Well, it was a long road to get here (quite literally!), but today is a big day. After years of hard work, thousands of miles of motorcycle travels and more dings & dents in my Nikon than I care to remember, my husband, Tim Watson’s travel novel ‘There and Back Again to See How Far It Is’ goes on sale today.

Was I crazy to want to accompany my husband on this 8,000-mile trek on our motorcycles through eight Western states in the U.S., using only two-lane highways & back roads, and living for weeks at a time out of my bike’s saddlebags that were barely big enough to carry my camera and a large-Ziploc-baggie-sized bag of clothes? Yes.  Would I do it all over again tomorrow? Hell yes.

We are FAR from what most people would consider ‘hard-core bikers’.  Neither of us have ever claimed to be that, nor did we aim to become that. We still aren’t. We simply are two people who love riding our Harleys, and after too many years sitting behind corporate desks decided that it was time to drop everything and do what we love to do for a change. For Tim, it was writing. For me, it was photography. Combine the two, and you get the recipe for Tim’s book.

It will be on book store shelves in the U.S. on October 1st – a month from today. But, meantime, if you happen to be in the UK or Europe, it’s in book stores today. Or, if you’re reading this then we know you have access to the Internet! So check it out & order it online on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s or any other major bookseller.

You can visit Tim’s Author Page on Facebook and connect with him on Twitter.  And the Anne Watson Photography Page on Facebook and Twitter.

Tim & Me.  Photo by Amanda Doublin, www.amandadoublin.com
Cover photo by yours truly, www.aw.paintedpaperplanes.com
Open roads as far as the eye can see – in the middle of the Nevada desert.
A seemingly-endless road into the mountains of Utah.
We had Lake Abert in Oregon virtually to ourselves and a perfect, winding, newly-paved road along its banks.
Another two-lane highway, all to ourselves. This time, near Joshua Tree in the middle of the California Mojave Desert.
One of the hairier days on the road… Riding straight into a giant 100-mile-long dust storm cloud that transformed the Western part of the state of Utah into what felt like the surface of the Moon.
Winding roads taking us up into the mountains of Wyoming. It was breathtaking. And very, very cold!
This was a familiar scene for me on our travels… Tim was ahead of me on his bike, and this was the scene in my bike’s rear-view mirror. Nothing but openness. It was fantastic.