A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas

A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas Author George J. Hawkins
ISBN-10 9780595132386
Release 2000-10-01
Pages 424
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Remember when you were a kid and you got your first bicycle? After a few weeks of mastering the dynamics of balancing, steering, and pedaling, all at the same time hopefully, your father released his protective, steadying grip on the seat and you went wobbling off on your own. It was probably your very first taste of independence and freedom and you knew you liked that feeling very much. Few things in life have ever compared to that first solo ride. Almost 40 years after my first solo bike ride, I was able to recapture the excitement and passion of that momentous occasion when I pedaled out of Anchorage, Alaska bound for Tierra del Fuego-the very tip of South America. No matter that it was 17,500 miles distant and would take 3½ years to get there I vowed I would achieve that goal if it took the rest of my life.



Riding the Great Beyond

Riding the Great Beyond Author Bob Stanley
ISBN-10 1925477606
Release 2016
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Bob ('Buff3y') Stanley escapes the office in July 2011 to bicycle out of Deadhorse in far northern Alaska in order to travel southwards as far and the road will go. This ride will eventually cover two continents ending in Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina.This story of the eighteen-month 28,000 kilometre bicycle journey covers every latitude from the top to the bottom of the magnificent Americas and describes all of the joys, pains and challenges of the road, and the penning of a few highly questionable songs along the way. It is a celebration of freedom and of the pure joy of engaging with the world from the privileged vantage point of the bicycle.



Crossing America for a Cure

Crossing America for a Cure Author Al DeCesaris
ISBN-10 0692284303
Release 2014-09-02
Pages 228
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IN EACH OF US IS THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! In September of 2013, cycling novice Al DeCesaris set out on a solo cross-country bicycle journey in honor of his 9-year-old niece Jenna, who was born with a rare neurological disorder called Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Despite great adversity and arduous challenges, with the support and encouragement of friends new and old, this seemingly ordinary man biked over 3,000 miles from Santa Monica, California to Ocean City, Maryland. And, in doing so, created awareness about Sturge-Weber Syndrome across the country, raised funds to further the efforts to find a cure, inspired numerous individuals to join the fight, and brought hope to Jenna and countless others suffering with this devastating disorder. Experience his bicycle journey of inspiration and hope from its unassuming start in Santa Monica, California to its momentous conclusion, 3,088 miles and 45 days later, in Ocean City, Maryland. Profits from the sale of this book support Sturge-Weber Syndrome research. To learn more about the cause and to help further the efforts to find a cure, please visit www.crossingamericaforacure.com.



Bicycle Across America

Bicycle Across America Author Barbara Siegert
ISBN-10 0963707728
Release 1996
Pages 208
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Bicycle Across America chronicles five trans-America tours, provides route notes and maps, and offers suggestions on what to see and expect along the way.



South American Explorer

South American Explorer Author
ISBN-10 UIUC:30112083178415
Release 2005
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South American Explorer has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from South American Explorer also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full South American Explorer book for free.



Life Is a Wheel

Life Is a Wheel Author Bruce Weber
ISBN-10 9781451695038
Release 2014-03-18
Pages 352
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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).



Pilgrim Wheels

Pilgrim Wheels Author Neil Hanson
ISBN-10 0982639120
Release 2015-03-01
Pages 210
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In 2011, at 57 years old, Neil Hanson began a 3400-mile cross-country bicycle journey, exploring an America that can only be discovered on winding backroads from the saddle of a bicycle.More than just a travelogue of a bike ride across the country, Hanson's delightful and beautifully written story takes the reader on a journey that is engaging and insightful, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always inspiring. It's a must-read adventure that will stir your soul.



Across America on the Yellow Brick Road

Across America on the Yellow Brick Road Author Virginia Mudd
ISBN-10 9781611393569
Release 2015-03-10
Pages 152
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Imagine reading a “Cycling Companion Wanted” ad in a bicycling newsletter for a cross-America bike trip, answering it, and setting off two months later with a woman you just met for a 3,500-mile, 60-day journey from California to Washington, DC. Taken from Virginia’s journal this tells the story of two twenty-nine year old adventurers who fulfill a common dream. She recalls exhilarating roads and landscapes, tedious miles, peaceful times, scary experiences, personal struggles, wonderful encounters with people, and the unfolding of a journey of a lifetime.



