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A rip-roaring Harley ride across America, told through the investigative lenses of a pair of husband-and-wife itinerant bikers from the UK Told in a conversational and often times humorous tone, this is the story of Tom Cunliffe and his wife Roz, who took life in the saddle and on to the American highways and byways astride the quintessential dream machine: the A rip-roaring Harley ride across America, told through the investigative lenses of a pair of husband-and-wife itinerant bikers from the UK Told in a conversational and often times humorous tone, this is the story of Tom Cunliffe and his wife Roz, who took life in the saddle and on to the American highways and byways astride the quintessential dream machine: the Harley-Davidson. Beginning in Baltimore—where they first had to find a suitable bike for Roz to ride—they journeyed northwest through Washington, Oregon, and California, and then back east again through Arizona, Texas, and up the Atlantic coast. With flashbacks to the '60s, the eclectic assortment of moonshiners, bikers—both hard and not-so-hard—cowhands, Sioux Indians, strippers, bible bashers, war veterans, southern gents, and the occasional alligator delivers a unique insight into the diversity of the United States. As Tom himself says: "Conclusions about other nations are hazardous, and I have hesitated to draw any. Readers may find their own among the tire tracks."


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A rip-roaring Harley ride across America, told through the investigative lenses of a pair of husband-and-wife itinerant bikers from the UK Told in a conversational and often times humorous tone, this is the story of Tom Cunliffe and his wife Roz, who took life in the saddle and on to the American highways and byways astride the quintessential dream machine: the A rip-roaring Harley ride across America, told through the investigative lenses of a pair of husband-and-wife itinerant bikers from the UK Told in a conversational and often times humorous tone, this is the story of Tom Cunliffe and his wife Roz, who took life in the saddle and on to the American highways and byways astride the quintessential dream machine: the Harley-Davidson. Beginning in Baltimore—where they first had to find a suitable bike for Roz to ride—they journeyed northwest through Washington, Oregon, and California, and then back east again through Arizona, Texas, and up the Atlantic coast. With flashbacks to the '60s, the eclectic assortment of moonshiners, bikers—both hard and not-so-hard—cowhands, Sioux Indians, strippers, bible bashers, war veterans, southern gents, and the occasional alligator delivers a unique insight into the diversity of the United States. As Tom himself says: "Conclusions about other nations are hazardous, and I have hesitated to draw any. Readers may find their own among the tire tracks."

30 review for Good Vibrations: Coast to Coast by Harley

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Tom Cunliffe and his wife Roz set off on an epic 3 month trip across the United States on the back of Harley Davidsons. Tom has shipped his bike from the UK and Roz, who only passed her test the month before purchasing 'Betty Boop' for the trip. The couple travel the backroads from Baltimore to San Francisco and back again. The first thing I would like to say is kudos to Roz for taking on such a massive riding journey with minimal riding experience. Roz's experience and confidence really grow on Tom Cunliffe and his wife Roz set off on an epic 3 month trip across the United States on the back of Harley Davidsons. Tom has shipped his bike from the UK and Roz, who only passed her test the month before purchasing 'Betty Boop' for the trip. The couple travel the backroads from Baltimore to San Francisco and back again. The first thing I would like to say is kudos to Roz for taking on such a massive riding journey with minimal riding experience. Roz's experience and confidence really grow on this trip which was definitely a case of sink or swim for her. Roz is amazing! I have really enjoyed reading this book again. The couple undertake to avoid the tourist traps and stay off the beaten track. They camp or stay in small family run motels in tiny towns that few will have heard of. The best thing about this Travel Biography are the people that Tom and Roz meet. Their easy-going nature mean that they take people as they find them. So despite being given the warnings about travelling to the next town: 'It's rough, the folks aren't very nice', usually meet these folks and find them to be absolutely charming, yet at times equally mistrustful of the folks in the next town. It's a lesson we can all learn about taking people as we find them and making up our own minds. This all makes for a fascinating glimpse into small town America and I felt I learnt more about the good old USA and its people. The conversation style is easy and you almost feel you are enjoying a few jars at the local bar in town with Roz and Tom as Tom recounts his adventures such as when he decided to walk a mile in Death Valley, the time he gambled in Texas or his time as he lived in the States during the progressive 60's. It seems to be a simple life: breakfast, ride, hit a few bars and camp. At the book's heart is how interesting America and its people are, the kind generosity of strangers and never to let prejudice stand in the way of making a new friend. Something which I think we all could do with hearing right now. So yes I loved re-reading this and would recommend it to anyone who has ever dreamed about a trip across the States, or anyone just intrigued about the USA as a whole.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Justin Coad

    A nice travelogue. At times too self absorbed and pretentious. I like a travelogue to be something where you wish you could spend time with the authors (eg McCarthy's bar).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Davies

    Ok overall with some interesting episodes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    I enjoyed reading what is a book written by a bloke off the street and in my opinion he does a decent job.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Sykes

    Ironically a little 'pedestrian'. Not written by the most interesting of people...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ro Cooper

    Brit writing about America. Some amusing stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

  8. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christian hogan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy McDonough

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bob Smith

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Songhurst

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chartreuse

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hitchens

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phil Harrow

  19. 5 out of 5

    Middlethought

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Feggetter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Damien

  25. 4 out of 5

    Will

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tina Milledge

  27. 5 out of 5

    dave sykes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stockfish

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Grace

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Walsh

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