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Training Runs
The Regenerative Power of Motorcycling Back Roads
by Jack Lyndon Thomas

Overview


While healing from war, divorce, and career shifts, I ventured on 15 motorcycle Training Runs between 1982 and 2002. My excursions, all taken on street bikes, are recounted here. The journals chronicling these adventures reflect how the accumulated mileage cleansed my mind and nurtured growth. Several journeys were undertaken while on furlough from the soul-deadening perils of industry—discharging CPA duties as chief financial officer for two mid-sized companies. When in the past someone asked me what I did, I responded that I was a CPA, loved photography, and wrote a little on the side. Now when somebody asks the question, I tell them I’m a writer, photographer, motorcycle rider, and jeep driver who does a little accounting on the side.

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Description


While healing from war, divorce, and career shifts, I ventured on 15 motorcycle Training Runs between 1982 and 2002. My excursions, all taken on street bikes, are recounted here. The journals chronicling these adventures reflect how the accumulated mileage cleansed my mind and nurtured growth. Several journeys were undertaken while on furlough from the soul-deadening perils of industry—discharging CPA duties as chief financial officer for two mid-sized companies. It is not difficult to forget the office when losing the battle to a mud-soaked mesa above Red River, New Mexico, or successfully navigating a BMW K100 RS along a four-wheel drive road over 12,640-foot Cinnamon Pass in Colorado. Also, riding four hours and covering only six miles—bouncing along a rocky streambed masquerading as a road—epitomizes occasional bad judgment. There is a thin line between adventure and stupid. This book is neither a travel/guidebook nor a historical treatise, but a string of vignettes that present an emotional passage. Ride along and explore landscapes of nature and people while learning the importance of listening to your heart and soul. When in the past someone asked me what I did, I responded that I was a CPA, loved photography, and wrote a little on the side. Now when somebody asks the question, I tell them I’m a writer, photographer, motorcycle rider, and jeep driver who does a little accounting on the side.

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About the author


Jack Lyndon Thomas has published an illustrated book of poetry, Whirling Fire (1997), and memoir, Coyote Jack: Drawing Meaning from Life and Vietnam (2006), based upon his Vietnam experiences—which included earning The Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in Ground Combat, The Bronze Star Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge—while serving as an infantry officer/advisor to South Vietnamese militia. He has completed his first novel, The Monsoon Killed the Tiger, a suspense/thriller, which is ePublished, and is nearing completion on the first draft of Border Slot, also a suspense/thriller. Jack has been interviewed on both radio and television and has appeared as a paid performer reading selections from Whirling Fire. He has exhibited photography in juried art shows in Round Top and Salado, Texas. A retired CPA, Jack is divorced, has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

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Book details

Genre:TRAVEL

Subgenre:Special Interest / Adventure

Language:English

Pages:230

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9780965984331


Overview


While healing from war, divorce, and career shifts, I ventured on 15 motorcycle Training Runs between 1982 and 2002. My excursions, all taken on street bikes, are recounted here. The journals chronicling these adventures reflect how the accumulated mileage cleansed my mind and nurtured growth. Several journeys were undertaken while on furlough from the soul-deadening perils of industry—discharging CPA duties as chief financial officer for two mid-sized companies. When in the past someone asked me what I did, I responded that I was a CPA, loved photography, and wrote a little on the side. Now when somebody asks the question, I tell them I’m a writer, photographer, motorcycle rider, and jeep driver who does a little accounting on the side.

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Description


While healing from war, divorce, and career shifts, I ventured on 15 motorcycle Training Runs between 1982 and 2002. My excursions, all taken on street bikes, are recounted here. The journals chronicling these adventures reflect how the accumulated mileage cleansed my mind and nurtured growth. Several journeys were undertaken while on furlough from the soul-deadening perils of industry—discharging CPA duties as chief financial officer for two mid-sized companies. It is not difficult to forget the office when losing the battle to a mud-soaked mesa above Red River, New Mexico, or successfully navigating a BMW K100 RS along a four-wheel drive road over 12,640-foot Cinnamon Pass in Colorado. Also, riding four hours and covering only six miles—bouncing along a rocky streambed masquerading as a road—epitomizes occasional bad judgment. There is a thin line between adventure and stupid. This book is neither a travel/guidebook nor a historical treatise, but a string of vignettes that present an emotional passage. Ride along and explore landscapes of nature and people while learning the importance of listening to your heart and soul. When in the past someone asked me what I did, I responded that I was a CPA, loved photography, and wrote a little on the side. Now when somebody asks the question, I tell them I’m a writer, photographer, motorcycle rider, and jeep driver who does a little accounting on the side.

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About the author


Jack Lyndon Thomas has published an illustrated book of poetry, Whirling Fire (1997), and memoir, Coyote Jack: Drawing Meaning from Life and Vietnam (2006), based upon his Vietnam experiences—which included earning The Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in Ground Combat, The Bronze Star Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge—while serving as an infantry officer/advisor to South Vietnamese militia. He has completed his first novel, The Monsoon Killed the Tiger, a suspense/thriller, which is ePublished, and is nearing completion on the first draft of Border Slot, also a suspense/thriller. Jack has been interviewed on both radio and television and has appeared as a paid performer reading selections from Whirling Fire. He has exhibited photography in juried art shows in Round Top and Salado, Texas. A retired CPA, Jack is divorced, has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

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