Nearly every motorcyclist I have had the good fortune of meeting suffers from the same condition, albeit with varying levels of severity. This condition, which mystifies and frustrates our families, and unites us as brothers, is the inexplicable, often all-encompassing wanderlust. For some, it can be treated with a weekly Sunday afternoon ride, while others can never truly get it out of their system no matter how far or how often they ride. For those who long for meaning and significance in their lives, they forever dream that the call of the highway will provide them with the much needed answers to their existence they crave.
Journalist Mark Richardson embarked on a journey, both physical and spiritual as he followed the route chronicled by Robert Pirsig in his famous story, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. The trek, which begins in Minneapolis, MN and ends in San Francisco, CA was the backdrop for a novel that went much deeper than your average roadtrip tales. In addition to inspiring generations of motorcyclists with his book, Pirsig is responsible for writing the most widely read book on philosophy, ever. The 1974 novel, which was originally rejected by 121 publishers eventually found a widespread audience and has sold over four million copies in 27 countries.
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