Posted by: caryandjohn | March 4, 2012

John Ryan and Melissa Holbrook Pierson

We’re going to a book reading later today that the author of “The Perfect Vehicle,” Melissa Holbrook Pierson, who is holding for her new book about long-distance rider John Ryan. The new book is called “The Man Who Would Stop At Nothing.” John holds the record for riding his Yamaha FJR from Deadhorse, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, in 87 hours.

Cary and I met the pair yesterday. They flew in from their homes back east (Melissa is from the Catskills and John is from New Jersey), so that they could borrow a pair of bikes to ride while they are here …




Cary, Melissa and John; Cary giving Melissa a lift to Ed Milich’s shop to pick up a Moto Guzzi loaner bike; and John making my 1988 BMW K75s look small … Ed will also be reading at the event today … he’s a poet and motorcycle racer and famous Moto Guzzi guy …



Melissa and Ed Milich; and Melissa with the Bay Bridge … Cary spent the afternoon with Melissa and John, guiding them over to Werk Statt, where they met Ed, and then taking them for a wonderful lunch in one of the Mission’s famous Mexican food places and for a tour of the city (while I worked on our racebikes for our trackday on Monday … ha.)

The reading is in Emeryville today … Lunch starts at 1p.m. and the reading starts at around 3p.m. at Addiction Motorcycle in Emeryville …



  1. Great day out. The sight seeing ride was just right and the weather held perfectly. The readings and get together at Addiction Cycles went along swimmingly also. It was nice to hear from Melissa about her attachment to motorcycling and the Q&A with John was an eye opener for us FJR riders. I see some new missions on the horizon. And as always, good to see Ed, Jen and the baby (just adorable) I had a great time.

  2. Hi Bob: What a great day; so happy that we all made the effort to be there … a gathering of the clan, for sure … Thanks for leading such a great ride!

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