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Long Rider: A Tale of Just Passin' Through [Paperback]

Mark Edmonds
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Dec 1 1998
Take a BMW motorcycle, over a million miles, and Mark Edmonds. Distill for thirty-five years. Result? You get an insightful compassionate (and passionate) view of America and what it means to all of us who are just passin' "through." From a slum in Detroit to a backwoods church in Alabama, you'll breathe the air of what it means to be an American---The lovely and not so lovely. Edmonds' assessment of himself as he rides his own pilgrimage, just passing through.

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" ...The stories are mostly humorous, typically down and dirty, and the commentary can get pretty wicked at times. Florida, for example, is 'overpopulated by the inconsiderate senile elderly. But somehow he never comes across to me as mean-spirited, and I thought his stories were insightful and compassionate. -- Jim Buford, Montgomery Advertiser

About the Author

Mark Edmonds-Tiger-rides a BMW motorcycle as often as he can. When he isn't riding it, he's hunting with his dogs atop his horse Nokomis. Gather 'Round Me, Riders, his tape of epic motorcycle poetry, is available from White Horse Press. Tiger teaches at St. Leo College in Flordia.

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I was unable to finish this book. It was unbearable. It was hard for me to believe the writer teaches anything at any college, except maybe how to mop. While I expected crazy stories, they were outlandish to the point of unbelievably. While I can enjoy some long tales, and yarns as well as anyone, these yarns are so over-embellished I found myself doubting the author actually lived any of the events he discribed. I suspect the author probably actually rides a BMW motorcycle, and maybe is educated, but attempted to write this "book" in a manner he or she thought would be appreciated by uneducated rough biker types. If I am correct, that might explain the feel of un-authenticity. I just could not believe a supposed college professor could write so poorly, nor could I believe a rough-and-tumble person that is capable of the situations the author claimed himself to get into, would buy and ride three or more brand newe BMW motorcycles in his life, or be able to keep a steedy job teaching in order to afford those brand new bikes. The type of person that would live the described experiences from this book would ride a rat bike held together with duct tape and wire, not ride a brand new German bike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Homerian million mile odyssey on a BMW April 21 1999
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Every once in a while, a writer comes along that provides a wholly unique insight into what makes their world tick. Their adventures hit home with a tapestry of humor, pathos and down-home wisdom. They also just plain entertain. Mark Twain, Johnny Cash, Garrison Kielor, Woody Guthrie come to mind. But now, you can add the name of Mark Edmonds to that exclusive list. When not teaching Writing at St. Leo University in central Florida, Dr. Edmonds, or "Tiger" as he's known to friends, climbs aboard his weathered BMW, and continues to tour the United States from border to border, and coast to coast. His newest book, Long Rider, details a million mile odyssey over a 35 year stretch that also includes journeys into Canada, Mexico, Belize and others. Not only are the stories riveting, they are written in the genuine style of an American Gulliver. This book is not to be missed! For bikers, and non-bikers alike, this is definitely one for your library, and the cab of your Peterbilt. Mark has written and recorded a companion audiocassette tape of Epic Motorcycle Poetry called, "Gather 'Round Me Riders." His gravelly, coffee-edged, seductively smokey voice tells captivating tales of the road, highlighted with the compelling production of the night he met the devil in a rain storm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Homerian million mile odyssey on a BMW April 21 1999
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Format:Paperback
Every once in a while, a writer comes along that provides a wholly unique insight into what makes their world tick. Their adventures hit home with a tapestry of humor, pathos and down-home wisdom. They also just plain entertain. Mark Twain, Johnny Cash, Garrison Kielor, Woody Guthrie come to mind. But now, you can add the name of Mark Edmonds to that exclusive list. When not teaching Writing at St. Leo University in central Florida, Dr. Edmonds, or "Tiger" as he's known to friends, climbs aboard his weathered BMW, and continues to tour the United States from border to border, and coast to coast. His newest book, Long Rider, details a million mile odyssey over a 35 year stretch that also includes journeys into Canada, Mexico, Belize and others. Not only are the stories riveting, they are written in the genuine style of an American Gulliver. This book is not to be missed! For bikers, and non-bikers alkie, this is definitely one for your library, and the cab of your Peterbilt. Mark has written and recorded a companion audiocassette tape of Epic Motorcycle Poetry called, "Gather 'Round Me Riders." His gravelly, coffee-edged, seductively smokey voice tells captivating tales of the road, highlighted with the compelling production of the night he met the devil in a rain storm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live to Ride--Ride to Live kind of a book Dec 12 2003
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If you love riding motorcycles and have spent much time on the road, you will find Mark Tiger Edmonds to be a kindred spirit, a Brother of the Road.
My sister gave me this book for Christmas this year. I read it in two days and as a result have provided copies to all my riding buddies for their Christmas gifts.
Tiger, hope to meet you along the road one day and buy you a cold one. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WILD RIDE Dec 1 2001
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MARK TAKES YOU ON AN AWESOME JOURNEY, FULL OF HUMOR, GREAT CHARACTERS, BOTH JOYFUL AND NOT., A REAL TASTE OF LIFE ON THE ROAD VIA A MOTORCYCLE. SEE AMERICA AND ITS CHARACTERS THROUGH MARK EDMONDS SPECIAL SIGHT.
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