“World’s Toughest Motorcycle Riders”—long-distance motorcycling is not a pastime but an obsession. In this candid, eloquent, sharply observed book, Melissa Holbrook Pierson introduces us to this strange endeavor and the men and women who live to ride impossibly long distances, eating up road, almost without cease. And who find it nothing but fun.
Perhaps the most determined of them is John Ryan, a magnetic, enigmatic man who loves nothing better than breaking records of amazing distance—at no small risk to himself and his health. But why? Pierson, who rediscovered the joys of motorcycling in the midst of a personal crisis, puts on her helmet and joins Ryan in his element in order to understand his singular desire and discipline, his passion and his obsession.
The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing offers an intimate glimpse of an unusually independent yet supportive community as well as a revealing, unforgettable portrait of its most daring member. In electric, pitch-perfect prose, Pierson gives us rare insights into not only a subculture but also the deeply human craving for something more that drives it.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
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Table of Contents
Foreword: Forward xi
1 A Damnably Labyrinthine Branch 1
2 Ingesting Road 19
3 This Near to Hellfire 33
Pause: They Endure 61
4 A Circle Back 67
5 Those Monumental Days 83
6 Why? 95
Pause: Motorcyclists Endure 113
7 A Difficult Road 119
8 A Family Bound 135
9 More and More Detached 147
10 Only These Rides 165
Afterword: There is Only Forward 187
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As one of the sub-culture Ms. Pierson write about I very happy that she is riding again and writing about it. If you love motorcycling of any type you wll enjoy the book immensely. If you are one of those that really feel only those eccentrics, or fringe elements, or folks with a death wish would ever chose to ride a motorcycle you will find this a challenging, difficult read. But, for all of us who find them to be "the perfect vehicle", this will be a more in depth look at riding, and riding what must seem incredible distances. I fall into that category that rides cross country vast distances. She nearly perfectly writes of the joys and self realizations that are the major part of why we undertake these journeys. My hope is she writes at leasr one more volume. One would speak to and about those of us aho have engaged in any of the many forms of motorcycle racing. Then another about the obsessive complusion to find and restore to perfect condition those motorcycles that are 50, 60, 70. And even older. Keep riding Melissa and keep writing, two things you do exceptionally well. Tom David, at 71, I fall into all three sub sets, LDR, racer, and "old bike nut"
I bought this book for my son as he owns 2 motorcycle and has driven cross country. He thought the book really gave a realistic view of life on the road. While reading ( only took him 2 days) he would laugh and then share that part with me. He has suggested I read the book so I would understand how he feels about motorcycles.