Going Somewhere

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ISBN: 9781101634929
Release Date: 2014-06-24
Number of pages: 288
Author: Brian Benson
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Going Somewhere in PDF and EPUB Brian has a million vague life plans but zero sense of direction. So when he meets Rachel, a self-possessed woman who daydreams of bicycling across the States, he decides to follow her wherever she'll take him. Brian and Rachel soon embark on a ride from northern Wisconsin to Somewhere West, infatuated with the promise of adventure and each other. But as the pair progress from the Northwoods into the bleak western plains, they begin to discover the messy realities of life on the road. Mile by mile, they contend with merciless winds and brutal heat, broken bikes and bodies, each other and themselves—and the looming question of what comes next. Told in a voice "as hilarious as it is wise" (Cheryl Strayed), Going Somewhere is a candid tale of the struggle to move forward.

Going Somewhere

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ISBN: 0142180645
Release Date: 2014-06-24
Number of pages: 277
Author: Brian Benson
Publisher: Plume

Download and read online Going Somewhere in PDF and EPUB The author tells the story of a cross-country bicycle trip that he took with a new love and the challenges and curiosities they came across as they contemplated what came next. Original.

Life Is a Wheel

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ISBN: 9781451695038
Release Date: 2014-03-18
Number of pages: 352
Author: Bruce Weber
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Download and read online Life Is a Wheel in PDF and EPUB Life Is a Wheel chronicles the cross-country bicycle trip Bruce Weber made at the age of fifty-seven, an “entertaining travel story filled with insightful thoughts about life, family, and aging” (The Associated Press). During the summer and fall of 2011, Bruce Weber, an obituary writer for The New York Times, bicycled across the country, alone, and wrote about it as it unfolded. Life Is a Wheel is the witty, inspiring, and reflective diary of his journey, in which the challenges and rewards of self-reliance and strenuous physical effort yield wry and incisive observations about cycling and America, not to mention the pleasures of a three-thousand-calorie breakfast. The story begins on the Oregon coast, with Weber wondering what he’s gotten himself into, and ends in triumph on New York City’s George Washington Bridge. From Going-to-the-Sun Road in the northern Rockies to the headwaters of the Mississippi and through the cityscapes of Chicago and Pittsburgh, his encounters with people and places provide us with an intimate, two-wheeled perspective of America. And with thousands of miles to travel, Weber considers his past, his family, and the echo that a well-lived life leaves behind. Part travelogue, part memoir, part romance, part paean to the bicycle—and part bemused and panicky account of a middle-aged man’s attempt to stave off, well, you know—Life Is a Wheel is “a book for cyclists, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of such transcontinental travels. But it also should prove enlightening, soul-stirring, even, to those who don’t care a whit about bikes but who care about the way people connect” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Biking Across America

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ISBN: 9781441241801
Release Date: 2013-05-15
Number of pages: 224
Author: Paul Stutzman
Publisher: Baker Books

Download and read online Biking Across America in PDF and EPUB After Paul Stutzman finished hiking the Appalachian Trail, he found himself longing for another challenge, another adventure. Trading his hiking boots for a bicycle, Paul set off to discover more of America. Starting at Neah Bay, Washington, and ending at Key West, Florida, Paul traversed the 5,000-mile distance between the two farthest points in the contiguous United States. Along the way he encountered nearly every kind of terrain and weather the country had to offer--as well as hundreds of fascinating people whose stories readers will love. Through cold and heat, loneliness and exhaustion, abundance and kindness, Paul pedaled on. His reward--and the readers'--is a glimpse of a noble yet humble America that still exists and inspires. Anyone who longs for adventure, who loves travel and stories of travel, and who loves this place called America will enjoy this book.

Old Man on a Bicycle A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age

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ISBN: 1478722916
Release Date: 2014-06-10
Number of pages: 236
Author: Don Petterson

Download and read online Old Man on a Bicycle A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age in PDF and EPUB When Don Petterson, a former American ambassador, told family and friends he intended to ride a bicycle from New Hampshire to San Francisco, most of them questioned his judgment, if not his sanity. He was in his seventies, hadn't been on a bike for years, and had never ridden more than a few miles at a time. But, in May 2002, putting doubters-and self-doubt-behind him, Petterson headed west. Laboring against strong headwinds, struggling up steep hills, or coping with extreme weather, he sometimes wondered what in the world he was doing. But he kept going-the lure of riding his bike across the Golden Gate a compelling incentive. Ahead of him lay many challenges-among them, riding his loaded bike over the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, crossing the Great Plains in brutal summer heat, dealing with the aftermath of a collision with a car, and traversing Nevada's basin and range country and the Great Salt Lake's desert. His rewards included passing through spectacular mountain forests, experiencing the aching beauty of the lonely plains, and viewing the grandeur of the West's sculpted canyons and mesas. In Old Man on a Bicycle, the author relates how he prepared for the 3,600-mile journey and what he saw and did during the two months he was on the road. In addition he rebuts the misconception that aging means debilitating decline and, drawing on certain events of his ride, offers research-based advice on how to ease the physical aspects of aging. It's an inspirational account, emphasizing the importance of exercise to physical and mental well-being.

