Neil Peart - eBook - Ghost Rider


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The 2002 eBook by Neil Peart, now available as an updated version with a small collection of 2020 edits.

This second motorcycle memoir (following 1996's The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa), from the author best known as drummer and lyricist of the legendary Canadian rock band Rush, chronicles a journey of healing. In the late-90s, Peart suffered a pair of life-changing tragedies: he lost his daughter and his wife of 20 years within a 10 month period. In the fall of 1998, in an effort to distract himself from grief and reevaluate his life, he embarked on a trip that took him across Canada and through the U.S. and Mexico.

Through journal notes and letters written over the course of 55,000 miles, Peart chronicles his feelings of loss and envy, and the slow rebuilding of his life through the support of friends and family.

Ghost Rider is also an alternative travel guide fuelled by the author's detailed descriptions of towns, roads, hotels, restaurants, and the people he encountered. "Moab proved to be the perfect small town, at least by the Ghost Rider's exacting criteria," he writes, "those being that a town should have a decent motel, a small museum of local history, a friendly post office, and a well-stocked liquor store." Thought-provoking and even humorous at times, Peart reveals in straight-ahead prose the emotional turmoil following such an epic loss--and we ride shotgun as he gradually acquires a renewed sense of purpose.

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