“The stories in this book flow from that edgy, observant and lucky life, our American heritage, and the ability of sometimes dumb ass to laugh at himself from time to time.”
~ Jefe Smith from his book LIFE, AMERICA and the ROAD
 

This book is not a bike journey travel log as you might read in a motorcycle magazine. It is about the motorcycle experience, the road stories you hear while sitting with your riding buds on plastic chairs outside a motel room or around a small campfire with the second or third beer in your hand at the end of a day’s ride; stories about riding experiences and life experiences that are born of the freedom and pure joy that come with walking away from life’s normal stress and responsibility, swinging a leg over a two-wheeled machine and hitting the road to anywhere.

People who live or simply dream adventurously will enjoy the path of these stories as they follow a reflective biker across America and through life.  

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A Biker's Perspective by Jefe Smith
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Recent Reviews
 

 

AMAZON KINDLE STORE REVIEWS

"Jefe is a kindred spirit to those of us who get Zen motorcycling. An easy casual read with many chapters and sub-stories to read a few minutes at a time. I laughed out loud a lot and shared with others many times while reading this delightful autobiographical account which is true to the title. I would love to share the road amigo."

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author's cycling experiences recalled in sometimes humorous and often thought provoking ways, coupled with his appreciation of our beautiful country and his love of motorcycling really hit home with me."

"It was wonderful to step outside my own bubble and track the experiences of the author. He has clean insights into all the ways the world ticks. An enjoyable and enlightening read."

"As a biker, I found this book to be a wonderful read. He truly captures the spirit and freedom of riding a motorcycle. As well, he brings forth his personal experiences along the way, often waxes philosophical and delves into little side roads of thought. While some may have a problem with this, I found that it brought a depth that I really appreciated. Reading this book was a ride in itself and when I was finished I was depressed that I was done. Certainly one of the top ten in my life of reading."

 
Excerpts
 
From the story, "Biker Bars". . .
 
A successful neighborhood bar is owned by someone who implements the principles of marketing. The well-lit, visible and convenient location near restaurants or shopping or a beach is engineered to attract a broad spectrum of people into the bar and keep them there with an array of flat screen TV’s tuned to that season’s sports. There is the promise of a local micro brewed ale set down on a cute coaster in front of you next to some odd-named snacks from the bar menu like buffalo mozzarella sticks.

The only buffalo related objects you will see in a biker bar are some percentage of the clientele and if there is food, it will be burgers, hot dogs or fries. Don’t even ask for a salad unless you want some waitress with her breasts precariously extending over the upper reaches of her top, to look at you like you are from another planet.
 
From the story, "Hadji". . .
 
The PB Boys were heading out on the road to Big Bear. The trip planning details were typical, a quick email: “Riding to Big Bear on Friday for an overnight. Hadji’s coming. Be at Sean’s at 11:30. We’re not waiting.”

Hadji’s coming? Hadji is fucking 90 years old! A few years ago he came along on a short ride out to the Dulzura Café and he handled his big Harley well, but there is a big difference in people from age 87 to 90 and 5 hours up through the mountains around Idylwild to Big Bear! There are some serious twisty roads and some hot desert to deal with on that ride. Who the fuck even owns a Harley at 90?
 
From the story, "Anne Marie". . .
 
It was a dark and stormy night. Really, it actually was. The 80 foot sailing schooner Anne Marie had reefed its sails and was working its way slowly up the rocky Northern California coast, fighting gusting winds and large swells from a big storm rolling in out of the deep Pacific. The rain and salt spray whipping across the heaving deck of the boat made keeping watch a miserable affair. The schooner had left a remote South Pacific island several weeks earlier and disappeared into that vast ocean to emerge off the Northern California coast in the middle of this huge storm. Securely fastened in the Anne Marie’s hold was a ton and a half of high grade Thai Stick marijuana.
 
From the story, "West Texas". . .
 
The four of those Texas boys sitting at an old beat up metal picnic table were pretty rough looking, pretty loud and pretty drunk on a late afternoon as I rolled the Road King to a stop to ask whether this gas pump they were sitting next to, the only one in Langtry, Texas, was operational. One said, "No" and when I asked them how far the next gas was, another in a drunken burst shouted, "Yur out in the middle of fuckin’ nowhere.”

Yeah, I had been coming to that conclusion for the last 120 miles riding into a stiff Texas headwind while seeing almost no one on the road and passing through two little 5-building towns with their cafe's boarded up and more importantly, no purveyors of gasoline.


 
From the story, "Lessons From Bert". . .
 
As Bert sat on that Tinian island runway in his B-29 with his crew and a full load of bombs behind him he had thoughts of a pilot friend he had played poker with only a few nights earlier and who had not shown up for the next night’s game because he had died when his B-29 went into the sea. Bert knew his crew had confidence in him to execute the proper takeoff maneuver that preserved the planes and crews on these missions.

Clearance from the tower and four throttles forward, four engines roaring and the massive plane begins to roll, slowly, slowly gathering speed as it moves down the long runway required for this heavily loaded behemoth to achieve sufficient velocity to lift off. Easing the plane off the ground, Bert’s eyes are glancing frequently at the four engine temperature gauge needles moving into their red zones. With the needles firmly in the red, they clear the end of the runway and the land disappears underneath them as the plane flies out over the water.

Bert feathers the throttles back and the massive plane levels out at 100 feet off the water, wave top cruising with a 20,000 lb load of bombs as he and his co-pilot watch the 4 temperature gauge needles slowly ease their way back down out of their red zones. When the engine temperatures stabilize, the B-29 begins a long slow climb up to 30,000 feet and heads for Japan.

Order LIFE, AMERICA and the ROAD
A Biker's Perspective by Jefe Smith

 
LIFE AMERICA and the ROAD by Jefe Smith
Order as an ebook in the Amazon Kindle Store
 
OR
 
Purchase a signed copy for $14.95 + shipping and tax via credit card or your PayPal account on the very secure PayPal site. Click on the "Buy Now"
 button below. There is a space in the order form to request specific wording for the signing. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.  
 
For multiple copy purchases or International orders, please contact Jefe via email (jefe@jefestours.com) for custom pricing.

Thank you.
 
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