Book review: Nearly 40 on the 37

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“There’s something about running a motorbike engine for a long time, then stopping it in the wilderness, that is both hugely satisfying and yet somehow a little terrifying,” wrote Trevor Marc Hughes in his book Nearly 40 on the 37: Triumph and Trepidation on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway

Few people will get to experience their home province the way Hughes did in August 2012. Aboard a Kawasaki KLR 650, he rode by himself from Vancouver to the northernmost reaches of B.C. along the rugged and remote Highway 37—also known as the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.

Along the way, he connected with the people, learned about their culture and beliefs and discovered a part of the province that is set to change. At the same time, Hughes found within himself the answers to questions he’s had for the better part of his 40 years.

Nearly 40 on the 37 is a product of that adventure. Written with honesty and humour, it is a story that even non-motorcyclists will find engaging.

And if you happen to own a bike, you will no doubt feel an urge to retrace Hughes’ journey behind the bars of your own motorcycle.

For more information on this book, visit Trevor Marc Hughes’ website.


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