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Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy: The 49 States Tour

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:42 pm



I had really wanted to get a review of this book in time for last month's newsletter, but being that I hadn't had the opportunity to READ it yet, I couldn't really do that.

If you've been around GoldwingDocs for a while, you will probably have read about Tiffani Burkett. She was an inexperienced rider who decided to take on life: she quit her job, outfitted her little FZ-07 for long-distance travel, and rode across the US and back, camping along the way - by herself.

But that wasn't enough: She then decided she needed to hit all 49 states, and did so through snow, rain, mud and worse.

After this, she then rode down to the Panama Canal and back! She chronicled some of her travels in an article series for Motorcyclist Magazine. I was fortunate to meet Tiffani back in January of this year, at the Cleveland Motorcycle Show.

She has now published a book about the first portion of her adventure: riding across all 49 states. It's called Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy: The 49 States Tour, and it's an excellent read. She is a tremendous writer, and writes from her perspective of relative inexperience.

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I've now read her book and I loved it - I had a difficult time putting it down! Her adventures and experiences will leave you shaking your head at times! It's also interesting in that she is female, and gives a unique female perspective into the challenges she encountered.

Whether you have similar goals, or just want to live vicariously through her travels, it's definitely worth a read. I highly recommend it!



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Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:47 pm

Seems to be available on Kindle books also

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Post by C-dub » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:53 am

Looks interesting. If it’s on kindle I may just have to get it for a look see.
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Post by thomba » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:40 am

I purchased the Kindle version yesterday after reading this thread. Finished it last night, didn't want to put it down. A gutsy girl and an excellent writer.
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Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:58 am

Ordered the paperback on Amazon. Enjoy these books immensely. read one a while back of a fellow who went from the Palm Springs area to Patagonia and back. He was abducted and imprisoned by rebels in Columbia for a time, but continued his journey when released. It's living vicariously through the eyes of another. Cheers
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Post by hardknox » Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:56 pm

I bought this book based on the recommendation here, and I'm glad I did! Well, my wife isn't so glad though.

I had quite a few things on my "honey do" list that I had to get done today. Instead I spent the entire day reading this engrossing book, unable to put it down!

So instead of spending my day doing the chores my wife wanted me to get done, I spent it with my new girlfriend, Tiffani, and her wild adventures across the country! Or at least, that's how I imagine it! :)

This book is hilarious, she writes in a way that had me laughing out loud again and again, while she experiences things in a descriptive way that made me feel like I was right there with her.

Love it love it love it! Buy this book, you won't be sorry!

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Post by spiderjack » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:09 pm

Add me to the list of people that loved this book!

Bought it on my Kindle last week, finally got around to starting it yesterday...and that's all I ended up doing all day, because I couldn't put it down.

Makes me wish I was 40 years younger and with no mortgage, car payments, etc...because I'd be off just like she is doing. I'm very envious.

Instead I will live vicariously through books like this. Especially when they are as entertaining and well-written as this one.

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Post by Metal Mangler » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:48 am

Well I purchased the Kindle version of this book per the Admin's recommendation. Havent started it yet. Looking forward to it.
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Post by WayneButt » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:48 am

Ordering a copy now! If you want to watch a crazy son of a gun, follow Nick Sanders on Facebook! This fella sets world records on his bike! I was in Osage, Iowa visiting my parents and a group of foreign motorcyclists pulled up at the local Hardees. One just has to ask where the accent is from, right!?! They were on a US cross country trek for 30 days and rode through the middle of nowhere to stay off freeways. Wow! I was imnpressed and started following him about six years ago. "Motorbiked around the world 7 times, Fastest time completed in 19 Days and 4 Hours." Happy New Year everyone and safe riding to all! https://www.facebook.com/nicksandersr1

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Post by Metal Mangler » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:10 am

Don't do facebook. But looked on twitter didn't see him would like to follow any other web sites?
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Post by lamasue » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:49 pm

I was looking for a book to read on the beach in aruba this spring this might be it

