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One man and his home-built, two-wheeled machine competing in an illegal, outlaw chopper motorcycle road race across America known as The Stampede. 

His motorcycle is a true ugly, unpopular style of chopper with no frills, chrome, or shocks running hard from west to east as fast as possible - without stopping. Middle age is approaching. His life has taken a dramatic turn lately with his wife divorcing him, children scattering, a new younger girlfriend in the picture, and a mistress that fills his mind. Time in the saddle running on his own road is just what he needs to figure it all out, or leave it in the wind. 

Winner takes all in this adventure as he and his competitors fight to the finish while this true story unfolds on the open roads, highways, and interstates of America. Finding his own new road in life will prove to be one of the hardest tasks a man could ever conquer if he and his old chopped motorcycle can make it all 3000 miles to the finish line in one piece.

©2019 Bob Marshall (P)2019 Bob Marshall

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  • Jake
  • 03-11-2020

The roadtrip you wanted to take.

The ultimate motorcycle roadtrip story. Bob also has a podcast by the name of American Road Runner, which is definitely worth a listen as well. Both will take you into part of the motorcycle world that few know. An intriguing man with a great story telling ability. Please enjoy!

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  • Marva
  • 18-10-2020

Open Road

The moment you realize that life is an open road and we’re in charge of our own destiny. The book highlights life in every way possible and to see life through someone else’s eyes really enhances who we think we are.

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  • Trav
  • 17-10-2020

If you ride, you’ll love this!

Bob is a hell of a guy and a great writer. If you love two wheels and the open road, you will love this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-2020

Man, Machine, Love, and Adventure.

Loved every minute of the book and Bob's smooth voice makes this a great listen. I can envision every detail he describes as if I were there in the moment. If you love motorcycles, competition, and thinking about women while you are out on the road, this is the audio book for you.

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  • Raymond Bing
  • 01-12-2020

The how-to of HOW-TO chopper race.

I enjoy a good story like this one. Motorcycle (chopper) building, racing, family, money, women, philosophy and other cool things. I wish someone would of written this book sooner so I could of raced the stampede. Now that it is over it seems all the secrets can come out. Glad it was all written down and shared here in Bobs story. His gravel voice in the narration made it all worth it from the man who lived it.

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  • CoastRange
  • 05-01-2021

Honest, Righteous and Well read.

A great story of true life on the road. It is a brutally honest tale with more integrity than most authors can bring themselves to bare. Perhaps not for the timid reader this is a fantastic tale of a righteous biker, his scoot and his journey chasing his American dream. I can't wait to find out if there will be more to follow from this author and narrator.

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  • Theodore John
  • 16-11-2020

Uh.... wait.... what am I listening to?

Criticism is necessary for one to understand, grow and evolve. Criticism is a necessary evil of any performance art and must be embraced by any performer. Did you ever start watching a movie and realize it was the worst piece of crap you've ever seen in your life, but you don't stop watching because you are expecting something cool to happen or you keep watching because you just have some morbid curiosity about where it's going? This book is that movie. Despite all of its praises, "Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and this book have something in common, I have listened to a lot of audiobooks. Dozens and dozens over the years. Possibly over 100 audiobooks and out of all of them, "Zen" and this book are the two that I just can't listen to anymore. Dreadful. Let's start with Performance: Hideous. I embrace, encourage and enjoy authors who are capable of narrating their own book. Most, thankfully, are very good at it and for the listener, it gives them the feeling of being told the story right from the one that experienced it. Some authors either A: Understand what it takes to record and produce an audio book and elect to have someone else go through that or B: Know that they do not have the voice and/or don't have what it takes to perform the book rightfully. Mr. Marshall, though I give kudos for the effort, neither has the voice, ability or performance capability to deliver his adventure without sounding like he is reading a menu with a third grade education. Every word was delivered painfully. Delivery: The authors use of catchy words or phrases were for the most part un-necessary and most times placed simply to sound cool or clever. They were neither. Use of the word "Arse" instead of "Ass" makes no sense when he was quite fine with saying any other explanative freely. No one or nothing is "Bad Arse". I have never met anyone or seen anything that was "Bad Arse". I've seen plenty of "Bad-ass" stuff in my time, but "Bad Arse"? No. And for the love of all that is good. It's a motorcycle! It's a bike! It's a Kawi, it's "my ride". Continually and endlessly referring to his motorcycle as a "Scoot" is his thing, but come on, switch it up once in a while. I don't know anyone, nor have I ever met anyone that refers to their motorcycle as a scoot. Story: This book was all over the place. There was nothing chronological about it. I recall a scene from the Chevy Chase movie "Funny Farm" where he wrote a book and gave it to his wife to read. She finished it in tears explaining that there were flash backs, flash forwards and maybe even a flash sideways. This book will have you feeling the same way. At around the 3 hour mark the author gave me the impression that the race was over. I was confused, I didn't know where I was in the book, I had to check the chapters. I understand that sometimes a writer may have to reference something in the past to bring light to something current, but the author would frequently make trips to the past and sometimes make a trip past while in the past trip, only to zoom us to the present to jump back to the past moments later. I never belittle anyone's praise and honor of their father so here I will give Mr. Marshall a thumbs up and say "Good job". Apparently the authors excitement and appreciation for his girlfriends AND mistresses breasts, ass, legs and overall figure, was enough to share with us is sexual desires, feelings, dreams and actions. Is this a book about a motorcycle adventure or one of those romance sex novels? Look, I'm no prude by any means and I appreciate an attractive woman just as much as the next guy, but repeated reminders in his lustful tones was just a bit too much. I know there is a story in here somewhere and I think if the author cut out all the crap and just told the story of the "Highly Illegal Race that no one is supposed to know about"........ While I'm on the subject, why would you write a book about something that is illegal and no one should know about it? Aren't you exposing everyone? Aren't you painting a target on all that participate as well as the organizers? Of course having this book narrated by someone else, it could have been so much better. At last check, I was 4 hours and 57 minutes into it and I refuse, I absolutely refuse to listen to another second of it. If I could send it back and get a refund, my God I would in a split second. Lastly, I give an "A" for effort. Nice try Bob, but, you have smarts in other areas apparently. Stick to that and let someone else deliver your story. For the reader/listener. There are way better motorcycle adventure books out there. Look away.

