Detours - Life, Death & Divorce on the Road to Sturgis by Richard Le Plante
I found this book on one of my forays through the library catalog. I usually head straight for the motorcycle history/technology section to see what they have in stock. Once in a while i peruse the subheadings in the catalog to see what else i might find. I normally don't get into stuff about Harley's or Harley riders. I certainly wasn't interested in reading about Sturgis, but i'd been a while since I'd read a good "road trip" book and I was in the mood. So i got it. I started it right away. I wasn't terribly interested in reading the sordid details about his love affair with his motorcycles. Thinking back, i can't figure out how many bikes there were. I only know that he threw down ridiculous amounts of cash for each and every one. What i did enjoy was reading about the rides. I especially liked the story of the huge rainstorm he got caught in. Nothing like danger and discomfort to spice up a story. I also liked that he chose not to have a windsheild on his custom bike. He was advised to get one, but he foolishly decided against it. I can understand. I think windsheilds look horendous on motorcycles and i would have mad the same choice. It took far too long to finish the book. I read it every day for a few days, i got about 3/4ths done and then set it down for a couple weeks. I wouldn't add it to my personal collection but it was enjoyable enough to read.