Nobody Rides for Free

Nobody Rides for Free

A Drifter in the Americas

Book - 2012
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Literary Nonfiction. Travel. Memoir. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE: A DRIFTER'S GUIDE TO THE AMERICAS chronicles former bike courier John Hughes's rambles through Latin America on a bicycle. In this gripping mosaic-travelogue, 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : BookThug, 2012.
ISBN: 9781927040041
Branch Call Number: 918 HUG
Characteristics: xv, 218 : ill., maps, ports. ; 23 cm.


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Nov 19, 2012

This travelogue, by a former Vancouver bicycle courier, was reviewed on the CBC Radio program "The Next Chapter" on Monday, November 19, 2012. The host and reviewer's conversation may be heard by going to and going to Past Programs.

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