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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (5 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595269907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595269907
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,205,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Meyer is a pilot, engineer, skier, and an avid motorcyclist with a few hundred thousand miles under his belt. When asked to describe himself, his usual answer is, "I'm a six-foot, three-hundred pound, blue-eyed Texan; supremely confident and strong as an ox, though I usually don't smell like one."

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if this book where an english version it would read something like this....rode up the M6 for about sixty miles pulled of at preston and whent to the jolly fryer for fish,chips,mushy peas,and a diet coke, but being a three hundred pound TEXAN i had a ton of chips,a whale and a bucket of mushy peas.This is the most boring book i have ever read,It reads like a sixteen year old on his first moped,i was doing eighty or i was doing seventy and then i pulled a wheely,the cop said i was the best rider he had ever seen.The chapter where he was riding on a deserted road a night when he saw a naked woman standing at the side of the road,stoped picked her up took her to a dinner for somthing to eat,then took her back to some kind of mansion where she lived,then when she asked if he would like to come in ,he remembered he was married and rode away,what is this guy on? As a serious motorcycle travel book it aint! as a collection of stories, of rides around the county ,and a few fantasys about sums it up.To give it more than ONE star would be a travesty to such writers as TED SIMON,OR JONNY BEALBY,TIM WATSON,or even EWEAN McGREGOR,and CHARLEY BOORMAN
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This is not a novel, an adventure book or a how to book. It's some short stories of the author's experiences and general thoughts of an American riding through the Interstates and Highways of the US. Within the stories, the detail can be a little repetitive and the format of each story tends to be the same. There is a lot of detail about breakfasts, diet coke and fried chicken, and I lost count of how many times he referred to himself as a three hundred pound American biker dude, which he seems very proud of. Having said that, he does capture the essence of riding a bike, certainly knows his bikes and has a passion for riding bikes, which is evident throughout the book. I think the price of the book is a little steep in terms of value for money.
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.........and share in the solid homespun (expertly assembled?) prose of Daniel Meyer. If you want to get even a glimpse of the symbiosis that exists between man and motorbicycle (if a Honda Valkyrie can be classed as a mere motorbicycle) this book is a must read.
It can be dipped into or devoured at a single go (albeit you'll keep coming back to savour the way the author can get you wishing to break free from your cage and just ride for the pleasure of it).
As Chris Rea threw out on one of his songs..."Texas! They got ROADS out there......"
Read some Daniel Meyer and share some road, some observations of what makes a man even of a young 'un, some REAL LIFE.

And tell those that might ask, who sent you.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 23 Jun. 2003
By Mark Butler - Published on
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This is one of those books that you either love or hate, either it touches you and makes you long for the open road and the adventures beyond the next "twistie" or you throw up your hands in disgust and consider it wasted time.
This is not a novel, on the surface its a simple set of small narrations of what happened during a trip: I took road x, stopped and had x for dinner, slept in motel x, etc. For many people this is all they get from it and its not terribly exciting.
For others, those who have the travelling "bug" this is a thrilling narrative of the romance of the open road. What it feels like to leave work on a friday, all strung out and hit the "twisties" and stop at small places where people call you "hon" and to begin to put your priorities back in order.
Mr. Meyers feelings towards his ride and his enjoyment of the open road, the desire to just start riding, pick roads at random and see where you end up... more importantly his ability to enjoy things that others avoid, like riding in the middle of a storm or right through the middle of a dust-devil..appeal to me, its something that people either understand or look at you funny about. If you understand then this book is for you!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why read this Book? 26 Mar. 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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O.k. I have just received my copy of "Life is a Road" and finished reading it. I figure now is a good time to review this book and what I got from it.
Having known the author for many years and being mentioned in the book a couple of times I may not have a completely unbiased opinion concerning "Life is a Road". Of course, like most people, I don't have many unbiased opinions on many subjects.
The question of why I would read "Life is a Road" is simply answered in my case. I did not want a 300 pound biker, who occasionally smells like an ox, sitting in my living room sticking a book under my nose every 3 minutes saying "Read this, read this!" So it is a matter of simple self defense when looked at in that light. The question of what I got out of reading the book is not so simply answered.
Even though I experienced most of the trips described in "Life is a Road" I still gained insight into the larger world around me by reading the book. Although I was there (in varying states of exuberance - boredom - awe - misery - delight etc...) seeing the events from the authors point of view made me re-evaluate some of the ideas and concepts I developed along the journey. Two people seeing the same thing can have completely opposite reactions. A case in point is the 75 mile dust storm we encountered in far west Texas during the Hell and Gone trip. My reaction to the event was "Well hell, now I have to breath and taste sand for an hour or so." Danny's reaction as expressed in his book is one more of wonder. It did not strike me as a wonder of any kind during that ride, but looking back on it through the descriptions, and through the eyes, of the author made me realize what a wonderful experience it was. Amazing how two people can be so much alike and so totally different.
Like the author I am an avid motorcycle rider. Long distance ridding is a true joy in itself. For me the journey is an opportunity to pit myself against the road and nature, as well as see new things along the way. For the author it is an opportunity to once again experience the vibrancy of life that a soul of true passion craves. We each take something home with us at the end of each journey, in my case photographs and stories. What the author brings home from his journeys is superbly revealed in "Life is a Road". Unlike my photos, which can never truly depict the scope and depth of their subjects, the stories in "Life is a Road" does an amazing job of letting the reader feel and see their subjects.
Even if I had never ridden a motorcycle, reading this book would have given me something new. So, what did I get from reading "Life is a Road"? A whole new outlook on motorcycle journeys - and guide posts on what to look for on the next journey.
The main point the book brings across is one I have known for many years - the journey is the point, not the destination. It is easy to forget that at times and it is nice to be reminded in such an entertaining way.
I would recommend this book to not only motorcycle riders but also anyone who has the urge to journey out into the larger world.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best new real life motorcyclist book since jupiter's travels 5 Sept. 2004
By bigdan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book almost non-stop. If you ride a motorcycle, it's a must read. If you don't, read it and find out why the rest of us ride! Humor, adventure, a little sureal, something for all. The story about finding the cat is worth the price of admission alone!

I'm looking forward to reading his next tome, as soon as riding season's over :).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total enjoyment 30 April 2003
By Michael A Lee - Published on
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr. Meyer does a wonderful job of painting the imagery of a scene. He also has a great sense of humor. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read just for pure enjoyment.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American as all Get Out! 5 Sept. 2004
By Editors - Local Biz - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Daniel Meyer is a Dallas area author who has written two books of short stories that are at once charming and very American. He travels the roads on a Honda Valkyrie and has... adventures. He writes these episodes up in a succint style, which makes for quick and thoughtful reading. More than 'adventure stories', these books are little nuggets of Americanna that give just a little different perspective on contemprary life. Well worth the reading!"

- editors,
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