Nobody Rides For Free: A Drifter in the Americas chronicles former bike courier John Hughes' rambles through Latin America on a bicycle.
In this gripping mosaic-travellogue, readers are introduced to banditos, artists, grifters, would-be wives, dope fiends and attacking monkeys: a cast of characters who conspire to reduce him to alcoholic destitution. His last remaining $400 is spent sailing the Amazon, flying to Miami, and then hitchhiking across some of the most frightening highways in the United States with the goal of making it safely home to Vancouver. Throughout his adventures we learn about con-artistry, fear, and kindness set against the imposing backdrop of everything we think we know about the Americas. Nobody Rides For Free sheds light on obscure 1990s road culture while gearing itself to the needs of anyone with a desire to run from their demons on the open road.
“This is a breathtaking look at a sometimes hilarious and often terrifying odyssey taken by a young man seemingly impervious to the danger that perpetually stalks him. It could be his youth or, more likely, his addiction, that anesthetizes him against the risk he faces on his journey through the Americas and home again. John Hughes is a storyteller at heart. He weaves the tales of his travels, his youthful stupidity and his humour into absorbing yarns that engross the reader from beginning to end.
“Well written, a great read for anyone who is considering travelling through the Americas' and willing to take in the experiences and challenges this writer contends with during his travels....written with rye humor and wit. The author takes no prisoners regarding his descriptive oration concerning his experiences and the often interesting and even bizzare characters he encounters.”
“John Francis Hughes has written a road story rich in experiential encounters with the best and worst of drifting. Not only is this book full of adventure, humor, insights into various cultures, and tall tales that sound as though they are completely true, but this book offers the reader the opportunity to FEEL what is was like being on the bicycle/bus/hitchhiking road through that decade when many young people took up the challenge to survive a life experience on fortitude and little cash.”
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