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In May, 2001, Gary McKechnie received one of highest honors a travel writer can receive: a silver medal in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition for his guidebook, Great American Motorcycle Tours -- often called 'The Pulitzer Prize for travel journalists'.
Awarded by the Society of American Travel Writers, SATW vice president Larry Keller told the first-time author: "Congratulations -- you hit a home run in your first time at bat!"
To build on the success of Great American Motorcycle Tours, which has been profiled on CNN, in USA Today and newspapers and radio stations around the country, McKechnie is planning a series of other American adventure guides which blend a keen sense of humor with an appreciation of his country.
Gary McKechnie has more than 20 years of motorcycle riding under his belt. His travel features have appeared in publications such as the Miami Herald, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and United Airlines Hemispheres. A former advertising copywriter, stand-up comedian, and Walt Disney World Jungle Cruise skipper, Gary is a professional speaker and founder of the Charles Kuralt Travel Society. He lives in Mount Dora, Florida.
Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Great American Motorcycle Tours by Gary McKechnie offers the reader a wide variety of suggested motorcycle tours ideal for... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2002 by Midwest Book Review
I recently purchased Gary's book in the Spring of '02 for my trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Sturgis. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by Paul M. Covert
Did you marvelled at Peter Fonda's "Easy Rider" film or even the old Marlon Brando classic, "The Wild One"? Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by Dorothy Weiss
Wonderful & helpful! Just returned from bring our new 2001 Harley from Chadds Ford,Pennsylvania to South Florida. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2000 by Barry
This humorous guide provided usuful info between the pages and the laughs. As one from the Easy Rider generation, it was a delight to read Peter Fonda's Foreword. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000
This would be a good book for those new to motorcycle touring, but for those of us who have "been there, done that", it is a waste of money. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by B. Bates
Gary's book is crammed with excellent destinations and insights into tour motorcycling. I speak with some authority as the producer of the video series "Motorcycle Tours of... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2000 by Dave Hoven
I cannot disagree more with the narrow-minded review of Jim Shaver. He obviously doesn't understand the demands the author faced to write a book that covers the entire nation. Read morePublished on July 19 2000 by The Reader