Nobody Rides For Free: A Drifter in the Americas
former bike courier John Hughes' rambles through Latin
America on a bicycle. In this gripping mosaic-travellogue,
readers are introduced to banditos, artists, grifters, would-be
wives, dope fiends and attacking monkeys: a cast of characters
who conspire to reduce him to alcoholic destitution. His last
remaining $400 is spent sailing the Amazon, flying to Miami,
and then hitchhiking across some of the most frightening
highways in the United States with the goal of making it
safely home to Vancouver. Throughout his adventures we learn
about con-artistry, fear, and kindness set against the imposing
backdrop of everything we think we know about the Americas.
Nobody Rides For Free
sheds light on obscure 1990s road culture
while gearing itself to the needs of anyone with a desire to run
from their demons on the open road.
"full of adventure, humor, insights into various cultures, and tall tales that sound as though they are completely true"
– Grady Harp via amazon.com
"a breathtaking look at a sometimes hilarious and often terrifying odyssey"
– Jayna Carter via indigo.ca
John Hughes was born June 22, 1970. He is a long-time
bike courier, reporter, adventurer, and now first time author.
Reporting gigs at CBC and at Co-op Radio in Vancouver
sharpened his pencil to a fine enough point that writing Nobody
Rides for Free
became inevitable. Travelling across India, riding
boxcars across the United States and working alongside the
strangest people in the world have primed the powder-keg for
another swath of unusual chapters.
May 2012 | Non-fiction
6x9 inches | 224 pages
Trade Paper: 9781927040041