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Going Home: A Solo Voyage through North America
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This book is about an extended boat trip.  Over a four year period, in the mountains of Utah, Spike built a small river boat in his backyard.  Then he launched it in a Wyoming stream and voyaged alone across the United States and Canada using rivers.  After reaching Chicago, he passed through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence River.  By the end of that second summer season, he had covered four thousand miles on rivers and lakes and a thousand miles on open ocean waters.  In September of 2006, he reached Prince Edward Island and stored the boat there.  Then he carried on by bicycle through Nova Scotia and down into New England.  In the end, after three decades of absence, he returned to his childhood home, a rural retreat next to a lake in central New Hampshire.  This is the story of his adventure.

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Stalking Youth and Women in the European Outback
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Late in the spring of 2003, Spike took a seven week trip to Europe.  He spent half the time cycling alone around the island of Corsica and the other half visiting an Internet girlfriend in the Russian Caucasus.  This curious adventure is the subject of a travel book replete with oddball adventures and demented philosophy.  Spike wrote the book each day as he travelled and finished it as his airline flight home landed back in Salt Lake City.  You can read the book by clicking on the image to the right.  It will bring up the galley that has been used by AuthorHouse to print the book.  The image is, in fact, the book cover.  You can order it by going to www.authorhouse.com.

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In December of 2003, Spike took a two-week trip to Costa Rica where he cycled alone through the area around Lake Arenal and along the coast of Guanacaste.  In this very short book he records his impressions of the country and speculates about the character of Costa Ricans as well as the mindset of the many expatriates who live there.  The book is also an introspective examination of what motivates a loner. Costa Rican Beach


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