You get two books in one with Pack Your Bags.
Dave has interweaved his challenging tour of the UK coasts with stories, anecdotes and memoirs of his past and sharing with the reader his two great loves of his life; the motorcycle and his wife Liz. So take your pick from which is your favourite.
The main thrust of the book is undoubtedly for bikers and the experiences of his great ride. He gives great detail into the places he stopped at, the things he saw and the kindness of the characters he met. If you're biking tastes incorporate plastic crotch rockets then this may not be your first choice as there are no knee sliders on the tarmac, but read the book anyway. Dave's enthusiasm for the Kawasaki Vulcan and it's reliability will have you hooked and turning the pages quickly.
If perhaps you're of slightly more mature years and remember the heyday of British motorcycles then you'll definitely enjoy the intimate detail that he shares with us in regard to his former rides as a youth. So many of the British marques get a mention, and Dave is forthright with his opinion of the engineering skills of our manufacturing base at the time, as well as those of the yellow peril that alas (but not surprisingly) overtook our motorcycle industry.
I really enjoyed the stories he told of his meagre upbringing in the 50's and 60's. His love with two wheels shone through on nearly every page, until it met it's match in the shape of a young Liz.
Dave recants the times they spent together, an early marriage and an even earlier child to support. He tells of the sub-standard houses, the fights with neighbours, the burglaries and arson of his business, and also of the illnesses he faced along the way.
Eeee, life was tough in those days!
A great and easy read for bikers and non-bikers. Enjoy.