Harley Tracks Testimonials–Excerpts: (full testimonials below)

“Your story became a part of mine. The poetic, lyrical, and colorful description of the people and landscapes really came alive. You kept the focus on honoring our veterans, not in promoting the anti-war movement or our government’s position. I laughed, cried, studied, re-read, and wondered in awe as I read your book. I ordered 2 more copies for friends who will appreciate them. I now have a desire to do some sort of volunteer work with and for our veterans.”

Paul Ittner, Minneapolis MN

“I have often wanted to go back and visit. Your book and the way you described everything helped me see another Vietnam and it sounds like a great placer and much beauty. Thanks so much for honoring our troops who did not have the chance to do some Harley Tracks of Vietnam or to the wall! You honored them in an awesome way!”

Gary Wells, Vietnam Veteran

“My first overall thoughts were, WOW, WHAT A BRAVE GUY and WHAT THE HECK – IS THIS GUY CRAZY! …I’m 74  and have absolutely no experience with motorcycles, but I learned the importance of motorcyclists to be “one with their bike”…I truly loved the ending of your book…..I know you really put your heart into this journey, and I truly believe you did yourself proud with the spirits who traveled with you.”

Carol Slater; Resident, St. Paul MN

“What an incredible ride. No one I know could have made a ride even close to yours. You are truly the Hard Rider. I learned from your book that everything is different in Vietnam now. It is truly well written and edited. It will be of interest to a wide readership.

Lawrence Beutlich, Vietnam Veteran, Author: Pa’s Big Adventure

“There have been many books and other media projects about epic bike trips–but none are like this one. Brazen, brave, and seriously badass.”

Bill Hayes, Author; The Original Wild Ones, American Biker, Hell on Wheels, and more.

“If you like motorcycles, Harley Tracks has to be your next book. 41,000 miles on a solo pilgrimage to honor those who fought in the Vietnam War. Everyday was an adventure. The writing is crisp, detailed, and flawlessly edited.”

Henry Zeybel, Editor; Vietnam Veterans of America Magazine

“I have been aware of your journey, but I mostly avoid the Vietnam stuff as it causes me hurt. However, I took the book two days ago, and read it Sunday. I was 18 when I went there; it hurt me deeply as I now understand. I am glad you rode for those who can never do it.  Keep it up for those of us who “came home” but left a lot over there.”

John A. Shaver, Jr., Vietnam Veteran

 

I appreciated the deep respect you had for my fellow soldiers, sailors, and airmen along the way. I was most struck by your pronouncement in “The Swan Song Ride”…”Brothers, FALL IN. I believe they all heard you.”

Tom Campbell, Vietnam Veteran, SEAL Team One

 

Harley Tracks honors our veterans in a manner unlike any other. One can see that all we fought for was not in vain.”

Dave Barr, Vietnam Veteran, Author; Riding the Edge, Riding the Ice, and The Southern Cross

“Closing the loop at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. was a poignant and perfect conclusion to his epic ride. This journey changed Mike forever. Reading his book changed me as well.”

Jerry Connor, President; National Veterans Awareness Organization

 

“A ride that takes on the life of its own is the dream of every motorcycle rider. When it’s a four year adventure across every part of a land that was once hostile, it’s epic.

Wayne Worden, Vietnam Veteran, President, Faithful Warriors, Christian Motorcycle Association

 

Harley Tracks is a story of one man and his Harley Davidson on a once in a lifetime journey; a great riding adventure, and an adventure in life.”

Steve “Headdog” Moore, President, The Wall Gang

 

“Not only is it a motorcycle ride like no other, he rides across a land with a story of its own that needs to be told. The book has the power to take you on the trip with him as he visits history that needs a voice like his to tell the story. ”

Larry Tank, USMC, HDBitchin.com

” When you deliver the message, I will admit that I had tears in my eyes. By far the best investment I made at Sturgis 75. I hope we meet again. Thanks for the book Mike.”

