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November 16, 2013

Bike ride inspires new book on Route 66

EDMOND — To commemorate his adventure, Steve Kime, who received statewide attention for biking across the state in 2004 to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oklahoma, wrote a children’s book about his journey along the historic Route 66.

The fictional book, titled “Rollin on Route 66,” is about a kid named Owen, named after Kime’s grandson, who daydreams in history class about what fun it would be to ride his bicycle along Route 66.

In the book, Kime added true stories when describing each leg of the near 400-mile, week-long bike ride, including how he met a guy named Jesse during the ride from Texola to Weatherford.

Kime said he and his crew were on the Texas-Oklahoma border just before dawn on the first day of the ride in March 2004 when all of a sudden they saw this dog running near them, then a man appeared on his bike from nowhere.

“He had read a news article about what I was doing and thought it would be cool to ride on this bike ride,” Kime said. “We went about 20 miles or so, then we treated him to a pancake breakfast. Then, just as soon as he came is as quickly as he disappeared. He was on his way someplace else. He was just the nicest guy, though.”

Kime said he had other people join him during his bike ride, including during his short time through Stroud when eight children showed up on their bicycles and wanted to ride with him.

“I just kept thinking that these guys are having the time of their life,” Kime said while pointing to photographs of the kids on their bikes and the kids at a restaurant. “I would sure like to meet these guys again.”

The book also features glimpses into Kime’s real-life experiences during his ride, such as being interviewed by local television stations, getting chased by dogs and getting to speak to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The book also features facts about Route 66, as well as tourist attractions Kime got to see along the historic road, including the Round Barn in Arcadia and The Blue Whale roadside attraction in Catoosa.

Kime said his wife is the one who encouraged him to write the book in 2012 about his journey.

“She said, ‘You ought to take the adventure of your bike ride and turn it into an adventure story,’” Kime said. “She was the one that kept on saying, ‘You need to do this. You need to do this.’”

Kime said if a school is interested in scheduling a book reading and presentation or if they are someone he met along his 2001 16-day run across the state on Route 66 or his bike ride, please contact him at stevekime.com.

Kime said he has revisited with people he met during his run and bike ride and would love to hear from more people, especially the children that rode their bikes with him through Stroud.

“I kept thinking that I will never see these people again, but then, when I do get to meet them again, I get to hear their story,” Kime said. “It’s fun to hear their story.”

Kime said he doesn’t have any immediate plans for another run or bike ride across the state, however, he said he would love to plan something special one day to honor veterans and those in the military.

“Rollin on Route 66” was officially released in September and can be purchased on Amazon.com, at Barnes & Noble or at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore.

Kime will be having a book signing at the Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City from 3-5 p.m. today. Kime will have another book signing Dec. 21 at POP’s in Arcadia from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from Kime’s book benefits Special Olympics Oklahoma.

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