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Monday, March 4, 2013
Did you ever have a dream? Something far from the daily tasks of making a living and caring for family? Something that just turned you free? I know I have and most often I have followed that dream. Maybe not as far as I would have liked, but as far as my finances or obligations would allow.
Ever since seeing the long defunct TV show, "Route 66" as a youngster, I have longed to tour this amazing country we have claimed by squatting. To just go and experience all the amazing and varied scenes our country offers I think is a common dream.
Gary France did just that and the result is the book "France in America." Clever title huh? Gary shipped his favorite ride from England, a Harley he called the "Painted Ladies," to the US and proceeded to live his dream. I gratefully tagged along.
I started following Gary's blog, Flies in my teeth, when he was just entering Cleveland. I did miss the first part of his journey but eagerly jumped on board with him as he toured this incredible country.
I was able to see my country with fresh eyes. His eyes, which were not clouded by the hypnosis of just getting from point A to point B as we often do when we travel. Too often we think more of the destination when traveling than enjoying the trip. I also enjoyed meeting the people he came across and was secretly pleased that he was treated so well. Perhaps we are only Ugly Americans when we go to another country.
While I no longer have my bike I can still feel that sensation only a bike can give. Pure freedom and the actual tactile connection to the road and the views. Gary's book brings all that back.
Gary was so kind to send copies of his book to those who of us who had followed him on his journey. I now have it and it has a permanent place on my coffee table. Yes this is a coffee table book. As it is a coffee table book, it is not inexpensive but my goodness is it worth it.
When mine came in the mail, I almost called for help to get it up the hill. Large and heavy, over 400 pages and filled with amazing photos and insights as he traveled over 21,000 miles in our vast country.
He has put together a really cool video to explain his vision. It really is worth the look. Loved the accent.
Hope you will give the video a look and if you or anyone on your list loves bikes or has felt the urge to tour our vast country, the book is so worth the price. I have someone on my list who will be getting one.
You can visit his book site here.
Enjoy, I certainly have.
at 6:21 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti