But the good far out-weighs the bad -- and the bad is only 'bad' in comparison to the good! Rowena Hoseason Good Vibrations: Coast to Coast By Harley by Tom Cunliffe. This paperback book measures: 19. And so had some other incidents and flashbacks Tom and Roz had all along the way; comparisons to their homeland or other far-off places they knew from their earlier sailing adventures. His snapshot insight into those people and places made a profound mark on them both, and will do the same on any who read this amazing book. Inconveniently, my wife Roz had never even sat on a bike. Tom and his wife Roz take the road trip of a lifetime across America on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, yes they do. It really helps that Tom can turn a word, too.
He was a sailing tutor for many years, progressing from running a dinghy sailing school in the south of France to becoming a senior offshore instructor at the British National Sailing Centre in Cowes. Readers may find their own among the tire tracks. After studying Law at university, he chose not to enter the profession and effectively ran away to sea instead. With flashbacks to the '60s, the eclectic assortment of moonshiners, bikers—both hard and not-so-hard—cowhands, Sioux Indians, strippers, bible bashers, war veterans, southern gents, and the occasional alligator delivers a unique insight into the diversity of the United States. Now it was the High Plains or bust. 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. To her own surprise, she passed.
I'd been itching to ride a Harley-Davidson across America for years. They encounter astonishing hospitality and occasional hostility. I didn't fancy a passenger for 12,000 miles, so Roz borrowed an ancient 100cc Suzuki and made it to the Driving Test centre. He and his wife are keen motorcyclists and have crossed the American continent in both directions, each riding their own machines. Readers may find their own among the tire tracks. But don't let your preconceptions about Yank tanks keep you from enjoying their adventures and sharing in their understandings.
With flashbacks to the '60s, the eclectic assortment of moonshiners, bikers—both hard and not-so-hard—cowhands, Sioux Indians, strippers, bible bashers, war veterans, southern gents, and the occasional alligator delivers a unique insight into the diversity of the United States. Inconveniently, my wife Roz had never even sat on a bike. The riders are tired, the end is in sight, and the journey ends on an off-key note. America is big, and America is different. I didn't fancy a passenger for 12,000 miles, so Roz borrowed an ancient 100cc Suzuki and made it to the Driving Test centre. It is a foreign as any other country -- the shared language misleads as much as it informs.
Ideal for: A great read for adventure seekers and for those travelling to America. . An eclectic assortment of moonshiners, strippers, bible-bashers, war veterans and the occasional alligator delivers an easy-riding peepshow into America from between the handlebars of a Harley. The writing is terrific, the descriptions better than photography and the blend of prose and dialogue wonderfully balanced. Most treated us like royalty. Throughout their journey, Tom and Roz are tested -- by the weather, by the roads -- and entertained -- by the people and by the landscape.
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. There are few travelogues that can be read repeatedly but which provide the same satisfaction each time. Tom joins the lives of people in all parts of the country: music-making hillbillies in the south, crop harvesting teams in the prairies, nomadic war veterans. In 2010 he presented the award-winning six-part documentary series,. His writing is laced with facts and figures about this great country of ours which he and Roz were exploring with new eyes for the first time on two wheels each, coast to coast. There is simply no need for crisis to bolster this tale.
His many cruises in his own yachts span the Atlantic from the Arctic to the South Atlantic, east to west as far as you can go. It met my Soft-tail off the ship from Southampton and we were away. A professional writer since 1986, Cunliffe has won the Best Book of the Sea award twice, for Topsail and Battleaxe and Hand, Reef and Steer. He has been a qualified examiner since 1978. Beginning in Baltimore—where they first had to find a suitable bike for Roz to ride—they journeyed northwest through Washington, Oregon, and California, and then back east again through Arizona, Texas, and up the Atlantic coast. Tom ships his own full-blown Fat Boy over to States for the trip; Roz buys a 'small bike', an 883 Sportster on the East Coast. It gives inspiration without sounding preachy.
Letting go its despairing hold on the underside to tumble onto the cylinder fins, its doom was sealed as surely as that of an iceberg sailing down from Labrador to meet the warm Gulf Stream… The droplets hit the hot chrome and evaporated with a hiss, leaving nothing but invisible vapour, where a second earlier had been a fish-eye image of the tractor, me and the oak tree. All the time the message is driven home: America is not simply Britain on a bigger scale. Tom and Roz run up against those differences at every turn, and through this book the reader can begin to understand them. The following morning we flew to Baltimore and she bought a yellow 883 'Sportster', all leather tassels, sexy buckhorn bars and straight-through pipes. This book just adds to that mystique but it does so without skimming the surface of the nation and commenting only on the geography.