“Riding a bike removes the need for clutter, toys, rubbish that other men have to take on holiday. If I want adrenaline, I’ll rush a giddy overtake, not rent a jet ski.”
The world through the eyes of Dan Walsh is never less than Technicolor, and always uninhibited, rebellious and on the edge. Not since the days of Ted Simon’s Jupiter’s Travels has one man embarked on such a crazed bike trek around the world.
“For me, Chile will always be South America’s supermodel sister – very beautiful but too long, too skinny, and too expensive to ride, and despite the groovy exterior, unpleasantly right-wing underneath.”
Dan has traveled the length and breadth of the world; in Africa, on his XT Desert Rat; in America, on a BMW F65OGS Dakar. Along the way he’s visited Buenos Aires, where “revolutionary” means the angry poor invading the presidential palace, not a really small phone that’s also a camera. He’s been mistaken for a bum in New York, hammered by deadly tequila in Mexico, contracted typhoid in a dilapidated Bolivian hotel, visited the Most Beautiful Road in the World in Peru, and been kidnapped in Kenya.
“I get my bum pinched by a tranny, my pocket picked by a grafter and get a gun pulled on me by a one-eyed, one-armed midget who’s upset ‘cause I winked at him. These are the days that must happen to you.”
Cynical but grudgingly hopeful and bitingly funny, Dan Walsh is the rightful heir to Ted Simon as the pre-eminent biker-rebel of our generation.
I returned it. I was expecting a neat story but didn't care for the rough character throughout. Just wasn't for me. You might like it though.Published 5 months ago by Tracey
Dan Walsh is random, not very entertaining, and has a writing style that you will either find "novel" or on level with a 5th grader. Save your money. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Frog4aday
Like others have mentioned, this is the US release of "These are the Days." Same book, different title. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Dan Diego
Superb and funny account - this is the most oblivious world traveler who actually completed his trip, but loses credit for the bike notPublished on August 20, 2011 by Pennyname
I tried and tried, but just found this book so easy to put down and wish I hadn't bothered trying.
I skipped several pages when it just became intolerable and boring. Read more
The motorcycle talk was parceled out fairly and not unevenly between the personal life talk and the tourist talk of whatever country he visited. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Stephane Poirier
Okay, there were several people in the book.
I loved Dan Walsh in his limited appearances in Motorcyclist magazine. Read more
This is an excellent motorcycle story. This is everything a motorcycle journey around the world should be. The writter is a real as&h*le, a drunk and basically a loser. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by D. gravlee
book arrived in excellent condition and is quirky and entertaining. the seller got this in the mail immediately, I received it in good time. I'd buy from this seller again.Published on November 26, 2009 by Samia L. Hollinger