Bonneville Go or Bust

Rated 4.96 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(23 customer reviews)


non-fiction adventure travel – 452 pages with photographs

Are we able to achieve something in life we dream about but know is almost impossible?  She had nothing. No money.  No time.  No motorbike.  No experience for such a mammoth trip.

An amazing and very different road trip across the American Continent during the hottest summer on record while attempting to cover almost 10,000 km on a classic motorbike using just maps and no support.

From the outset to the end of this escapade, it’s always going to be a question of ‘Go or Bust’ on whether she’ll ever succeed or even finish the journey with the most unexpected obstacles, dangers. and surprises that come her way.

An inspiring and motivational story written with passion to succeed against all odds.

SKU: USA – ISBN 978-1-8906230-43-2 Category:


non-fiction adventure travel – 452 pages with photographs



23 reviews for Bonneville Go or Bust

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jess Hartley

    Bonneville Go Or Bust is absolutely fabulous i love it so much it is so inspiring 🙂

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    John Brown

    Hey Zoe

    I really enjoyed reading your book while chilling out in kefalonia two weeks ago…part of my “avoid getting too sunburnt strategy”. I picked it up from the book pile in my hotel lounge and was so pleased to find something to read that was right up my street.

    It reminded me so much of my “Easy Rider inspired” 3,416.2 km road trip as a naive 18 year old dude in 1972, from Perth, Western Australia to Melbourne on a Triumph Thunderbird (ex police bike that I bought and chopperised)
    The main difference with your trip and mine was that I didn’t plan anything…….no tools, no water, no map checks and for at least 300 miles…….no tarmac road! The only thing that went wrong was a failed alternator and the front mudguard falling off…….no bad eh…..I must have been lucky and should have recorded all the crazy experiences

    So back to your book and the acid test……..would I buy it, yes, would I recommend people to buy it, yes, it has certainly hit the spot and reconnected my passion for motorcycles and road trips

    All the very best

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Derek Manders

    Hi Zoe,

    I bought a copy of Bonneville Go or Bust from you at Stanford Hall last Sunday,

    (we had a brief chat about Peggy Iris Thomas’s book Gasoline Gypsy).

    I intended to keep the book to read whilst on holiday in a couple of weeks time but made the mistake of starting it yesterday. I cant put it down!

    Absolutely brilliant, a female Bill Bryson with a motorbike.

    I am about halfway through now so thought that I ought to order the second book (of hopefully many) to take on holiday, if I can resist starting it before I go.

    Keep up the good work & best wishes to you for future adventures.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Derek Manders

    Hi Zoe, me again. Finished the book yesterday having spent one of the hottest days of the year reading. By the time I had finished it I was absolutely tired out, & I was only READING about your exploits! Quite how you did the mileage that you did in those temperatures is quite amazing.
    I have read captivating books before, but nothing like this. Truly superb! 450 pages read in just over two days. Its a good job that I am retired otherwise I would have had to have a sickie day to finish the book as I just couldn’t put it down.
    Having been impressed with the way that the Bonneville coped with your trip I now find myself (with my 65th birthday on the horizon) on the internet looking at second hand low mileage T100 Bonneville’s.
    Zoe Cano, what have you done! Thank you so much. Hopefully the postman will be here soon with my copy of “Southern Escapades”.
    Derek Manders LINCOLN UK

    • ZoeCano

      Thank you so much for such a heart warming note of praise – it warms the cockles of the heart! Your book has been posted. Let me know when you receive it. Kindest regards and good luck with the purchase of the T100 🙂 Zoe

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Malc Minney

    Just finished reading ‘Go Or Bust’,and wow what a read five stars for the book and 5 stars for Zoe for giving us such a spellbinding read.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Åsa Öhqvist

    Hi Zoe, this summer I managed to fit your book in my panniers and I have been reading it in my tent, all the way from England to the WIMA rally in Hungary and up to my parents in Sweden, finished it last night. You signed it for me over a year ago and I have felt ashamed every time I’ve seen you, because I had not read it. My excuse is that I have been a full time student so there’s been little time for leisure reading. I enjoyed your book a lot, it was also interesting in contrast, travelling six weeks in USA one country one language one currency and in Europe,10 countries, 8 languages and 6 currencies… I have never wanted to go to USA but your passion for the country and its culture made the book truly enjoyable! Hopefully I can take on your next book soon! Best wishes and I hope to see you soon!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daz Eaton

    Hi, I’m Daz and I spoke to you and bought your book at the Aberdare Races.
    It’s a truly inspirational account of your adventures and can’t stop reading. Just had to share it with you. Good luck on your next trip which I’m sure you’re already planning? I’m hoping to go further than France next year and possibly make my way to the Ducati weekend in Italy on my Kawasaki!!!!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jez Hastings

    Hi Zoë, I bought this book at Jacks Hill Ton Up Day and read it by the pool and beach in Cyprus.
    One of the most enjoyable, riveting books I have read.
    I could sympathise with you about the heat as I rode same areas a few years ago, and could relate to great people you meet travelling solo.
    All in all a smile inducing, inspiring read, looking forward to reading the second book.
    Bonne chance, Jez Hastings

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma Lampka

    Hi Zoe, having been laid up with a bad back, I picked up Go or Bust a couple of days ago and have enjoyed travelling across America with you not wanting to put the book down, to see what the next exciting installment had for you. I have been to some of the places you describe but there are, now, a few additions to my bucket list. Beautifully written, it’s been a great read. I’d better get into your southern escapades now ?

