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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Photoshoot with Arnie’s Terminator III bike for Triumph Live Summer Festival

A great, fun day yesterday having a few photos taken with the Terminator3 Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Bonneville bike which has been shipped to Jack Lilley’s Triumph dealership ready for Triumph Live on 12 July.  It will be with me for the book signing.  This bike is amazing – the side bags looked like they had special effects explosion equipment inside and the paintwork a real eye-opener and masterpiece in what can be achieved in creating our imagination to go wild for Hollywood films! 

I also received true heartfelt, touching words ... from my sister Lisa who’s just read the book. For some frustrating reason she couldn’t post it onto the Waterstones site so here it is.  And I love Arnold Palmer’s quote – something my father kept in his wallet which made it even more moving ...   
Read this then make your own dream come true ...
The sheer grit and determination of this woman to achieve her dream of riding solo unsupported on a Triumph across America bounces off every page. What engaged me most of all was her character; here was a person whose longest bike trip to date was less than 100 miles now tackling a journey of over 5000 miles!  Most endearing of all was the contradiction of someone with the raw courage to even attempt this coupled with palpable fear and anxiety over some of the big and small challenges the trip threw up.
You essentially want to be on the back of the bike with her and by reading this you are along for the ride. And what a ride! Away from all the predictable routes she always leads us to some fascinating place that she seems to have an unerring sense of discovering. Along the way we are introduced to wonderful characters. Zoe Cano has done all the hard work in pioneering this particular road trip - I suspect many more will want to follow her along these roads less travelled.

For me the spirit of Bonneville Go or Bust is summed up by something Arnold Palmer once said:
If you think you're beaten you are
If you think you dare not you don't
If you'd like to win but think you can't it's almost certain that you won't
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger woman or man, but sooner or later those who win are those who think they can
Read this, then make your own dream come true.

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