Jeff, Biker

“I purchased your book at the PX at Ft. Snelling. I enjoyed reading about your ventures in Vietnam and your ride to The Wall. Just thought I’d send a mail of what I thought about it. I definitely should visit that place.”

Anthony Papenfus, Soldier 

“Received your book brother, thank you. I look forward to reading of your experiences. In June, I’ll be going back to Vietnam to where I earned my Congressional Medal of Honor.”

Sammy L. Davis, Vietnam Veteran, Author: You Don’t Lose ‘Till You Quit Trying.

“Have also enjoyed reading your book. Hope that we meet down the road in support of our troops and veterans.”

Fred Tramm & Lucy Hanson

“Again, a great book! Be safe on all your journeys.”

Clayton Gullickson, Vietnam Veteran

“Your words amaze me. Heartfelt.”

Mike Swinscoe, Vietnam Veteran

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COMPLETE TESTIMONIALS:

Hi Mike,

I thought today, Memorial Day, would be a good day to express my joy and gratitude about your book, Across Vietnam to The Wall. I met you at Barnes and Noble in Minneapolis MN. I talked to you a little and bought a signed copy of your book. I just missed being drafted to the War, because the draft ended the year I graduated from high school (1973). The news of the war weighed heavily on me during my early years. I watched it being broadcast on the TV. My father, a WW II vet and I would discuss it, and later on it was a major source of contention for us. )Much to my regret now.)

My daughter and her husband are international school teachers in Saigon. I just went to visit them. I began reading your book before the trip, and was really getting into it. I read the rest of it on the airplane to and from Saigon. Your story became a part of mine. The poetic, lyrical, and colorful descriptions of the people and landscapes really came alive. The history you included add to my understanding of what really  went on there. I really appreciate the way you brought out the crazy politics of the time, without offending the right or left. You kept the focus on honoring our veterans, not in promoting the anti-war movement or our government’s position. I liked your light-hearted reference to Pete Seeger, as well as referencing Robert McNamara. I loved your sentences in The Swan Song Ride, Part 2…”As I scrolled through the pages of adventure, I found an evolution of an awareness of those I rode for. The tangible and intangible elements tumbled through my prose. I was not a journalist, a historian, or a combat veteran; I was simply a guy who enjoyed his free-spirited nature on a Harley Davidson.” Wow! That’s so awesome. I laughed, cried, studied, re-read, and wondered in awe as I read your book. The Swan Song Ride, Part 1 was my favorite chapter. I ordered 2 more copies of the book to give to friends who will appreciate it.

As I get close to retirement age, (I’m a chef) I am formulating ideas for what I will do with my time. I now have a desire to do some sort of volunteer work with and for our Veterans. You have fueled my free spirit, and give me lots to wonder and think about. Thanks Mike

Paul Ittner, Minneapolis MN

“Mike, I read your book and really enjoyed it. I am a Vietnam Veteran, combat medic 69-70. I also lost my cousin who was like a brother over in Vietnam about 6 weeks before I went over. I was in the Americal Division, at Chu Lai, south of DaNang. I have often wanted to go back and visit. Your book and the way you described everything helped me see another Vietnam and it sounds like a great place and much beauty. Maybe I can meet you if you are going on the Run for The Wall this year. 2017 will be my 4th time…3 times on the Southern Route, thinking of the Central Route this year. Thanks so much for honoring our troops who did not have the chance to do some Harley Tracks of Vietnam or to The Wall. You honored them in an awesome way!”

