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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.


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An honest tale of travel, meeting local cultures, observing various nationalities and being free to roam in post revolution societies.

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A journey by bicycle though various countries having misadventures with bandits, drunken gringos and coke feinding Europeans.

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Illustrated with compelling black and white photographs showing the people and places encountered on this incredible adventure.

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John Francis Hughes

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