It s Not About The Bike

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ISBN: 9781448104987
Release Date: 2012-06-12
Number of pages: 320
Author: Lance Armstrong
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online It s Not About The Bike in PDF and EPUB "I want to die at a hundred years old after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour. I don't do anything slow, not even breathe. I do everything at a fast cadence: eat fast, sleep fast." At twenty four, Lance Armstrong was already well on his way to becoming a sporting legend. Then, in October 1996, he was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer. When lesions appeared on his brain and in his lungs, doctors gave him a 40% chance of survival. On that day Armstrong's life changed forever and in typical fashion he met the challenge head on - this was one fight he was determined not to lose. As he battled against the cancer invading his body and the chemotherapy that threatened to sap his soul, a tremendous sense of commitment emerged, to his training and to the people around him who never gave up on him. Just sixteen months after he was discharged from hospital, Armstrong entered the Tour de France, a race famed for its gruelling intensity, and won, in the fastest ever time. Just a few months after that, he became a father. It's Not About the Bike is the story of one man's inspirational battle against the odds, charting his progress through triumph, tragedy and transformation. This is an awe-inspiring tale of immense courage and will.

The Oregon Trail

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ISBN: 9781451659184
Release Date: 2015-06-30
Number of pages: 464
Author: Rinker Buck
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Download and read online The Oregon Trail in PDF and EPUB #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • #1 Indie Next Pick • Winner of the PEN New England Award “Enchanting…A book filled with so much love…Long before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon.” —The Wall Street Journal “Amazing…A real nonfiction thriller.” —Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books “Absorbing…Winning…The many layers in The Oregon Trail are linked by Mr. Buck’s voice, which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson’s comic tone in A Walk in the Woods.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times A major bestseller that has been hailed as a “quintessential American story” (Christian Science Monitor), Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules—that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. Simultaneously a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, Buck’s chronicle is a “laugh-out-loud masterpiece” (Willamette Week) that “so ensnares the emotions it becomes a tear-jerker at its close” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and “will leave you daydreaming and hungry to see this land” (The Boston Globe).

Eat Sleep Ride

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ISBN: 9781553658184
Release Date: 2011
Number of pages: 256
Author: Paul Howard
Publisher: Greystone Books

Download and read online Eat Sleep Ride in PDF and EPUB For a man who has ridden the entire Tour de France route during the race itself - setting off at 4 a.m. each day to avoid being caught by the pros - riding a small mountain-bike race far removed from cycling's European heartland should hold no fear. But, although there may only be a dozen or so participants, this isn't just any mountain-bike race. This is the Tour Divide. Running from Banff in Canada to the Mexican border, the Tour Divide is, at more than 2,700 miles, the longest mountain-bike race in the world. Not only is it 500 miles farther than the Tour de France, its route along the cont.

Lois on the Loose

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ISBN: 9781409065562
Release Date: 2009-07-28
Number of pages: 368
Author: Lois Pryce
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online Lois on the Loose in PDF and EPUB Young and beautiful, Lois Pryce was a rising star at the BBC. Unbeknownst to her co-workers, Lois lived a parallel life as a biker babe with an overwhelming sense of wanderlust. So she packed in her career to ride her motorcycle on her own from the northernmost tip of Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America. Alone. Armed only with the Spanish words for 'caution' and 'cheese', Lois was rather under-prepared for multiple bear sightings, bribing her way through borders, spending a night in a Mexican brothel and crashing her bike in the wilds of Patagonia. She most certainly got the adventure she craved, and her pulse-pounding, soul-searching adventure has already attracted fans worldwide - a weblog that she kept whilst on her travels was receiving more than two-thousand hits a day. Her hilarious, brilliantly written travelog will appeal to anyone who's ever dreamt of jacking-it-all-in and running away to see the world.

