INVENTORY These Four Books Make Us Want to Hit the Open RoadWhen the bike is parked, there's no better way to feel the open road than through some of our favorite reads.
- Words Iron & Air Staff
As the producers of our own magazine, our shelves are lined with plenty of printed material dedicated to the things that move us. But when we’re looking to scratch the itch that inspires our own publication, these are some of the go-to books that satiate our desire to travel, build, reflect, and dream.
Few books have such a gravity to them that they are nearly impossible to part with. Todd Blubaugh’s Too Far Gone is one such masterpiece. In it, Blubaugh explains how he quit his job in pursuit of adventure on the open road. His long-planned trip crisscrossing the nation was meant to be an escape and an opportunity to forge a new existence while pursuing his twin passions for photography and motorcycle culture. Only days before his expected departure, Todd learned of the unexpected and sudden passing of both of his parents turning his experience into an unexpected introspective journey that will stick with you long after you put it down.
Too Far Gone is loaded with creatively printed artifacts and personal letters written to and from Todd during his journeys. Do yourself a favor: for only a few bucks more, pick up a signed copy from Todd directly. You’ll be happy you did.Too Far Gone
Matias Corea and Joel Estopà undertook a seven-month, 13-country, 20,000-mile journey from Brooklyn, New York, to the southernmost city in South America: Ushuaia, Argentina (read about their journey here). Their trip is covered in a beautiful, 272-page book that highlights their trip preparation, stories from the road, breathtaking photography, and personal insights. While Two Wheels South is not intended to be a how-to guide, it will inspire your approach to your next road trip and satiate the wanderlust in any traveler.Two Wheels South
The definitive bibles of the 21st century custom scene: a pair of beautifully produced coffee table books from the esteemed Berlin publisher Gestalten, co-edited by Bike EXIF’s Chris Hunter. You’ll have to hunt around for a copy of the first volume, but The Ride: 2nd Gear is still available. The books showcase everything from classic bobbers to endurance racers, plus Japanese icons and rare BMWs and Triumphs. Some are art bikes made for show; others are futuristic visions inspired by the aesthetics of science fiction, fantasy, or anime. Essential reading — and eye candy — for all fans of custom bikes, and the builders who create them.The Ride
The gang at Roark understand adventure. In this compendium from their travels across 16 global destinations, Roaming features images, intel, itineraries, tales, and testimonies collected by Roark’s expert guides. From surf expeditions to Iceland, the Falkland Islands, or Jamaica, to motorcycle journeys through Nepal, rock climbing in Argentina to cliff jumping in Northern Vietnam, and more all captured by world-renowned photographers such as Chris Burkard, Dylan Gordon, Jeff Johnson, Drew Smith, and Chris McPherson. Grab the book and start dreaming of your next trip.