OUR BOOKS, page 2
Those Two Idiots!
Two Continents. One Journey. No Idea.
ISBN-13 9781890623661, $24.99, 410 Pages, Softcover
"We had become known on the various Internet forums as 'those two idiots' as we bumbled our way around from one minor disaster to the next"
Mayhem, mirth, and adventure follow these two riders across two continents. Jack and Marcin set off for Thailand thinking they were prepared, more or less, but mostly less. This story is full of mishaps and triumphs, told in an amusing style. Here is an honest overland excursion with all the highs and lows, wins and losses, wonderful people and low-lifes, and charms and pitfalls of their manner of travel and of the countries through which they pass.
Shiny Side Up
Musings on the improbable inclination to travel on two wheels
ISBN-13 9781890623722, $19.99, 248 Pages, Softcover
Collected columns and essays on motorcycling
A delightful compilation of articles ands essays on all things motorcycle by Ron Davis, writer, columnist, and associate editor for BMW Owners News, the largest magazine for BMW motorcycle owners on the planet. Shiny Side Up: Musings on the Improbable Inclination to Travel on Two Wheels has been featured in magazines like RoadRunner, BMW Owners News, On the Level, Backroads USA, Volume One, Motorcycle Sport and Leisure and online programs such as Motorbike Rider, Motorcycle Misfits, Adventure Rider Radio, and Spectrum West.
“A very special collection of motorcycle life experiences and observations. There’s a sweet cadence between these covers you can feel. Each of the stories sparkles like Wisconsin sunshine on a warm summer afternoon and you’ll find yourself reading one after another, and another . . . and then another, sort of like a literary version of the vibrational “sweet spot” a well-tuned bike delivers as it thrums along a smooth two lane country road, happily taking you across mile after wonderful mile. When each of the stories was first published in magazines they all were widely appreciated but (unknown to anyone at the time) something was missing. Those discrete ingredients have all come together here in a delicious, perfect and honest book about a well-lived motorcycle life.”—Andy Goldfine, founder of Aerostich
"If you're looking for a light read about motorcycles, the riding lifestyle and growing old gracefully, check out Shiny Side Up by BMW fan Ron Davis."—Motorbikewriter.com
“Great collection of columns, and they make it hard to turn your
reading light off and go to bed. It’s one of those “Just one more”
books, a fun mixture of humor and insight that’ll resonate with anyone who rides.” —Peter Egan, Cycle World Columnist and author of Leanings, Leanings 2, Leanings 3, and The Best of Peter Egan
Tales from Aotearoa—Land of the Long White Cloud
ISBN-13 9781890623708, $23.99, 314 Pages, Softcover
Hellbent for Paradise is the inspiring—and often nail biting—tale of Zoë Cano’s exploits roaming the jaw-dropping natural wonders of Aotearoa New Zealand on a mission to find her own paradise.
From the outset of this 5,000 kilometre road trip odyssey, this free-spirited motorcycle traveller is pushed to her limits as a series of catastrophic cyclones come crashing through New Zealand.
Along the way, Zoë encounters colourful people from all walks of life, including artists and musicians, sheep farmers, Maori fishermen, a healer, stargazers, fellow travellers, and even motorcycle gangs who’ll all open her eyes and introduce her to the raw underbelly of the country.
But the journey doesn’t quite turn out as she’d planned and extreme measures are needed to complete—and even survive—the Land of the Long White Cloud!
Hit the Road, Jac!
ISBN-13 9781890623647, $23.99, 334 Pages, Softcover
At 50, with her marriage having fallen apart, Jacqui leaves her home and family for India. There she buys a, some might say anachronistic, Royal Enfield motorcycle and begins the adventure of her life. She wanders the world for seven years across India; Southeast Asia; Australia; New Zealand; and South, Central and North America on a voyage of discovery, both of the lands she passes through and the people she meets, and perhaps more importantly, of herself. This is a story of marvelous travel, love, betrayal, reconciliation, self-discovery, and finally homecoming. As all good adventure travel books do, this is not simply a travel story but a story of the "adventure between the ears" of this intrepid, sometimes self-assured and sometimes not, brave and sometimes frightened, regretful but hopeful traveler.
I really like this book!
I'm not often inclined to start comments about a book with words such as, what a phenomenal read! Hit the Road, Jaq! more than deserves the description…it's very easy to give it five stars.
—Sam Manicom, author of Into Africa, Under Asian Skies, Distant Suns, Tortillas to Totems,
and Jupiter's Travellers Advisor to the Ted Simon Foundation.
A beautifully told tale of travel, love, and discovery…one of the best travel biographies you'll read."
Her style of travel is unhurried, optimistic, spontaneous, yet her writing is punchy, candid and involving.
A Big Trip which bounces along, full of life!.
