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ZAMM Travel Route

June 1, 2004 Written by Charles Cook Pirsig and son on motorcycle

If you're reading a technical blog like this and were around in the 70s/80s, the chances are that you have read Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance. It was essential reading if you were a bit geeky, along with Gödel, Escher, Bach. The book is based on a motorcycle journey across the USA, from St. Paul, Minnesota, to the West Coast, and I occasionally would try to plot the route on a large scale map, dreaming that maybe one day I would retrace the journey on a motorcycle. So I was excited to come across Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance Travel Route which has full details of the route (via Dewayne and Shadow his Webdog). Even better, if you follow the links off this page you come to the ZMMQuality site which has a set of 12 photos from Pirsig's original trip in 1968.

Yes! These are the pictures taken on Robert Pirsig's very own camera as he, Chris, Sylvia, and John made that 1968 epic voyage upon which his book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (ZMM), was based. The captions for these twelve pictures were written by Pirsig himself. These 12 photos seem to be the only existing photos from that trip. Mr Pirsig said that if he had known his book was going be so famous, he would have taken more photographs. When you bring up the first photo in this Album, look closely at the reflection in the shiny gas tank. You can faintly discern the image of John holding the camera as he took that photo!