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American Borders
American Borders

American Borders

Breakdowns in Small Towns All Around the U.S.A.


240 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: April 2008

ISBN 9780964644519

Rights: US & CA

Motorcycle Misadventures (Apr 2008)

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"Her travelogue takes the reader across many borders—political, social, economic, and temporal." —Suzanne Ferriss, managing editor, International Journal of Motorcycle Studies

An exploration of the borders between the United States, Canada, and Mexico on an unreliable Russian Ural motorcycle with sidecar becomes a comedy of breakdowns in small towns all around America. This four-month, 10,000-mile adventure spans moments of blissful backroads freedom, cultural connection, and roadside romance—interrupted by cracked welds, electrical gremlins, evil tow-truck drivers, tornadoes, and hurricanes. From British Columbia to the Blue Ridge, Boquillas to Beverly Hills, this is an intimate exploration of the United States and its neighbors.


"Finally, an entertaining book written by an experienced and well-traveled woman motorcyclist. Motorcyclists, non-motorcyclists, women, and men will find Carla's story both heartwarming and revealing as she tiptoes the lines between feminine woman and hardcore biker, flirty and reserved, and carefree and responsible, knowing right when to use each persona to her advantage." —Genevieve Schmitt, founder,

Author Biography

Carla King is the author of the real-time internet dispatches American Borders, China Road, and Indian Sunset. Her work has appeared in Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, Travelers' Tales anthologies, and In Search of Adventure. She lives in Richmond, California.