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Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road Hardcover – 19 Sep 2002
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Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, the second motorcycle memoir (following 1996's The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa) from the author best known as drummer and lyricist of the legendary Canadian rock band Rush, chronicles a journey of healing. In the late-90s, Peart suffered a pair of life-changing tragedies: he lost his daughter and his wife of 20 years within a 10 month period. In the autumn of 1998, in an effort to distract himself from grief and re-evaluate his life, he embarked on a trip that took him across Canada and through the US and Mexico. Through diary notes and letters written over the course of 55,000 miles, Peart chronicles his feelings of loss and envy, and the slow rebuilding of his life through the support of friends and family. Ghost Rider is also an alternative travel guide fuelled by the author's detailed descriptions of towns, roads, hotels, restaurants and the people he encounters. "Moab proved to be the perfect small town, at least by the Ghost Rider's exacting criteria," he writes, "those being that a town should have a decent motel, a small museum of local history, a friendly post office and a well-stocked liquor store." Thought-provoking and even humorous at times, Peart reveals in straight-ahead prose the emotional turmoil following such an epic loss--and we ride shotgun as he gradually acquires a renewed sense of purpose. --Eric Wilson, Amazon.ca
"Well-written, harrowing and filled with just-right touches of levity, [this book] is a necessary story about the human condition." -- Altfresh
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The tragic events that happened to him and his family are documented here as well as the extraordinary journey that followed.
I am certainly not a critic so i will have to finish here but I cannot recommend this read highly enough.
I learned one very important lesson from this book.
Even in the darkest moments of a life, light and beauty is still everywhere to be found and being alive truly is a gift.
The tragic loss and grieving process was heartfelt .it didn't pull
Any punches and if you have lost someone will identify with it.it's not easy read because of the subject matter and also
Because the road trips he took were distracting,but also fascinating.I got this book mainly because I am a massive rush
Fan and have always loved his intelligent lyrics.the biggest compliment I can give this book is the letters he writes on the road,feel is as if he is talking to you the reader.long may John
Ellwood taylor continue to find peace.
What drew to this book, was the subject matter, as I too have had to deal with the loss of three family members in the last year. I'm dealing with it in my own way, but given free time and money, I would have liked to have done the same as Neil.(especially as I have a massive sports touring bike under cover, at present unused!)
I was impressed with Neil's easy style, particularly his lack of fear at expressing his feelings of jealousy toward people being able to share life in a way that he no-longer could, which I too share.
I haven't finished the book yet, but will as soon as I can!
Thanks Neil! you've really helped.
As a biker, really appreciated the parts of the book where Neil clearly conveyed the excitement of a good road being ridden and the emotion this can bring about within the rider
Overall - a good read but be prepared for emotion of a man who clearly has a lot to deal with.
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