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I consider my books scenes from a long film of my life, each story a segment of a real adventure to which I had been a witness. I invite you to enjoy these and thus make them yours.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470001896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470001896
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,055,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm always seeking out books on adventure travel. Perhaps because I love to live vicariously, I don't know. So when a friend recommended this book to me about a guy who'd never ridden a motorcycle before, but gets talked into taking a motorcycle trip from Texas to Panama...with a group of guys he barely knows...well, I had to buy this book!

So I ordered the book...and then noticed that you could download a short preview for free with the Kindle app. So I downloaded it, thinking I could get a little headstart on reading it before the actual book arrived in the mail.

OMG...I was hooked! I got so into the story that I went ahead and bought the full Kindle version too. I could not put it down! So I ended up reading about half on the Kindle, then finished it when the actual book came.

This guy is an amazing writer. He knows how to lay out a story and keep you wrapped. I didn't want it to end. And I really hope he writes more, because his writing style puts him right up there with some of the best travel writers.

I did find that he had also written a short story in relation to this book called, "The Men Who Drowned." Wow...that was a powerful piece, and I highly recommend that too.
The Men Who Drowned (Painful Memories)

Buy this guy's books, and encourage him to keep on writing!
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Congratulations to the author. A great adventure beautifully written. As I finished the book and came back to write this review I saw the actual photos of the author in panama and the motorcycle i have been imagining all this days while reading the book. I recommend it to every beginner rider dreaming on carry on a similar adventure.
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As a reticent middle aged woman I wouldn’t get on a motorcycle and ride to Panama. But I couldn’t help wondering how a relative novice on the bike would fare when he joined a friend and two strangers to do so. What does the adventurer, the strong, silent male stereotype we idolize, really think as he mounts his ride? How well do these men truly bond?
In unflinching self-revelation the author takes us on two journeys, the one through Central America, and the more intimate one, where he meets his soul. We watch him wrestle with potholes of the road and defects of character, alternately the sullen, judgmental child who makes the reader cringe and an admirably humble, ethical and caring man. His discerning eye describes scenery and others’ personalities with a wry wit that makes the reader grateful to be along on the journeys.
Men’s stories of self-exploration are relatively rare. As Everyman, Mr. Rosenberg does an admirable job of revealing how to find balance while embracing one’s humanity. This is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Riding … but more intimate.
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When I decided at 70 to get my motorcycle license this was the first book I read . . . it gave me just about all the basics I needed - Of course I didn't stop with this one, but after reading four or five, this was my favorite - easiest reading - most informative.
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What a pleasant surprise! I am not usually an 'adventure' reader, but this one really pulled me in and didn't let go until I had finished the book. It is an adventure that probably should not have happened. Riding through Central America on a motorcycle with 3 guys you barely know, while you are still a novice, is not the most intelligent decision. Mr. Rosenberg obviously survived the trip, and now allowed me to go along for this amazing ride. It was a wonderful experience that I enjoyed from the comfort of my home.
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By Ka on May 23, 2012
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Let me start by saying I couldn't care less about motorcycles. This was a great adventure story that I couldn't stop reading. I was shocked at one point when I looked down on my kindle and was at 96%. From beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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As a person who much prefers to get her thrills riding a roller coaster, I must say that Mr. Rosenberg's adventure tale was gripping, inspiring and insightful. I felt as if I was along for the ride, which was at times frightful and at times hilarious! I also appreciated Mr. Rosenberg's ability to give depth to his riding "buddies'" character traits and also show how very unlike people can come together for a common purpose! Well done, Mr. Rosenberg! I look forward to reading about your next adventure!
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I enjoyed this book a bunch; it brought back a lot of memories. I used to ride a motorcycle, both in the USA and in the UK, and while I've vacationed many times in Mexico, I never thought to take a motorcycle down there. I imagined that it would be too dangerous. This book confirms that belief. And I don't think I would have had Mr. Rosenberg's patience with my fellow travelers... I would have been off on my own exploring pyramids and volcanos. But, the several incidents he describes regarding crooked police and just plain crooks makes me reconsider the importance of the strength in numbers.

This book was a fun read and I zipped right through it, wanting to feel the wind in my face again. I recommend it for anyone who wants to take an exciting motorcycle tour from their armchair.
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