A Walk Across America

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ISBN: 9780060959555
Release Date: 2001-09-18
Number of pages: 320
Author: Peter Jenkins
Publisher: Harper Collins

Download and read online A Walk Across America in PDF and EPUB Twenty-five years ago, a disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America. This is the book he wrote about that journey -- a classic account of the reawakening of his faith in himself and his country. "I started out searching for myself and my country," Peter Jenkins writes, "and found both." In this timeless classic, Jenkins describes how disillusionment with society in the 1970s drove him out onto the road on a walk across America. His experiences remain as sharp and telling today as they were twenty-five years ago -- from the timeless secrets of life, learned from a mountain-dwelling hermit, to the stir he caused by staying with a black family in North Carolina, to his hours of intense labor in Southern mills. Many, many miles later, he learned lessons about his country and himself that resonate to this day -- and will inspire a new generation to get out, hit the road and explore.

The Kindness of Strangers

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ISBN: UOM:39015040644190
Release Date: 1996
Number of pages: 246
Author: Mike McIntyre
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Download and read online The Kindness of Strangers in PDF and EPUB A former columnist for The Washington Post describes his coast to coast walk, from San Francisco to Cape Fear, with no money or plans, depending only on the kindness of the people he encountered along the way. Original.

Shore to Shore A Father and Son Journey Across America

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ISBN: 9781430317586
Release Date: 2008-03-01
Number of pages: 284
Author: David C. Winyard Sr
Publisher: Lulu.com

Download and read online Shore to Shore A Father and Son Journey Across America in PDF and EPUB As a young man, David Winyard rode his bicycle from Oregon to Delaware with Wandering Wheels, an Indiana-based cycling organization. The experience was so fulfilling that he repeated the trip a few years later on a tandem bicycle with his wife Traci. In 2002, after years of preparation, Winyard set out on the same bike to duplicate his youthful experience with his oldest child, David Charles, then fourteen. At age 45, Winyard found the trip to be a much greater challenge than expected. The result, SHORE TO SHORE: A Father-and-Son Journey Across America, describes their adventure, including the surprising lessons learned before, during, and after their trip.

Bicycling Home

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ISBN: 9781611392890
Release Date: 2014-11-03
Number of pages: 244
Author: Virginia Mudd
Publisher: Sunstone Press

Download and read online Bicycling Home in PDF and EPUB Desperate to be free of a terrifying food addiction and driven by a terrible longing to find God, whomever and whatever that meant, Virginia began a ten-year journey that covered more than 10,000 miles by bicycle and countless inner miles of self-discovery and transformation. Her search takes her from a well-ordered, happy married life into divorce, chaos, confusion and despair—and ultimately to the unexpected and profound answer to her quest. This story follows a modern-day seeker as she bicycles her way—alone on back roads and in long distance races—all the way home, where she finds herself as she finds the God she is seeking.

Sons of Thunder

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ISBN: 9781780573687
Release Date: 2012-07-05
Number of pages: 272
Author: Neil Bradford
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online Sons of Thunder in PDF and EPUB ‘A fool couldn’t ride the Vincent Black Shadow more than once, but a fool can ride a Ducati 900 many times, and it will always be a bloodcurdling kind of fun. That is the Curse of Speed which has plagued me all my life. I am a slave to it. On my tombstone they will carve, IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.’ – Hunter S. Thompson Sons of Thunder, Neil Bradford’s exhilaratingly high-octane collection of motorcycle writing, makes a persuasive case for the unique excitement and emotional experience offered by one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Featuring full-throttle tales by T.E. Lawrence, Roald Dahl, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Robert Hughes and many others, and ranging from Hunter S. Thompson’s rip-roaring prose to lyrical contributions from Ted Hughes, Thom Gunn and Robert Pirsig, the groundbreaking Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author, Sons of Thunder is a thrilling tribute to the pleasures and perils of riding this awesome machine.

The Quest

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ISBN: 1462821278
Release Date: 2010-06-30
Number of pages: 84
Author: Tom Salinsky
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

Download and read online The Quest in PDF and EPUB The Quest: A Bike Adventure Across America was written during a 47 day solo bicycle trek from Carlsbad, California to Cape May, New Jersey. This book takes you on the day to day journey as it was captured on the pages of a personal journal during the cyclist’s bike ride across the United States of America. The entries are updated with vivid “side note” descriptions and afterthoughts to help you fully understand the context of the experience. The Quest: A Bike Adventure Across America captures the essence of adventure, overcoming adversity, and reveals some interesting insights into people, life, nature, and faith. If you ever wanted to taste the trials and tribulation of a challenging adventure this day to day record of a solo cross country bike trip is a must read.