Written and photographed by Andrew Hayward Smith.
Printed and digital versions available.
“Sorry but we are going to have to let you go.” These words echoed in my ears as I realized that I had just become one of the millions affected by the global economic crisis. I was now a part of the percentage creating the rising unemployment number due to the recession. Panic. Anger. Fear. Uncertainty. Emotions eddied inside me. “What am I going to do?” That day witnessed the end of one life I had acted out with routine precision for so many years and opened a door for another. It set in motion a soul defining, spirit challenging turn of events, one that would find me following in the shadows of my great, great, great uncle, Ernest Shackleton. Having never ridden further than 200 straight Floridian miles in a single day, nor ridden through mountain terrain, nor deserts, I set out to discover the United States in a period of 60 days. 14,000 solo motorcycling miles later, I had written my own future across the face of America.
“Triumph Across the USA” takes the reader to well-known and lesser-known highlights across 27 States. Part travel guide, part journal, part photography collection, part interactive Facebook commentary, part history and geography lesson, “Triumph Across The USA” captures the people and the natural majesty of the United States through an introspective soul and camera lens.
“ A reminder of possibility.” – Meredith Houser
“What an epic trip!” – Nathalie Carby
“I just want to say, thank you for sharing your adventure! The phenomenal photos, the stories, the gags, the humor, the commentary, the history, the landscape, the big trees, the dead trees, the pee shot, the moose, the bee sting, I could just go on and on. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! Thank You! Bravo!” – Roxy Love
“Oh my God, your photos and commentary are fascinating… The second I get more time I’m looking at more!” – Sarah Nathalie Boyd
“To accomplish great things, we not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
– Anatole France
From June 2009 to August 2009 I rode my Triumph Bonneville in a ‘figure of 8′ around the United States of America. Having previously only ridden a scant 200 miles from Miami to St. Augustine in Florida I decided to take on the USA. The resulting journey was 61 days and 14,000 miles. And, out of it all came a book “Triumph Across The USA”…