I'm also late jumping on the Rev Stalking bandwagon. I re-happened upon his and Rolly's adventure of circumnavigating the you essay, an adventure documented HERE & HERE, inspired by C. K. Shepherd's book, "Across America by Motor-Cycle". (Link to book contained in thread and blog)
So with the wizardry of modern electronics, I popped the book onto the Kindle. It's been a, well, can't say "page turner", so it's been a Forward Button clicker. 48% of the way into it. Nothing against Rev or Rolly, as I would love to make an epic trip like theirs, but their jaunt was a mere cakewalk compared to that fellow <S>Cecil</s>. (EDIT: Cyril)
At one point, our British hero makes a staggering 5 miles in 6 hours time. He deals with rain and heat at a time before raingear or vented gear. Breakdowns leading to roadside engine teardowns, and a get-going-again repair with a stick. A realization that he can get away with not wearing a hat or covering his neck in the American public and not be considered rude. Farmers and service stations owners and their suspected nefarious deeds. He stands before a judge to answer for his brisk improprieties, argues with motorcycle service departments who were not keen on immediacy, fails to meet up with mailed funds, and rides a mixture of pleasant and horrible, horrible roads. C. K. was the man.
I love how
Mr. Shephard, in the book's Preface, wrote:In the following pages I have endeavoured to portray America and Americans exactly as I found them and they appealed to me. If at times I perchance may give offence to any who are lovers of all and anything American, I do it without intent.
...yet goes on to lambaste Americans later on in the book. Rightfully so in many instances.
So far a great motorcycle adventure book, and an American road history book.