Endless Horizon: A Very Messy Motorcycle Journey Around the World

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In 2005, motorcycle journalist Dan Walsh rode out of London on a Yamaha XT Desert Rat, headed for Africa. From Dakar to Ghana to South Africa, then on to North and South America, he kept his readers posted about his travels, along the way earning the label “the savior of motorcycle writing.” Whether he’s delivering judgments ("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.") or just describing another day on the road ("I get my bum pinched by a tranny, my pocket picked by a grifter and get a gun pulled on me by a one-eyed, one-armed midget who’s upset cause I winked at him.”), these reports from the gonzo frontier of motorcycle travel are never less than Technicolor, adrenaline-soaked, and coruscatingly funny.

Lyrical, edgy, fraught with danger, despair and surreal highs and lows--this is a travelogue like no other. Walsh’s postings take readers to Buenos Aires (where “revolutionary” means the angry poor invading the presidential palace, not a really small phone that’s also a camera) and across the sub-Saharan savannah (like riding across a piece of toast with a mouthful of crackers); they feature Walsh being mistaken for a bum in New York, bashed by deadly tequila in Mexico, contracting typhoid in a dilapidated Bolivian hotel, biking “The Most Beautiful Road in the World” in Peru, being kidnapped in Kenya and finding downtown Soweto about as threatening as Stockport. And again and again they reveal Dan Walsh as the rightful heir to Ted Simon as the pre-eminent biker-rebel of our generation.

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In 2005 motorcycle journalist Dan Walsh departed Peterborough, UK, on a 650 BMW and headed for South America to become a biking drifter, pilgrim, and latter-day heir to Ted Simon. His legendary Bike Magazine columns about his travel experiences – lyrical, edgy, fraught with danger, despair and surreal highs and lows – have earned him a cult following and he has been labeled “the savior of motorcycle writing.” Dan still contributes to the UK’s Bike Magazine, as well as Motorcyclist in the US, and is still out on the road. This is his first book.

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“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.

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