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One Brit, One Bike, One Big Country [Paperback]

John McKay , Robert Morris , Koi Quittenton
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Book Description

30 Jan 2010
The story of one man's trip of a lifetime: a motorcycle adventure covering 4 corners of the USA

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One Brit, One Bike, One Big Country + There & Back Again to See How Far It Is: Cultural Observations of an Englishman Aboard a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Around Small-Town America + Pack Your Bags and Get Out!
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bronwyn Editions; 1st edition (30 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956299334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956299338
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The true story of one man's lone trip around 3 corners of America on a Harley Davidson

From the Author

When I first decided to make this journey and shortly afterward write a book, I thought the journey would be the hard part and the writing would be easy. Far from it! This is my first book and whilst I found writing it a challenge there will hopefully be others, with more biker experiences and more tips for travellers following in my tracks. What I hope is that I've delivered a true but humorous account of everything I experienced. My desire is that it encourages anyone and everyone that is thinking of making a trip like this to just get on and do it. It's so easy to find things that stop us doing something, but look past them, find ways round them, and then go for it! I had a wonderful time and met some incredible people. It's amazing that in the whole three months, I only met one individual that was, well to put it nicely, someone I could have done without.
Many people have read my book now and I thank everyone for the positive reviews they have made. America and Americans were topics I knew little about but now that I've shared my experiences, I am so glad that others have found them useful, interesting and amusing.
Who's with me for another trip??

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read but not well written 16 Sep 2011
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overall a good bedtime read, but at times very amateur use of description and humour. i like my bikes but ive never been to usa, so i thought this could be the inspiration that i need as i have warned the wife of upcoming MLC. unfortunately there was very little in the book that would inspire me to go the USA for a biking holiday, ill stick to europe. i take my hat off to john for going off and doing it, which is always a bit easier to do with no kids/wife/mortgage etc.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ...and the point is?.... 10 July 2011
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John must have had an immense amount of fun on his holiday.... and that is the problem really was just an extended holiday the nature of which I strongly suspect hundreds of people each year from the UK do.

The point of the trip for John, seemed to me to be the writing of the book rather than the experiencing all the USA had to offer. The book was going to get written anyway regardless of whether his experiences were dull, mediocre or really interesting. Unfortunately they were mediocre....and the author is not an accomplished enough story teller to make them come alive or observe them with the witicism of other travel writers.

Well done for doing it John, but...not for me really.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ride! 31 Mar 2010
I don't have detailed knowledge of the USA so I really liked the details John added about the places he saw and went. I learned a lot from the accounts on the background of Route 66, Key West and Chicago. Don't think this is a history book though because it isn't! It's about biking across the USA, travelling over 14,000 miles, visiting 23 States and having a huge amount of fun on the way. It's also about the people he met which were almost all extremely generous and warm-hearted, even the ex Hells Angels in California!

Whether you're into biking or not it's a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An okay read 16 Jan 2013
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Got this pretty cheap for the Kindle and was glad I didn't pay a lot for it. Pretty amateur writing and I did find myself skipping parts of the book which were pretty boring. The writer struck me as one of slightly eccentric Englishmen with money to burn and didn't come across as much of a real biker. Would have preferred a bit more info on the actual planning and the fuel economy and motorcycle side of things. Also the descriptions of distances covered and actual geography of the trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OneBrit,One Bike,One big country 1 Feb 2012
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I found the book very disappointing. The writing style was amatuerish and the attempt at humour ,particularly in the first part of the book were excruiating.
There were some interesting historical facts but not enough about the actual journey,eg,distances travelled each day,mpg of bike,were there frequent enough petrol stations etc. Maps,even simple diagrams would have been a great help as unless the reader had a grasp of the geography of the USA it was difficult to envisage where the writer was and where he was heading.

Unfortunately the writer said he was no writer and this was borne out and I was not at all happy to pay £8.00 for a book to be subjected to an advert for a multi level marketing company.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Brit One Bike One great Read! 14 Oct 2010
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At the beginning of the book John declares that he is no writer, this is not true. John is an excellent writer who has the ability to take you right along on his marathon journey. As a bike nut myself I can empathise with the struggles through the bad weather and battling the sheer weight of the motorcycle, however John adds something a lot more than just a report on his travels. His witty and informative writing style takes you with him down each and every road and, into each situation with flowing descriptions that it is almost as if you are standing by his side listening and watching the whole journey unfold first hand. A brilliantly revealing first book that demands a lot of free time to read as once you have started the journey with John, you will not want to put the book down until the end.
Highly recommended even if you are not into motorbikes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 24 Mar 2011
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I'm going along with all the other reviews so far and say that it is a very enjoyable and well written book. Enough detail to keep you interested and a good balance between the bike, trip, country and people. What endeared me to the writer was that he was camping for most of the trip, rather than touring on his credit card, which gave a better feeling of an adventure. You do not need to be a Harley Davidson owner or even interested in bikes to enjoy this book, you just need to be interested in other people's travels.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book - I couldn't put it down! 29 Mar 2010
I really enjoyed John's book. As a biker myself I've never had the guts to go on a long trip - afraid I'd miss my home comforts too much, then the kids came along, then the dog and soon the chickens. Thanks John for sharing your wonderful journey with us - I feel like I had the pleasure of joining you on the ride. You've given me a completely different picture of the real Americans - not the corporates I had the misfortune of working for a couple of years ago. I really liked the bit about the museum and it's over-zealous curator - I could just imagine you backing away - very very slowly! You're writing style is very well developed for a first book and you should be very proud of your work. When's the next trip - I'd like to come too and I'd definitely like to read about it!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
like the writer says he's not a writer but I couldn't stop reading it
Published 2 months ago by Chris Doody
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy rider easy read
The author completed a motorbike road trip through 24 US states, the sort of "bucket" list type of thing many blokes dream of. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Fitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Nicely written story, would like to follow on
Published 3 months ago by G. Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Just do it
Enjoyed the book tremendously........didn't realise it was by a local man....I work for a local Triumph dealer and will do a similar trip .........soon. as my mates as "just do it"
Published 9 months ago by Jim Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
A great read, very inspiring, I'm not a massive fan of reading books but I have really enjoyed this one, definitely going to actually plan a similar trip :)
Published 10 months ago by dave
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre
Very slow at first,gets better towards the end!
There is better books on motorcycle journeys out there but if you persevere it does get better.
Published 14 months ago by mark stoker
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read!
I found this book very entertaining, interesting and enjoyable. It's just the thing to pass the long, cold winter nights and get you dreaming of or planning your next trip. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
ordered and delivered soon after. well packaged. book is a good read. i felt i was also on the journey. will certainly be reading over and over
Published 19 months ago by Laura Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
Bought this for my husband who is a keen motorcyclist, he seemed to like it but still hasn't read it all the way through yet, to busy on his motorbike, wish I could have got it as... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs. M. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Extended Boundarys
All in all a good and informative book. Rather full of negatives to begin with but moved on from that as the book progressed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Coolfreddie
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