A Boy A Bike Alaska!
"Look out world here I come!"
Imagine the adventure of a lifetime. After spending the winter rebuilding an old Honda motorcycle, you graduate from high school and leave for a summer job at your uncle's fish camp near Denali National Park.
Over three thousand miles of solo riding from Mt. Shasta City, California to Alaska!
"Take care of the bike and the bike will take care of you." You are on your own. You are a little sad to leave your parents and your friends behind, but you have heard the call of the open road.
Later you will hear the call of the wild when you hear the timeless howling of wolves.
You will ride through valleys a hundred miles wide flanked by snow covered mountains.
You will prove your bravery fighting a forest fire. You will work hard doing whatever your uncle and Mrs. M, the lodge boss, tells you to do. You will earn serious money and meet interesting people who treat you as an adult.
Freedom—to choose what your life will look like when you return home in the fall.
And happiness will find you in the name of Rachel, a wrangler at a nearby lodge.
Time on the river, learning to paddle a canoe in strong currents, learning boating skills with the hope of being a river guide, meeting the world's hairiest man, riding through a buffalo herd, lunch with an old man with challenging ideas, first ride in a small plane, friendship with a couple who seem like grandparents to you, photography lessons from a pro, swimming with a grizzly bear, running from an unhappy moose and other adventures too numerous to mention.
What a summer!
"A good read." "enjoyed it so much I read it twice" "adventure-packed coming-of-age story" "true adventure for all ages"
About the Author
Warren Carlson began his adventurous life when, at age fourteen, he slept alone in the woods for the first time and discovered that the world was a friendly and beautiful place. Other adventures followed: climbing Mt. Shasta three times and Mt. Ranier once; solitary hikes in several national parks; alpine excursions in France, Switzerland, Spain, and Azerbaijan; Peace Corps Volunteer in the middle east; travel to India, Kashmir, Turkey, Ireland, England and yes, a solitary motorcycle ride to Alaska where he met some of the characters depicted in this book while others have been made up or transferred from other adventures.
Carlson describes himself as a job vagabond. His employment adventures include ski instructor, actor-director-playwright, special needs teacher, newspaper reporter, carpenter, cowboy, ski area management, house designer and builder, and tour guide in three national parks.
His literary credits include numerous short stories and poetry. (Northern Journeys, Spectrum, Jefferson Journal and others.) His plays have been produced in several venues including Spokane Repertory, Spokane, Washington; Actors' Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; and the Metta Theatre, Taos, NM. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
"I've written the book that I would have loved to read when I was fifteen."
Read more stories by Carlson at warrencarlsonwriter.com.