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Freewheeling: Riding in Italy: Book I

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Here, in the first book of Tom Foran Clark’s four part “Freewheeling” series, “Riding in Italy” the author gives a clear nod and tip of the hat to the works of Kerouac, Pirsig, Bellow, Cervantes, and Rabelais. Here are the adventures of two young vagabonds in Europe, Pike and Emery. “Pike had made a plan,” the story goes. “He was going to ride a bike south through Spain to Here, in the first book of Tom Foran Clark’s four part “Freewheeling” series, “Riding in Italy” the author gives a clear nod and tip of the hat to the works of Kerouac, Pirsig, Bellow, Cervantes, and Rabelais. Here are the adventures of two young vagabonds in Europe, Pike and Emery. “Pike had made a plan,” the story goes. “He was going to ride a bike south through Spain to Morocco, then east across North Africa to Italy.” Emery proposes, “I'll join you if you start in Italy and do the journey backwards"" – from northern Italy south to Sicily and on to Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Spain. They purchase their bikes in Milan, “a fogbound madhouse of a million angry honking, gnashing, sideswiping cars.” While Pike was content with finding an unpretentious “banged and dented, wobbly, pale blue ten-speed,” Emery had the proprietor of a fancy bike shop on the Corso Garibaldi show Emery “a stunning Mediterranean blue new Rossignoli bicycle that immediately sent Emery's imagination reeling. And that, indeed, would be Emery's bike – the bike on which he would set out freewheeling.” The author did in fact once ride a bike, with a cohort, from northern Italy south to Sicily and on to North Africa – and so on -- years ago now. From that long and grueling journey sprang this finely crafted fiction. The “freewheeling” is not only in the events – what happens in the journeys of these two young vagabonds – but also in the author’s exuberant telling of his tale.


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Here, in the first book of Tom Foran Clark’s four part “Freewheeling” series, “Riding in Italy” the author gives a clear nod and tip of the hat to the works of Kerouac, Pirsig, Bellow, Cervantes, and Rabelais. Here are the adventures of two young vagabonds in Europe, Pike and Emery. “Pike had made a plan,” the story goes. “He was going to ride a bike south through Spain to Here, in the first book of Tom Foran Clark’s four part “Freewheeling” series, “Riding in Italy” the author gives a clear nod and tip of the hat to the works of Kerouac, Pirsig, Bellow, Cervantes, and Rabelais. Here are the adventures of two young vagabonds in Europe, Pike and Emery. “Pike had made a plan,” the story goes. “He was going to ride a bike south through Spain to Morocco, then east across North Africa to Italy.” Emery proposes, “I'll join you if you start in Italy and do the journey backwards"" – from northern Italy south to Sicily and on to Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Spain. They purchase their bikes in Milan, “a fogbound madhouse of a million angry honking, gnashing, sideswiping cars.” While Pike was content with finding an unpretentious “banged and dented, wobbly, pale blue ten-speed,” Emery had the proprietor of a fancy bike shop on the Corso Garibaldi show Emery “a stunning Mediterranean blue new Rossignoli bicycle that immediately sent Emery's imagination reeling. And that, indeed, would be Emery's bike – the bike on which he would set out freewheeling.” The author did in fact once ride a bike, with a cohort, from northern Italy south to Sicily and on to North Africa – and so on -- years ago now. From that long and grueling journey sprang this finely crafted fiction. The “freewheeling” is not only in the events – what happens in the journeys of these two young vagabonds – but also in the author’s exuberant telling of his tale.

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