Pancho Villa's Motorcycle

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Traveling Medicine Show

About The Author

by Jesse Wolf Hardin

107 True Life Essays & Tales 261 pages 6x9 B&W - 76 Illustrations - $19.99

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or order directly from the author, make out a $20 check to "Shannon Bell"
and send to PO Box 688 Reserve, NM 87830


“The passion and fun of living the Wild West lifestyle oozes off of every page. Here’s to a pard who describes his passion as ‘a glad ache for the frontier past’… Amen, etc.”

-Bob Boze Bell, True West Magazine (Old Guns & Whispering Ghosts)



Nearly 300 pages long, this book provides a healthy balance of unusual insight & Old West history, natural history & controversy, sassy commentary & sweet sentimentality, good humor & bad attitude, packed with ideas sure to awaken you to the depths & the dance of life. Author Hardin’s stories not only tell us about the way things used to be, but how they can be... a clarion call for us to live more awakened and meaningful, responsible and purposeful, adventurous and satisfying lives.



Review of Pancho Villa’s Motorcycle

by Becca McTrauchle

Pancho Villa’s Motorcycle is a unique collection of 107 thoughtful, humorous, colorful, inspiring, and attitude-filled essays describing the more fascinating experiences and perspectives of the rural West... leading to insights for even the most urban reader about our difficult modern times and the fullest living of life. Author Hardin draws from over 35 years of astute observation and reflection, rooted as he is in the backcountry of the incomparable American Southwest.

From the Foreword: “Deep in the mountains of southern New Mexico lies the self proclaimed “sovereign county” of Catron, one of the largest and least developed counties in the entire country, and a place with far more elk than people. It seems to exist in its own time zone, at the frontier edge between a moseying past and rushing future, present reality and infinite imagination – a community in open resistance to both the dictates of the federal government and the boring normalcy and conformity of our times.”

Hardin arrived as a young man in the 70s, a “philosophic, nature loving, outlaw-biker scribe”searching for the Wild West of his childhood movies and books, a place that would be as authentic and interesting as the suburbs seemed artificial and generic. And he needed look no further than the opinionated, strong willed, old-time community of Catron nestled in the Gila wildlands, and his riverside homesite seven river crossings from the nearest pavement.


CarCowboyIn Pancho Villa’s Motorcycle he brings to life for you “the fast disappearing world of small towns and uncluttered vistas, of knowing humor and countryfied wisdom, and a more authentic and enjoyable way of living. Herein you’ll find a world of wild animals in the kitchen and wild-foods gathering, unbroken spirits and unbroken horses, lives vigorously lived and promises kept, cowboy hats and ‘thank you ma’ms,’ a backwoods view of politics and a nontypical, backwards glance at authentic Western history.” Chapters cover “the problem with authority and the absurdity of airline safety manuals, the ramifications of Pancho Villa’s Indian brand motorcycle, and the importance of really paying attention whenever tasting your biscuit and jam. The value of authenticity and resistance, country dialects and the honoring of tradition, the real meaning of the word“wild”... and taking time to look at the world through the eyes of a child. Curious true stories about eating packrats, pondering the significance of bear poo, how to alienate vegan pacifist guests, and many other eruptions and realizations of a backwoods life.”

CanyonFor the residents of the rural West, reading Pancho Villa’s Motorcycle must feel like a homecoming, or pulling up a chair in the general store to hear a well told tale. But for city folk like me, it feels like being transported to a strange and wonderful place, timeless, stunningly primal, filled with curious sights and a chance for real adventures for anyone with the spunk and followthrough. In the course of learning about the history and ways of this unique place and its residents, I learned a lot about myself and what I really want out of my life, developing some of that strong will that that seems to sustain those people insistent on living a free, exciting, genuinely Wild West existence in these trying futuristic times.

Click Here To Purchase

or order directly from the author, make out a $20 check to "Shannon Bell"
and send to
Jess Hardin
PO Box 688
Reserve, NM 87830