An accomplished, aging man is preparing for yet another dream—to conduct the first known bicycle-book tour (which will require peddling both miles and books.) Who will believe 2,500 miles is possible for a man with gravely serious medical issues—at age sixty-five? Witnessing the lifetime spiritual journey of Vinny Pirelli, starting at age six with his very first bicycle, you track his development of being the only boy among many siblings, through growing pains of adolescence and teen years. He struggles with, and represses homosexual tendencies, putting his emotions into bicycling and writing songs. As a young adult, Vinny proves successful at whatever he attempts—even in building a family with the first girl he had sexual feelings for. As a ten-year Army leader, he learns hard lessons of losing friendships, love and trust, with the ultimate betrayal of his own father.
Starting over, Vinny works his way from bussing tables to operating a string of restaurants across New York State. Everything he attempts turns to gold, but it brings him no satisfaction. He pines away; missing the Army boy he fell in love with, never touching him, or telling a soul. He gives up church, bicycling, and his guitar to focus on providing well for his family. In time, he comes to grips with the gay issue, deciding after nearly twenty years of marriage to break free. In the process, his life, as he knew it, is dismantled, piece by piece, losing his family, security and self-esteem. While looking for love in the forbidden gay world, Vinny became infected with HIV, before viable drugs and hope. Read more