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  • Shannon Sawyer
  • 11-11-2020

Review by a Comitted Cager

I often try to expand my knowledge by reading (and/or listening) to books outside of my comfort zone. It's one of my favorite ways to learn. I credit this title with 4/5 stars, because learn I did! As an honest reviewer - the following are my dislikes and likes for this audible books. Dislikes: Inconsistency. When the word "arse" was first used, it grated my ears. I thought maybe this biker book was attempting to be PG, but further chapters including some hot details about his mistress, the expected use of the word "Fuck", and occasioanl "cock". So nope...SO then maybe this is how the author speaks? No - Ass is used throughout the book. Bad-assery, hauling ass - but everyonce in awhile that damn "Arse" would pop in - and screeeeech across my ears. Just a distracting side note - but it's my review. Next is a technical issue - Bob has an outstanding voice. I could listen to him read a phone book. He has a great rumbly timber that suits a man on a motorcycle, and just enough of an unplaceable accent to keep me interested. Yeah - I like his voice. SO that is why when at the 1 hour 10 minute mark, then at 1 hour 45 minutes and the beginning of Chapter 7 - I went from listening in a comfortable rhythm to "WHAT THE HELL?" as the audio became hollow, echo infused not the Bob I had been enjoying! After the first auditory crash and then having his smooth voice with no distortions pick back up, the next couple were not as harsh - for much like labor, I now knew it would eventually end. SO if you experience this while listening - just know it goes away... or maybe it won't bother you at all? Now for the story itself - I actually enjoyed it. I have zero desire to get a "scoot" - and at 46, I don't even want to ride on one. As a younger woman - I had a few thrills with a few guys in my time....there's a Honda 750 I still have scars and smiles from and remember it's rider (and his leathers) with a smile - but that doesn't mean a book about an illegal motorcycle race across the country can't be enjoyable - and it was. Bob - although I do not know him personally - is a story teller. He winds the present with his memories, describes the meandering road woven with his thoughts, and it is good. The balance of the race at hand and his life back home made for a great journey. I learned many things about motorcycle riding and safety and what to pack as well as maneuvering among big rigs and the dangers of DEER! I see the use of three types of tape and the intentional planning for something as simple as a stop for petrol. As a Cager - I am more aware of scoots around me. His passion is tangible, and as he describes the scenery and climate around him as it changes with the miles- you will feel it too. From cool night desert air to the muggy humidity that weighs you down in the south. Humor is interspersed throughout as well as life lessons from his Pop - the laziest, smartest man Bob knows. Fellow racers are well described and visual - I can see Mrs. Myagi waving by as she passes you up! As a female reader, my perspective may be a little different than a male - but I MAY of had a few eye rolls at certain parts, and sighed an/ or blushed at others - You read and decide... I appreciate Bob's love of our country and infrastructure, his ability to fix what's broke - and realizing that sometimes he is what needs fixing. Last - I love music. Titles of songs are uniquely placed thrugh out the story - and I knew most of them, but I did have to google a few...it's an interesting addition to a book, and was appreciated - Overall - I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good story - Scoot rider or cager.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2020

What a race!

Author Bob Marshall takes us on a journey through life, death, divorce, family, mid-life crisis, masculinity, mechanics and self reflection on the highways of a country that gives him the freedom to be true to himself. This book made me want to learn to ride a motorcycle and buy my first scoot. hearing Bob read his own words and experiencing the raw emotion, exhaustion and elation in his voice brought the story low to my ear as if told by an old friend late night by the fire. This was a great read but an even better listen, especially on two wheels dodging cagers and watching the night for roadrunners, coyotes and deer.

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