Synopses & Reviews
Author Richard La Plante had always wanted to ride cross-country to Sturgis, South Dakota-to the famous motorcycle rally that has become the mecca for the American biker. But at the age of 53, still bruised from a divorce, newly remarried, and a father for the first time, he thought the trip would remain an armchair fantasy.
Then came the summer of 1999. Pressured by work, another baby on the way, and being temporarily homeless, he made a decision: Escape-out of the armchair and into the saddle.
On a borrowed Big Dog motorcycle, he set off for the Black Hills of Dakota. Moments of crazed introspection mixed with the sheer euphoria of the ride all add up to the metaphor of a life's journey.
Told in La Plante's humorous and self-deprecating style, Detours is a wild ride, all the way home.
“I had a great laugh over the whole story. Richard La Plante is having one helluva good time and passing that along to the reader.”—American Rider
“Like many a fancier of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the ‘hog of song and story, La Plante became hooked, then obsessed, then broke. Hes still hooked, obsessed, and broke.”—Los Angeles Times
“This book is a Bible for the first-time Harley rider and anybody else whos ever dreamed of a life in the wind.”—K. Randall Ball, editor of Easy Rider Magazine
From the author of Hog Fever Author Richard La Plante had always wanted to ride cross-country to Sturgis, South Dakota--to the famous motorcycle rally that has become the mecca for the American biker. Then came the summer of 1999. A second child was on the way, the family was temporarily homeless, he had writer's block, but he made a decision. Escape. On a borrowed bike, Richard set off. At the end of the ride was a week long party, a cast of outrageous characters, a sea of chrome, steel, Rock n Roll and his Big Dog Custom Made Motorcycle. Told in La Plante's humorous and self-deprecating style, Detours is a wild ride, all the way home. Praise for Hog Fever.
About the Author
Richard La Plante's
thrillers, Mantis, Leopard, Steroid Blues,
, are compelling reading for those who love fast-paced films like the "Lethal Weapon" series. La Plante is also the author of two nonfiction books about motorcycles and the love a man can have for a machine, Hog Fever
. A native of the Philadelphia area, Richard La Plante lives with his family on Long Island in New York.