Gary Wells, Vietnam Veteran

(An excerpt from Carol’s three pages of email) “My first thoughts were, WOW, WHAT A BRAVE GUY and WHAT THE HECK – IS THIS GUY CRAZY! Of course I really, really enjoyed your travels all over Vietnam in memory of the Veterans who fought there. The challenges you faced would have stopped me in my tracks. But then, I’m 74 and have absolutely no experience with motorcycles. I was never aware before how important it is for motorcyclists to be “one with their bike.” The one thing that jumped out at me from your text and your pictures was the friendliness of the people…The section on “Tracks to a Greater Awareness” makes one wonder how you were able to preserve and finally finish your journey. However, you had the greatest carrot dangling in front of you: your determination to honor all fallen or returned veterans from the Vietnam War–can’t find a better reason than that.

I really enjoyed your side trips to Kashmir and Laos, you captured the natural opposites of all those green valleys and snow covered mountains….The war memorials sure made one stop and think…Something else that was eye opening–the zillions of mopeds and amount of stuff that can be tied onto them.

I truly loved the ending of your book–your journey to THE WALL…The other monument that was a bit tearing was the Wall of Dog Tags–so many young lives lost…It was appropriate to have a cover where the only flower picture you took is juxtaposed on top of soldiers names on The Wall–a true rendition of peace and healing. I know you really put your heart into this journey and I truly believe you did yourself proud with the spirits who traveled with you.”

Carol Slater, Resident: St. Paul MN

Hi Mike,
A very close friend, and first time HD owner met you in Jackson WY, and had to buy your book for me. I have been aware of your journey but I mostly avoid the Vietnam stuff as it causes me hurt. However, I took the book two days ago and read it on Sunday. I was fine until the end and The Wall. I was especially connected with your work when you added to your mission the phone at the wall. I wept as I read, as I do now writing. I was 18 when I went there, and it hurt me deeply as I now understand. I am glad you rode for those who can never do it. I ride a 78 shovel, 83 shovel shrine bigger, and a 94 Road King. Peace after Nam, was rare; a lean to in Vermont, my bikes, my long suffering wife of 40+ years, and now my growing family 13 grand and a great on the way….I don’t know if i could handle a return to Nam, although, some I know have gone back. I have wanted to do the Run to the Wall, but my body is quitting me somewhat from injuries there and cancer, but I have not quit suckin AIR. Nor have I given up, but some days are diamonds and some are coal. I would love to met some day down the trail. Keep it up for us that have “come home” but left a lot over their. Thanks Bro

John A. Shaver Jr., Vietnam Veteran

 

“There have been many books and other media projects about epic bike trips to, from, and around the most precarious points on the globe–but none are like this one. Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall combines adventure, education, a global history lesson, and a poignant personal path that is brazen, brave, and seriously badass.”

Bill Hayes, Author of The Original Wild Ones, American Biker, Hell on Wheels, and more.

“If you like motorcycles, Harley Tracks has to be your next book. Author Mike Rinowski describes practically every mile of an amazing journey he took on a Harley Fat Boy–41,000 miles on a solo pilgrimage to honor those who fought in the Vietnam War. The Fat Boy and Mike conquered all the country and climate presented. Every day was an adventure.

The writing is crisp, detailed, and flawlessly edited; Mike turns a phrase for the rare sight, grandeur, and danger. Photos show vividness and clarity seldom found in a memoirist’s photography. His opinions and analyses of the war and its consequences tend toward broad conclusions, however, he excuses these shortcomings by saying, “The nature of combat lay beyond my imagination.”

When a stranger asked where the essence of his travels originated, he said, “It comes from my free-spirited nature.” Mike’s preference to travel alone–the most dangerous way to ride–distinctly confirms that essence.”

Henry Zeybel, Editor, Vietnam Veterans of America Magazine

For Henry’s full review, visit: vvabooks.wordpress.com/harley-tracks

Harley Tracks is a touching tale of faith in an opportunity–to honor our veterans in a manner unlike any other. He carried their spirits over beauty and battlefields, through swelter and monsoons, and finally, united them at The Wall. Harley Tracks is a unique story about freedom and a nation once an enemy–now a friend. One can see that all we fought for was not in vain.”

Dave Barr, Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Marines 1969-72, author of Riding the Edge, Riding the Ice, and The Southern Cross.

