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Against the Wind: A Rider's Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally ("Incredible journeys" books) Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Ron Ayres is a nationally recognized motorcycle endurance rider who has completed numerous endurance competitions, including two Iron Butt rallies. His first book, Against the Wind, chronicles his participation in the 1995 Iron Butt Rally, which he finished in sixth place after riding more than 12,000 miles in eleven days. Against the Wind has been widely acclaimed among motorcyclists and non-riders alike and is now in its third printing.
In 1998, Ron shattered a Guinness World Record when he visited all 48 contiguous states by motorcycle in just six days. After completing his 48-state journey in Washington, he continued to Hyder, Alaska, and set a record as the first motorcyclist to visit all 49 North American states in seven days.
In 1999, Ron and his wife Barbara relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa. Ron is Chief Executive Officer of EDS Africa, a global firm which provides information technology services to companies in sub-Saharan Africa. Ron continues his motorcycle adventures in Africa. In March 2000, he and South African rider Shaun Powell will lead a group of experienced motorcyclists on an "8 Flags" ride through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you ride, or even if you just are a 'wanna be', read this book. It's an easy read: I finished it in two sessions. You may even find out something about yourself that has eluded your consciousness. :-)
Keep the rubber side down.
If you have any interest in endurance motorcycle riding -- whether your interest is to eventually participate or just to know what it's like, this book is for you.
As a memoir, it's also really well written. I love memoirs and so I've read a lot of them. I think this is well written & well structured. It presents enough background to understand the undertaking but not so much as to get inundated with details. It is a bit of a special topic but any motorcycle, motorist or etc would probably find this book interesting. It easy, I think, to appreciate the undertaking that Ron and other IBR participates underwent in order to complete the event.