One Man's Motorcycle Travels Through North America
by Fred O'Brien
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A man, his Harley, and America.
From the Book
This is a story about chairs on front porches and smiles in gas stations,
about looking America in the face and having it look back. Itís about
seeing states that were once nothing but colored squares on a map.
Itís about being unafraid to travel solo and let the folks out there know that you came alone and in peace; that you just dropped by to see what they had to offer. Itís about bragging rights and strutting biker attitudesósome real and most imagined.
Itís about missing what we have and having what we miss. Itís about every paradox in life. Itís about being alone in a room full of friends and, later, being surrounded by voices 100 miles from the nearest human sound.
It is about being afraidófor no other reason than fear exists on the edge of the unknownóno matter how close and familiar everything appears on the surface. Itís about time; about having too much and doing too little or having too little and trying too much
This is a story about the directions in which we run and what we find when we get there. Itís about the past and the future and how they touch the present.
Itís about having a damn good time doing nothing but observing, listening to others and being grateful about the wonderful events that fall into the lives of others and spill over into yours. Itís about living dreams that I didnít know I had because I was too busy to look.
Itís about being still in Godís world and about God still being in ours. Itís about not knowing when to get out of the rain or how I got into it in the first place.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fred OíBrien was raised in Burlington, Vermont. In 1964, after graduating from High School, he joined the U.S. Navy to see the world and escape his small part of it. In 1968, he returned to Vermont, where he worked as a truck driver while attending night classes. He took his first full-time computer job that summer and in 1974 he moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked as a Systems Analyst for 30 years. In 1995, he returned to motorcycle riding after a 20-year hiatus from the road.