The Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey Hardcover – Mar 15 2007
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From the Back Cover
For his eighth birthday, Emilio Scotto’s mother bought him a world atlas. He told his mother that he would someday make a route that would pass through all the countries of the world. As an adult, through a melding of fate, karma, and luck, he got his hands on the most amazing machine: a black 1100 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. “This will be my ticket to see the world,” he said to himself. With no money or credit cards, and zero travel experience, Emilio bid farewell to his family, hopped on his motorcycle, and headed into the unknown. Thus began a decade-long journey that landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records. Through words and photos, Emilio takes you on the journey of a lifetime in The Longest Ride.
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The second half of the book reads like his editor reminded him of a deadline that was rapidly approaching. It is very terse and reads like a chamber of commerce brochure. The "you are there" feeling is gone - replaced by "I went here, then did that, and then there..." This cost my review 1 star.
A big disappointment was the author's choice to include a rather graphic depiction of his first carnal experience with his then girlfriend in the introduction. It is something more appropriate to a back rack porno magazine. I have an extensive collection of motorcycle and adventure literature that my young nephews love to read - this one is definitely not "age appropriate." What a shame too, because it added nothing to the experience of his story - this cost the review a second star.
Scotto is a great story-teller, and I easily forgive him the spices I am sure he must have sprinkled over his stories. Some of you may remember a "teaser" in the 2005 edition of Cycle World Adventures magazine, where he more or less carried the GoldWing through the jungle in Guinea, West Africa.
But as time goes on, he writes less and less and relies on pictures to tell the story - whole countries pass with barely more than "then I went to...". By the time he gets married, there is almost no narrative at all, so it seems that he lost interest in the book and had a publisher's deadline to meet.
The first half of the book is 5 star, the last half 1-2 star, so I give it a 3 star rating overall.
You can but only admire the sheer tenacity and will the guy obviously posesses to achieve what he has over this time period in terms of the distance travelled.
The writing varies from poor to passable for a guy who is obviously not a writer.
The second half of the book as quite a few reviews have stated is a disjointed, poorly written account
of his last 5 years comprising mainly photographs and narrative he seems to have googled to fit the photo.
Nothing to reflect on about life or in fact anything much to do with his travels through China, Australia,
New Zealand just to name a few of the many countries he seems to have gone through and glossed over.
Some reviewers suggest perhaps a loss of interest or an editors deadline. Given the book was published over ten years after his adventure ended
I don't really see why he would have rushed to get the book out at the expense of leaving it the completely unsatisfying work it became.
It appears his adventures pretty much came to an abrupt end the moment the love of his life joined him on the trip.
Not one exciting story to tell about her or the both of them in the final 5 years? The cynic in me suggests having a witness to verify accounts
may have restrained the colorfull writing evidenced in the first half of the book.
Or the other very possible option is that he did not even write a word of the second half of the book. Finished of by his publisher writing some captions to his photos?
I came away feeling a bit cheated, having invested myself in his adventure only to see he could not be bothered with completing the task of writing
the book. I wouldn't bother buying it. Maybe check it out at the library