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Post by NevadaDave » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:33 pm

I bought the Kindle version, and I'm about 3/4 through the book. Overall, it has been an interesting read, and it's quite an amazing story.
One thing, though, that kind of drives me nuts is the apparent lack of competent editing, especially correcting the many places where a word is used that sounds like the one she wanted to use, but has a completely different meaning. "Poured" is virtually always used where the word "pored" should have been (as in "I pored over the maps, looking for a good route.") "Exorcised" is used instead of "exercised"; "flare" is used in place of "flair", and so on. I see this far too often in the writing of many younger authors (but not just the young ones), and it makes me wonder why it seems to be so prevalent. I know that many either don't notice, or don't care, but for those of us raised to pay attention to spelling, grammar, and the correct use of words find that these kinds of errors are like unexpected potholes you hit when riding. Still, as I said earlier, an amazing adventure, and one that makes me very envious. I find longer trips on the Goldwing are much more painful and tiring than they used to be, so vicarious traveling is more my style lately.

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Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:34 pm

NevadaDave wrote:
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I bought the Kindle version, and I'm about 3/4 through the book. Overall, it has been an interesting read, and it's quite an amazing story.
One thing, though, that kind of drives me nuts is the apparent lack of competent editing, especially correcting the many places where a word is used that sounds like the one she wanted to use, but has a completely different meaning. "Poured" is virtually always used where the word "pored" should have been (as in "I pored over the maps, looking for a good route.") "Exorcised" is used instead of "exercised"; "flare" is used in place of "flair", and so on. I see this far too often in the writing of many younger authors (but not just the young ones), and it makes me wonder why it seems to be so prevalent. I know that many either don't notice, or don't care, but for those of us raised to pay attention to spelling, grammar, and the correct use of words find that these kinds of errors are like unexpected potholes you hit when riding. Still, as I said earlier, an amazing adventure, and one that makes me very envious. I find longer trips on the Goldwing are much more painful and tiring than they used to be, so vicarious traveling is more my style lately.
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Re: Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy: The 49 States Tour

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:55 pm

I too had noticed some of the grammar/word errors, and asked her about it. She wrote, rewrote, proofed, and rewrote this book many, many times. Not having any kind of book deal, she did the editing herself, which is why you see some errors here and there - I know from my own writing, you NEVER see the mistakes in your own writing. I can proofread my own stuff a hundred times, and still miss plainly obvious mistakes.

She is in the middle of writing the sequel, documenting the ride she did down to the Panama Canal and back, and I offered to proof/edit her copy for free. :)

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WingAdmin wrote:
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I too had noticed some of the grammar/word errors, and asked her about it. She wrote, rewrote, proofed, and rewrote this book many, many times. Not having any kind of book deal, she did the editing herself, which is why you see some errors here and there - I know from my own writing, you NEVER see the mistakes in your own writing. I can proofread my own stuff a hundred times, and still miss plainly obvious mistakes.

She is in the middle of writing the sequel, documenting the ride she did down to the Panama Canal and back, and I offered to proof/edit her copy for free. :)
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I try to put up a PreView and let it soak for a couple of hours, and then come back and reread it again.... The PreView makes errors stand out, where the editor version is invisible to our eyes, we "see" what our mind was thinking, not what our fingers punched into the keyboard.

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Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:28 am

I notice that with the news, and other written works. It takes a few tries to get a post correct. So many additional words that do not add to the topic, and are fillers. Have ordered her book and looking forward to getting it. Cheers
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Post by Viking » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:05 pm

There are pieces of this on Online "Motorcyclist" magazine. The book is more fleshed out, but the articles she sent to the magazine are available.

https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/auth ... ett?page=6
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themainviking wrote:
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There are pieces of this on Online "Motorcyclist" magazine. The book is more fleshed out, but the articles she sent to the magazine are available.

https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/auth ... ett?page=6
That's how this book began: she started writing the small articles for Motorcyclist. She eventually realized that there were significant portions of the trip that were not "magazine friendly" that had to be left out, and simply for space reasons, only the very basic events were able to be included in the articles. Many aspects of the trips, details, etc. simply couldn't be included.

