OAKHURST – Many fantasize about riding a motorcycle across the great North American Continent but few actually get to do it.
Branches Books and Gifts invites the community to an appearance and book signing on Friday, Mar. 21 at 6 p.m., by author Bill Schoettler, who penned “Alaska and Back on a BMW 1600.”
It’s the story of two unlikely adventurers who decided to live their dreams. Bill, a seventy-five-year-old retired judge who had been riding for three years, and Clif, a thirty-six-year-old musical and math prodigy who had never ridden in his entire life, rode their bikes from Los Angeles to Fairbanks, Alaska.
From breathtaking landscapes to near-death riding experiences, Clif and Bill experience the open road of the western United States, Canada, and beautiful Alaska, and back through Yellowstone National Park.
Join the folks at Branches Books this evening, as Bill Schoettler gives a brief speech about long-distance motorcycle trips, what to take and how to plan. He will have some hand-outs with equipment lists and suggestions. He’ll also have copies of his book, “Alaska and Back on a BMW 1600,” available for purchase and signing.
Bill Schoettler is a retired judge from Los Angeles, who began riding after semi-retiring from a legal career that spanned almost fifty years. Bill was a civil trial attorney for twenty-three years before his appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court. He holds a commercial pilots licence, has been a big game and bird hunter, a miner, ski instructor, welder, carpenter, mason, and has jumped out of an airplane with a parachute and sailed a boat on Lake Hakone in Japan.
Bill has been a playwright, editor, and lecturer, taught law at the University of Montevideo Law School in Uruguay, been on the Fulbright Commission and has heard over 12,000 litigation cases as a professional mediator and arbitrator.