—Motorcycle Sport and Leisure Magazine
Man in the Saddle
Translated by Nienke Hartog from the Dutch Man in het Zadel
ISBN-13 9781890623623, $25.99, 372 Pages, Softcover
Deadhorse to Ushuaia—an epic journey on many long distance riders’ bucket lists. But few would contemplate tackling that ride on a vintage 1975 Moto Guzzi. The author’s choice of motorcycle is as unique as his interactions with the people and history he finds along the way. This is not the typical account of that route across the Americas, but one which is as uncommon as the rider, the Dutch print journalist Paul van Hooff—the Man in the Saddle.
ISBN-13 9781890623609, $20.99, 228 Pages, Softcover
Tracy Farr sets off on multiple legs of a motorcycle ride to the four corners of America in search of the essence of the land and its people. What he finds out about the US, long distance riding, and himself often surprises and amuses him. Tracy’s tongue-in-cheek light-hearted style keeps the reader smiling while he peels back, layer by layer, the essence of the land he passes through and the people he meets.
Finding the line between desire and contentment. Then riding it.
ISBN-13 9781890623562, $25.99, 370 Pages, Softcover
Who tries to ride deep into Iraq just to see if the news reports are accurate, ends up joining a street demonstration against someone else’s government, or sticks their arm between the jaws of a wild mountain wolf-dog?
After the success of his first book In Search of Greener Grass, Graham Field hits the road again with his bargain-basement KLR650, recording his experiences in his inimitable and revealingly honest diary style. The Caucasus region is often overlooked by travellers, but Graham may inadvertently be about to change all that.
A single pivotal event can transform any journey, and accepting rather than fighting that moment can have glorious consequences for the traveller. In this instant the result ensures a fantastic exploration of eastern Europe and beyond, the discovery of a hidden gem in Georgia, and meanderings that leave us all much richer.
Ultimately, Eureka is an almost accidental realization that we cannot control our mood on the road, but merely embracing it can be the most enlightening travel experience of all.
And the Spaces In-Between
ISBN-13 9781890623199, $23.99, 336 Pages, Softcover
We all have our journeys to make.
Because everything is not black and white—Different Natures takes you on three journeys. Each gives an honest and passionate insight into the evolution of a a compulsive traveller. Looking for direction with the wrpng eyes spawned Graham's lust for wandering. The miles cleared his vision and hunger for longer distances grew with an insatiable appetite for new experiences.
Divulging tales from his diaries spanning a twelve year period of travel from Arctic Circle to Mexico, Graham Field's journeys are his life. Inevitably, these experiences increase his awareness as he passes through various natures of both a reluctant maturity andthe extreme environments between his destination.
From midnight sun to darkest nights, there is as much diversity in these tales as common threads.
Taste the addictive exhilaration of inhospitable environments.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Surprising. Funny. Opinionated. Vivid.—Ride Magazine
Chilli, Skulls & Tequila
Notes from Baja California
ISBN-13 9781890623579, $24.99, 354 Pages, Softcover
Iconic Baja California, surrounded by the pounding Pacific Ocean and crystal calm Sea of Cortez, is an isolated and proud land woven together by ancient myths, legends and amazing true stories.
Zoë captures the spirit of this beautiful, awe-inspiring and intriguing place on a solo 3000 mile adventure “on the roads less travelled,” encountering a myriad of surprises along the way.
She quickly falls under its magical spell and discovers the authentic and unique side of Baja and its people, who are so culturally diverse and proudly different from the rest of Mexico.
The landscapes are extreme, sometimes unforgiving, but always spellbinding. Rich fertile valleys merge into arid cacti-strewn deserts. Mountains melt into forests and the wildest beaches and bays, home to the richest diversity of marine life.
Reflecting life “out on the road,” Zoë also digs up a treasure trove of her other travel story
gems and cleverly intertwines them with this story.
Zoë is the kind of traveller you’d want by your side, whether navigating in the middle of nowhere, communicating with people along the way, or simply observing the stranger social aspects of a place. Without a doubt she brings her
own unique insight.
ISBN-13 9781890623784, $21.99, 242 Pages, Softcover
The British Isles, encompassing thousands of islands both big and small, are like sparkling rough-cut gems sprinkled into the North Atlantic. Discovering their diverse and jaw-dropping landscapes are like treasures waiting to be dug up.
As a wonderful compilation of original short stories closer to home, Zoë Cano captures the very essence of Britain’s natural beauty with eclectic travels she’s taken over the years exploring England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Unsurprisingly, these journeys turn into mini adventures that include motorcycling around the legendary Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, slowly exploring Wales on a scooter, living in a little camper van to discover the remote Scottish Highlands and bravely sailing across the English Channel during the total Eclipse of the Sun.
With Zoë’s never-ending appetite for experiencing new places, and always up for a challenge, these tales will make you chuckle out loud but also flood your roaming imagination.
She’s done it again! Beautifully compelling us all to curiously wander!
Save 15% when Graham Field's adventure travel trilogy is bought as a set! Normally $75.97, When bought as a set $64.57
Includes In Search of Greener Grass, Eureka, and Different Natures.