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‘Road writer’ signs book about solo trip around U.S.

It was an adventure dreamed up 40 years ago by a group of friends and motorcycle enthusiasts – to do to the “big square” around the continental United States.

So at the age of 58, with age and injuries catching up to him “before I turned into La-Z-Boy material,” Sean McCooey, founder of the Fort Erie Motorcycle Swap Meet, got on his bike and rode.

Starting out from Fort Erie June 1 three years ago, McCooey, atop a Kawasaki Nomad 1500, rode the four corners of America to Florida, then to California, up the coast highway to Vancouver and back through Canada to home.

It took him until Sept. 13 to complete the ride at an admittedly casual place and with plenty of breakdowns, including a blown head gasket that he babied for the final 6,000 kms.

He set about writing a memoir of the trip over the past two years and it was published this spring. He will sign books at Bridgeburg Bookstore on Friday, July 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

He is selling copies of the book for $25 and hopes to sell enough of the first run of 100 to print more.