taking nearly 7,000 photographs, along with detailed notes to supplement his research into this new book. In 2018, he expects to travel another 10,000+ promoting his book.