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen Platt

    Saturday 13th August at The Bull Dog Bash, will stand out in my memory. Not just because of the Party and Great Weather, but as the day I met Zoe. An absolute inspiration to anyone who believes in Adventure.The book I can’t put down,is the Best way to describe it.Thank You so much Zoe,keep those wheels turning and Take Care…Steve.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary Millar

    Bought “Bonneville Go or Bust” at the Bulldog Bash – read it through the night! Sorry I didn’t buy both but wasn’t sure you’d accept my foreign money ??! Thanks so much for the inspirational book and the What a Guy autograph!! Piqued my wife’s interest!! Travelled some of the roads you describe so vividly, but feel like I really missed out on some of the quirky places you discovered … I’ll just have to go back and do it again (on a 1987 Harley bobber!)

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie Frohawk

    Absolutely brilliant read! Couldn’t put it down ! Now reading Zoe’s second book !

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Sawyer (verified owner)

    What a great read, I loved it.
    You don’t need to ride a bike to get a lot out of this book.
    Dreams are out there to be made & owned, does not matter what they are, this book provides a great and warm illustration of how it can be done.
    It’s all out there!!
    As a fellow Bonnie owner / rider, am so inspired, every bimble now needs to be an adventure!
    Keep on riding and writing Zoe. Thank you!!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve mays

    Zoe thanks for talking me into buying your book at the Bulldog bash , I feel like I know you now , what a fantastic read did not want to put the book down often reading until I fell asleep . What a fantastic adventure and life experience. Can’t wait to read your next book . Good luck with your future travels keep writing xx

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Samantha Ludwick

    After reading this amazing and inspirational book, which you just cannot put down ! Every chapter I couldn’t wait read, extremely detailed and you are just with Zoe on her adventure with her beloved motor . I found myself lost and dare I say it tasting, smelling and feeling every move on the roads traveled upon, a very strong and gutsy lady is Zoe , with a heart for the open road to adventure and a passion for writing her amazing adventure , keep on going keep on writing as it gives inspirational guidance on a journey to begin 🙂 x

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Charlton

    Another thumbs up here! A great read, bought my copy from Zoe when she was at the Ace Cafe Overland weekend. I took it with me on a recent business trip to the US, and it kept me suitably entertained on the flights. I also found it a nice change to have a ‘real’ (as opposed to virtual) book to read.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    What a great read! …. I liked it all the more for being a quite gentle and almost relaxing journey through some of the lesser known parts of the USA. In fact, the book proved to be a great inspiration for finding some of the places Zoe visited for myself – thank you Zoe! That aside its been an inspirational read, and makes me think about how I can do something similar, meeting so many interesting people along the way.

    Highly recommended!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian (verified owner)

    Personally I think it’s one of the best books I’ve read of this type, watch out Bill Bryson, Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline Doveze

    This was such a great book! 🙂 I had the feeling I was there travelling with Zoe, the entire time. I highly recommend it.

    Thank you Zoe! 🙂

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Micheal Langridge

    I love this book and the story you tell of your trip..I have read it three times and find I can’t stop reading it every time I’ve started !!! A great book…

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mick Campbell (verified owner)

    Wow, Zoe! I have just parked the book Bonneville Go or Bust, I’m exhausted. What a cracking read about your mammoth trip. I loved every minute of it.
    I must confess your descriptions of the locations you visited required frequent pauses to Google and savor what you so eloquently had described.
    Also, those incidents you had that all bikers can relate to i.e. looking for a gas station, inadvertently touch the bumper of a vehicle in front and ending up in a heap in the road getting lost and so much more.
    I loved the titbits of old and more recent history, most of which I was unaware of. What a brave and justifiable admired lady you are, long may you continue. As soon as I get my breath back I’ll be saddling up for Southern Escapades. Thanks once again for a great and inspiring read. When I met you I said I didn’t know of you, well that’s certainly changed now.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Waters

    Absolutely amazing book! It’s been years since I’ve read a book I couldn’t put down and this book I certainly couldn’t tear myself away from!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neil Dearman

    I briefly met you on your stand at the Copdock motorbike show a couple of weeks back and was intrigued by your story of travel and adventure.
    I’ve just finished Go or Bust and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found myself sitting in front of google maps during each chapter just tracing the particular days riding. That journey sounded incredible, truly inspiring and definitely something for my bucket list that’s for sure.
    Anyway, just about to order the next one, already looking forward to it.

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