BEYOND THE BYPASS – to every state in America by Mavis Gore
Travelling through every state in the USA is something few people will ever
achieve, even those residing in that country, and certainly not in the style of
Mavis Gore and her husband Jeff.
After Jeff had a quadruple heart bypass, following which most would succumb to a
peaceful early retirement, the couple instead decided to repeat a journey
across Canada which they had taken in the early years of their marriage; but
this time in a hired motor-home. However, they had not anticipated the return
trip through the northern states of the USA would start them on a seven-year
exploration of all the 48 lower states, together with
‘Harvi’ the second-hand motorhome they purchased.
Told with good humour and honesty the book recalls their experiences during
their travels, vividly capturing the incredible variety of scenery and weather
throughout the immense country of America, while also conveying the warmth and
friendliness of the American people in every state.
This is the real America, not the USA via Hollywood and TV. It is an America
hidden from most of us, ready to unfold as we travel with Mavis and Jeff on a
road-trip which eventually includes visits to the two final states and then the
couple travelling in New York State on that fateful day of September 11th 2001,
with a poignantly descriptive account of the aftermath following the attack on
the World Trade Buildings.
The personal interaction between Mavis and Jeff on their travels conveys warm
humour (with just occasional agitation!) but most importantly and decisively it
reflects a great upbeat and defiant attitude to life in general.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mavis Gore subsequently moved to London before living
in Canada as a newly-wed in the late 1950s; an experience which led to her
first book titled
Where There’s a Will.
Once back in England, with four children all at school, she studied for and
Degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, becoming a teacher working in secondary and further education.
She has travelled extensively in Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia, and has interests other than writing which are as varied as camping in the great outdoors to visiting famous museums, galleries
and buildings in big cities.