Across America by Motorcycle (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

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I arrived in New York from Canada, I purchased a motorcycle and set out to cross the continent to the Pacific, and I have it on the best authority that my ride was the first time an Englishman had ever accomplished the trip on a motorcycle across the United States of America.

The whole trip, which covered just fifty miles short of 5,000, was undertaken quite alone, and although spread over about three months, constituted a day or two short of ...
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I arrived in New York from Canada, I purchased a motorcycle and set out to cross the continent to the Pacific, and I have it on the best authority that my ride was the first time an Englishman had ever accomplished the trip on a motorcycle across the United States of America.

The whole trip, which covered just fifty miles short of 5,000, was undertaken quite alone, and although spread over about three months, constituted a day or two short of a month of actual riding. For the benefit of brother and sister motorcyclists who may be interested in such details I may add that I dispensed entirely with the use of goggles from beginning to end, and except at stops in large towns on the way I wore no helmet. I think that when the motorcyclist gets accustomed to doing without these encumbrances he will find the joys of motorcycling considerably enhanced.

The total number of replacements to the engine alone comprised the following: Five new cylinders; three pistons; five gudgeon pins; three complete sets of bearings; two connecting rods; and eleven sparking plugs.

The machine was entirely overhauled on four occasions between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and on three of these by the recognized agents of the manufacturers. The engine cut-out switch was the only part of the machine that did not break, come loose, or go wrong sooner or later.

I was thrown off 142 times, and after that I stopped counting; apart from that I had no trouble.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015565560
  • Publisher: Balefire Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 665,076
  • File size: 14 MB
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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    Great social history of America; motorcycle nostalgia at its best

    In the spirit of Che Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries, Shepherd's travel journal deserves a much wider audience. While perhaps not of the sweeping brilliance of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, the placing of British and American cultural and linguistic iconography into juxtaposition at the close of the Great War is a history lesson in and of itself. There is a richness and candid humor in how this ex-British soldier turned voyager relates traversing the vast North American continent, and his many experiences with those 'Yanks'. Anyone interested in what it was like to tour via two-wheels a hundred years ago, or who simply has an interest in what Americans were like back then should read Across America by Motor-cycle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Makes one appriciate ...

    Today's roads and motorcyles. I really enjoyed the trials and adventures of Shepard. And it has some light hearted moments as well. Epub formatting was a bit off on my devices, at times, but I didn't let it keep me from the ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    a true classic

    Everyone who has ever written a transportation travelog borrows from ck Shepherd, whether they realize it or not. If you are a serious motorcycle traveler or want a 'ground view' of america in 1920, then You have got to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    older style

    this book was written in the style of 1910-1925 where men were expected to be hardy and up to any challenge using only brawn and their own wits.

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    Posted January 30, 2012

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