She told me that originally she thought, "oh, I'll just take the articles, string them together, add a bit to make it coherent, and call it a book." That didn't work. What she ended up doing was scrapping that idea and writing the entire book from scratch - there was just too much content, and trying to adapt the articles to the book just wasn't working.

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Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:23 am

My copy arrived today. Looking forward to the read.
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Post by ctag » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:00 pm

Just got through reading this after hearing about it on the newsletter. Definitely an awesome trip!

I'm frustrated to hear about her experiences attributed to Southern states though :(
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Post by rlcasbro » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:59 pm

My thoughts exactly! I certainly hope that she, or anyone else does not judge folks in the deep south based upon her bad experiences! Granted, the south has its share of idiots, as does the north, west and east. I spent 30 years in Colorado, retired and moved to southern Alabama. My main reason for being here can be summed up (other than getting sick of snow), in two words--- SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY. It's alive and well!

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Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:47 pm

I spent a year and a half living deep in middle Georgia, and I loved it. Once I acclimatized to the slower pace of life, I found the people were genuinely friendly and I have overwhelmingly positive memories!

That said....I wasn't a pretty young girl travelling on my own.

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Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:55 am

Finished reading. Interesting perspective on the ride, and the people she met for a millennial. Liked her thoughts on Canada, but we have some off the wall people as well. Her summary of the bikes, what she took and had to do is quite interesting.

Her purchase of a $400.00 USD tent and what it did for the last part of the trip was enlightening. Good equipment that is lite and enhances your trip is not inexpensive, but worth every penny.

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I'm frustrated to hear about her experiences attributed to Southern states though :(
I truly hope she does not judge all of the south on that experience, but for a woman alone, I could see how it could unfold. I have met people like that in all parts of the world, and it always drives me to distraction. Bearing arms when meeting them means that a person really has to act like a professional. When I say all parts of the world, I mean - all parts I have had the pleasure of visiting, including my own country. We have a small locality about 30 miles from where I live that used to be known for behavior of this sort, and it is not something that we put up with when informed of it. Most of the land has now been purchased by Amish/Mennonite folks, and the riff raff have been moved out.

I agree with other posters on the hospitality of the southern states, particularly Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana. Some real nice folks in those states. (also nice folks in other states - y'all know who you are..... :lol: :lol: :lol: )
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Post by amonera » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:10 am

Thank you guys for recommending this book, i must say... i fell compelled now to do a solo camping trip, I am preparing the list of the things that i will need and what better motorbike to take that the Goldwing that i just finish repairing :)

I must say that i started the book taking it easy, a few pages at the time in the beginning, till i reached around 30% of the book when i found myself reading the book using all my spared time till i finished in two more afternoons...

Maybe because i am not native English spoken, maybe because i am an Engineer and i always care more about doing good and easy-to-understand documentation than having no mistakes at all and not been able to transmit the idea. But lets face it the story is incredible in a simple word, not because the format that is written, but what it is transmitting to me/us as a biker. It is hard, at least for me, to do a trip alone to unknown lands with no friend to support me... I would cross the world 7 times if anybody told me that is going with me, but i will not make more than a few hundreds of km riding alone.

This is what i hope is going to change this coming spring/summer, and if it does it will be thanks to this book. If she has done it, with all the good and all the bad of the trip i should be able to do it too... at least once...

I know that there are other girls/woman that has done it before, in worst times and in worst countries, but this has been the book that has triggered this feeling on me.

Thank you again for recommending this book and please give her a break, take what she is sharing you you, not the text, but the story, the adventures of the twenty's something years old girl traveling alone in the US, (at least in the beginning), otherwise i see that i will be heavily criticized because my poor vocabulary and grama and not for what i am trying to transmit.



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