Francis Hicks grew up in a dubious neighborhood in Milwaukee where he got to play drums in a rock and roll band. He took up writing as a way to meet women and ended up writing a novel, The Long Ride. Now living in San Antonio, TX, he has been a successful salesman, house flipper and occasional poet.
About The Long Ride: Learning About Life From An Outlaw Biker:
Hapless Nate Hester yearns for the safety and affection of a group. He sets off on a hitchhiking trip to escape bad parenting and the Vietnam draft.
Nate soon longs to be off the road. A drug dealer befriends him and introduces him to the Hells Angels. The Angels introduce him to the wonders of drug use and free sex, but the effects wane, and Nate leaps from mania to depression.
He accidentally shoots and kills a man. Guilt and fear of arrest overtake Nate's thinking. Relief comes only from intoxication. He discovers heroin and plummets, narrowly escaping death, but is rescued from his addiction only to continue dealing drugs.
"A grim, competent tale that memorably depicts a world of crime." -Kirkus Reviews
Nate, a naive, eighteen-year-old misfit, sets off on a hitchhiking trip to escape bad parenting and the Vietnam draft. He yearns for the acceptance and safety of a tribe and finds them both in Cleveland's branch of the Hell's Angels. But they come at a price.