“Mike took me on a thrilling, yet heartfelt trek throughout Vietnam. He is humbled by the people, the natural beauty and the spirits of men on both sides of the wars that have transpired in this magical land. Closing the loop at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. was a poignant and perfect conclusion to his epic ride. This journey changed Mike forever. Reading his book changed me as well.”

Jerry Conner, President, National Veterans Awareness Organization.

A ride that takes on a life of its own is the dream of every motorcycle rider. When it’s a four-year adventure across every part of a land that was once hostile, it’s epic. Thank you, Mike, for sharing that epic ride through ‘Nam. And thank you for the honor you showed to those lost in that hostile land so many years ago.”

Wayne Worden, Vietnam Veteran 1970-71, President, Faithful Warriors, Auburn, CA Chapter, Christian Motorcycle Association.

Harley Tracks is a wonderful story of one man and his Harley Davidson on a once in a lifetime journey through the tropical paradise of Vietnam. He returned and rode across the United States with the men who never thought of Vietnam as paradise during their tour of duty. Harley Tracks is truly a great riding adventure, and an adventure in life.”

Steve “Headdog” Moore, President, The Wall Gang Inc.

“I just finished your book. I particularly enjoyed your descriptions of the Viet Nam countryside, the conditions of the roads you travelled and your riding experiences. I felt the scraping of the footboards, the jar from ruts and heaves in the pavement, and the intimate connection to your surroundings along with historical events that occurred there. I appreciated the deep respect you had for my fellow soldiers, sailors, and airmen along the way. I was most struck by your pronouncement in “The Swan Song Ride”…”Brothers, FALL IN. It’s time to go home.” I believe they all heard you.”

Tom Campbell, Vietnam Veteran, SEAL Team One

I just finished reading 6gear’s book HARLEY TRACKS: Across Vietnam to The Wall. Great book! Not only is it a motorcycle ride like no other but he rides across a land with a story of its own that needs to be told. I think Mike (6gear) was born to write this story. He presents the reader with a perspective through words and pictures that brings you into the place that he is writing about. Regardless of whether you are a Vietnam Veteran, a Veteran from another time, a motorcycle rider, a travel buff, or just an avid reader the book has the power to take you on the trip with Mike as he visits history that needs a voice like his to tell the story. Buy a copy of it, you won’t regret it.

Larry Tank, USMC, Owner: www.HDBitchin.com

“Received the book brother, thank you. Looking forward to reading of your experiences! I will be going back to Viet Nam in June and going to the place where I earned my Medal of Honor, fire base Cudgel, 23 miles NW of Cai Lay.”

Sammy L. Davis, Vietnam Veteran, Author: You Don’t Lose ‘Till You Quit Trying.

“Your words amaze me. Heartfelt! You captured the country and the people. I miss it so much.”

Mike Swinscoe, Vietnam Veteran

“Hi Mike, We met at Sturgis 2015. Talked, took picture, and bought your book. I enjoyed it very much. Guess it would be nice to go back someday to see the changes. Again, a great book! Be safe on all your journeys.”

Clayton Gullickson, Vietnam Veteran

 “We enjoyed talking with you at Camp Ripely MN. Have also enjoyed reading your book. Hope that we meet down the road in support of our troops and vets.

Fred Tramm & Lucy Hanson

“We met in Piedmont, SD, where I purchased your book. To be honest, it started slow, and then, about half way through your writing or thinking seems to change. After the change I read the rest of it at one sitting. I have friends who have rode with The Wall. When you deliver the message, I will admit that I had a tear in my eyes. The idea that you not only knew the places where these men gave their lives, you rode through them and left tracks. By far the best investment I made at Sturgis 75. I’m glad we met and hope to meet again. Thanks for the book Mike.”

Jeff, @ Elk Creek Campground

41,000 miles across Vietnam in Faith and Honor, with a playful Vengeance.

 
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