Nobody Rides for Free: A Drifter in the Americas by John Francis HughesNobody Rides for Free: A Drifter in the Americas by John Francis Hughes

Nobody Rides for Free: A Drifter in the Americas

byJohn Francis Hughes

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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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.
John Hughes was born June 22, 1970. He is a long-time bike courier, reporter, adventurer, and now first time author. Reporting gigs at CBC and at Co-op Radio in Vancouver sharpened his pencil to a fine enough point that writing Nobody Rides for Free became inevitable. Travelling across India, riding boxcars across the United States and...
Title:Nobody Rides for Free: A Drifter in the AmericasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:BookThugLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927040043

ISBN - 13:9781927040041


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down I read this book feeling like I was on the ride with the author. After reading it, I could have easily turned back to page 1 and started all over again. It really is that good. Don't pass this one up.
Date published: 2012-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Along for the thrilling ride with a fearless adventurer 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.
Date published: 2012-06-11