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Embracing America On A Hog And A Hack Without Reservations
If adventure came knocking, would you have the courage to open the door? That was the question Susie had to answer. She was very comfortably established in her hometown routine, semiretired and serene. So it was with some misgivings that she agreed to take a tour around the perimeter of the United States with her husband, Bob. The conveyance? His new dream machine, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with a sidecar added just for her. With no former riding experience and no little anxiety, she goes along for the ride. She learns a bit about the country, its people, and some very important things about herself. Come along for a virtual ride! But don't get too comfortable, because one day, it might be your door that adventure finds.
Taking the first-time-buyer step-by-step through the entire experience of buying your first motorcycle, this friendly, clear, and jargon-free book explains everything you need to know to get the most out of your bike. Covering practicalities such as the pros and cons of biking, and what type of bike may best suit you, to training, insurance, and maintenance - even choosing the right kit, where to buy, and where to ride are covered in this invaluable guide - this book shows you the whole story.
About the Author
Peter Henshaw was an enthusiast for anything with wheels from an early age - everything from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance and now contributes to a whole raft of transport magazines including Motorcycle News (motorcycles), Twist & Go (scooters), A to B (cycling) and Tractor (as it says - ) as well as The Telegraph. He's also written over 40 books, including 20 about bikes. He's an all-year round motorcyclist who does not own a car.
Racing The Rain
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Once a Runner-acclaimed byRunner's World as "the best novel ever written about running"-comes that novel's prequel, the story of a world-class athlete coming of age in the 1950s and '60s on Florida's Gold Coast.
Quenton Cassidy is the skinniest boy in school, and also one of the fastest. Cassidy spends his afternoons exploring his primal surroundings: the local river, the nearby ocean, the lakes, swamps, and forests that dominate the landscape of the Florida everglades. While adventuring, Cassidy befriends Trapper Nelson, an iconoclastic hunter who lives in an isolated compound on the riverbank.
By junior high, Cassidy dreams of becoming a basketball player, but Nelson's influence runs deep and Cassidy begins to view running as a way to interact with the natural world. Warned of Nelson's checkered past, Cassidy dismisses the stories as hearsay, until his town is rocked by the disappearance and apparent murder of a prominent judge and his wife. Cassidy's loyalty to his friend is severely tested just as his opportunity to make his mark as a gifted runner comes to fruition.
Hailed by National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis as a "lovely novel that reminds us that what is most valuable is life is the spirit to accomplish impossible things,"Racing the Rain explores a small town's secrets while vividly capturing the physical endurance, determination, and mindset required of a champion. "A celebration of the purity of the sport" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), it is an epic coming-of-age classic about the environments and friendships that shape us all.
About the Author
John L. Parker, Jr. has written for Outside, Runnerâ€™s World, and numerous other publications. A graduate of the University of Floridaâ€™s College of Journalism as well as its College of Law, Parker has been a practicing attorney, a newspaper reporter and columnist, a speechwriter for then Governor Bob Graham, and editorial director of Running Times magazine. The author of Once a Runner, Again to Carthage, and Racing the Rain, he lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Bar Harbor, Maine.
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