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Too Far Gone (Hardcover)

Todd Blubaugh

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Hardcover. Todd Blubaugh quit his job in pursuit of adventure on the open road. His long-planned trip criss-crossing the nation was meant to be an escape and an opportunity to forge a new existence w.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 248 pages. 1.429. Bookseller Inventory # 9781584236214

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Title: Too Far Gone (Hardcover)

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Todd Blubaugh quit his job in pursuit of adventure on the open road. His long-planned trip criss-crossing 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. With the passing of Todds parents only days before his expected departure, his journey took on unanticipated gravity. All told, Todd spent six months on the road, touching down in various U.S. cities during his transcontinental trip. His time spent traveling marks a personal sea change, and a period of great self-discovery. Too Far Gone is the photographic and anecdotal account of his experiences, presented through short vignettes as well as personal letters and artifacts. Threads of human experience weave throughout the text, presented in Todd's compassionate voice and provide the reader with deep access to every detail of his trip, from the fine points of motorcycle culture to the deeply personal stories Todd encountered along the road. Too Far Gone breaks with the traditional motorcycle adventure narrative, joining mixed media pieces with a compelling story to create an engrossing visual experience.


I'm broken, humbled, inspired, and in awe. Your words alone are enough to stand on their own. They brought me to tears, made me want to hug my kids, kiss my wife, and not take a second for granted. Then, your images take things to a whole other level...I want to walk into each frame and live out each of those moments.'
--Adam Fitzgerald, Editor in Chief, Iron & Air Magazine

'Combining photography interspersed with short personal essays and select letters written while on this epic pan-American trip on a 1976 Harley-Davidson, Too Far Gone exemplifies the kind of documentation you wish you'd do when you took a road trip. But that isn't its only outstanding feature. One of the themes of this book is bereavement; both of Todd's parents died days before his long-planned journey. But rather than canceling his plans, Todd set off with a new purpose: to keep going as a means of therapy.

Todd's poetic language and candid photography is therapy in itself for the reader. For anyone seeking to understand man's way of dealing with bereavement, this book is a must.'

--Florence Walker, Petrolicious

'The first picture inside Todd Blubaugh's gorgeous photographic memoir, Too Far Gone, is a point-of-view shot over the handlebars of his motorcycle the desert landscape tilting with perspective, the road blurred by speed. The picture sets the tone for what is a starkly beautiful coffee-table book.
Blubaugh grew up in Kansas, in love with art and motorcycles. He got his first motorcycle when he was twelve, financing the purchase by mowing lawns and cutting firewood. As an adult, he ended up on the West Coast working in the arts, specifically photography. Too Far Gone is his personal account of a cross-country journey taken on his hand-built motorbike, The Red Head, after his parents sudden death. The open road becomes a source of artistic inspiration, psychological freedom, and spiritual healing.

Blubaugh's lens gravitates not only toward landscapes and cityscapes but people. The characters of American motorcycle culture are captured in smiling portraits, nude portraits, and in unscripted moments of affection and tenderness. The plein-air aesthetic of the book demonstrates a natural talent for composition as well as an intuitive understanding of the relationship between people and the environment.

Interposed between photographs are letters and vignettes. The assorted texts accentuate the visual narrative with genuine insights. The best entries are lyrical in style and philosophic in scope. 'The truth is, the risk makes bikes worth riding' Blubaugh writes after a terrifying ride through a storm. 'The borders of our mortality have always been an alluring road to mankind, and we have yet to build a better vehicle to explore them.'

Too Far Gone unfolds with haunting beauty. It extends one man's journey of self-discovery across familiar and alien landscapes, finding rare human moments along the way. The book is also a significant record of contemporary motorcycle life in America. In exploring the dynamic intersection of art and travel, it adds a host of fresh perspectives to the revered mythology of the open road. ' --Foreword Reviews

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