Setting out with no intention of writing a book about the trip – but simply enjoying the journey – what started out as a daily blog journal became increasingly popular with readers around the world, and was ultimately transformed into a formidable 400-page book: France in America.
The extraordinary 21,000-mile journey to explore the hidden corners of 27 American states unfolds through a down-to-earth record of what he saw, who he met and what he felt on the road, backed up with an impressive photographic inventory. As he clicks up the miles from the New England states, through the Midwest and the Rockies, and closing in the desert states of the Pacific coast, Gary’s thoughts and language become increasingly reflective and vivid as the ‘journey’ progresses – revealing more and more of his internal exploration and steady winding down.
“A Master of the bike ride narrative.”The account will resonate with many. Not just those who wish they could make such a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, but also with the many men who have faced the unspoken uncertainties and reassessments of midlife. The essence of that transition is succinctly captured by Gary’s comment to one of the fellow riders he encounters along the road, when he says: “Sometimes it is important to just seize the moment and do what you always wanted to do.”
This is not only a detailed trip guide about where to go and what to see in the US. It is also a personal travel story of one person seizing the moment – a living testimony to the maxim that travel is not so much about the destination as it is about the journey itself. One man living his dream, and carefully cornering through the opportunities that midlife presents.
“A breathtaking way to explore.”
The book is a large, coffee table format, its 400 pages full of excellent pictures, maps and ideas about where to go on a US road trip. If planning your own US road trip, the book is an invaluable resource. It would be an excellent present to give to people who enjoy travel, adventure or motorcycles!
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Stu and I were fortunate to meet up with Gary in Sturgis, SD. His was an amazing journey and this book chronicles it with wonderful stories and gorgeous photographs. A book to enjoy for many years to com.