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A few years ago, I found myself between boats and hence well in funds, so my wife Roz and I decided to blow some of it while we could. I’d been itching to ride a Harley-Davidson across America for years, but a life at sea had restricted my US travels to the coasts. Now it was the High Plains or bust. Inconveniently, Roz had never even sat on a bike. I didn’t fancy a passenger for twelve thousand miles, and she couldn’t face clinging to me for a hundred days, so she borrowed an ancient 100cc Suzuki and made it to the Driving Test centre on her forty-fifth birthday. To her own surprise, she passed. The following morning we flew to Baltimore and she bought a yellow 883 ‘Sportster’, all leather tassels, sexy buckhorn bars and straight-through pipes. It met my Soft-tail off the ship from Southampton and we were away. The rest of the trip is about me having an improbably exciting time while Roz reached a truce with the massive reality of the US road-burner. The ride of a lifetime was soon transformed into a pilgrimage in search of the American people who the Harleys dragged from under stones, off mountainsides, out of the swamps and the prairie dust. They looked after us, rode with us, worked with us, filled us with drink, took us to church on Sunday and to the cleaners at the poker table. A few threatened us. Most treated us like royalty. The scenery was phenomenal, but it is the folks I’ll remember - and riding Death Valley with an engine air-cooled by wind 35 degrees hotter than my blood.
'Best selling book at the 2001 London Boat Show!' - Kelvin Hughes
'Deserves to battle for bookshelf space with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.' Sunday Express
'A pithy throbber of a book.' Chris Stewart, author of 'Driving over Lemons'
'There is only one way to see America and its people...and that is astride a motorcycle....Listening to Cunliffe.....you'll understand why.' METRO
Four colour illustrations plus map. 381 pages
Part Number: HIS0258U Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd Author: Tom Cunliffe ISBN: 9781840241136