Circle to Circle

Circle to Circle Author Shirley Hardy-Rix
ISBN-10 9781742983707
Release 2013-10-01
Pages 352
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Plenty of retirees take a holiday. When Brian Rix retired after 36 years as a policeman in Victoria rather than hitching up the caravan, he put his wife, journalist Shirley Hardy-Rix, on the back of his motorcycle and headed off for a ride. For the next 16 months Brian and Shirley rode more than 83,000 kilometres through 32 countries on five continents with side trips to Antarctica and Galapagos Islands. They rode from the bottom of South America to the very top of North America. They rode over the Andes, sometimes more than 5,000 metres high. They rode through deserts, the tropics and up to Alaska. They had a catastrophic breakdown in the heart of bear country and suffered altitude sickness. The motorcycle didn't make it to Antarctica but they did - taking them from Antarctica Circle to the Arctic Circle... and then a bit more. Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout, Circle to Circle is an engaging account of the travels of an adventurous couple. It will entertain you in your armchair, or it may even inspire you to get up and go! Praise for Brian & Shirley's previous book, Two for the Road Makes you want to get up and go. Australian Women's Weekly Few books are as inspirational as that just written by Melbourne journalist Shirley Hardy-Rix and her policeman husband Brian Rix. Herald Sun For bikers and those with itchy feet. Sunday Age The inspiring story of two middle-aged adventurers. Manly Daily A great read for anyone with a yearning for the open road and exotic climes. West Australian A must-read for adventurous hearts. Canberra Times For anyone who's ever dreamed of escaping and experiencing the romance of the open road. Inverell Times This book might tip undecided travellers over the edge - no bad thing. Two Wheels



The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail Author Rinker Buck
ISBN-10 9781451659160
Release 2015-06-30
Pages 464
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In the bestselling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: 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—which hasn't been done in a century—that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning 2,000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate West—historians still regard this as the largest land migration of all time—the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. The New Yorker described his first travel narrative,Flight of Passage, as “a funny, cocky gem of a book,” and with The Oregon Trailhe seeks to bring the most important road in American history back to life. At once a majestic American journey, a significant work of history, and a personal saga reminiscent of bestsellers by Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed, the book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains with tremendous humor and heart. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an “incurably filthy” Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, Buck dodges thunderstorms in Nebraska, chases his runaway mules across miles of Wyoming plains, scouts more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, crosses the Rockies, makes desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water, and repairs so many broken wheels and axels that he nearly reinvents the art of wagon travel itself. Apart from charting his own geographical and emotional adventure, Buck introduces readers to the evangelists, shysters, natives, trailblazers, and everyday dreamers who were among the first of the pioneers to make the journey west. With a rare narrative power, a refreshing candor about his own weakness and mistakes, and an extremely attractive obsession for history and travel,The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime.



Biking Across America

Biking Across America Author Paul Stutzman
ISBN-10 9781441241801
Release 2013-05-15
Pages 224
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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.



The Man Who Cycled the Americas

The Man Who Cycled the Americas Author Mark Beaumont
ISBN-10 9781409045083
Release 2011-05-12
Pages 464
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In 2008, Mark Beaumont smashed the world record for cycling around the world, by an astonishing 81 days. His race against the clock took him through the toughest terrain and the most demanding of conditions. In 2009, Mark set out on his second ultra-endurance challenge. And this one would involve some very big mountains. The Man Who Cycled the Americas tells the story of a 15,000 mile expedition that once again broke the barriers of human achievement. To pedal the longest mountain range on the planet, solo and unsupported, presented its own unique difficulties. But no man had ever previously summited the continents' two highest peaks, Mt McKinley in Alaska and Aconcagua in Argentina, in the same climbing season, let alone cycling between them. Oh, and Mark had never even been up Ben Nevis before. Full of his trademark charm, warmth and fascination with seeing the world at the pace of a bicycle, Mark Beaumont's second book is a testament to his love of adventure, his joy of taking on tough mental and physical feats, and offers a thrilling trip through the diverse cultures of the Americas.



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

Old Man on a Bicycle  A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age Author Don Petterson
ISBN-10 1478722916
Release 2014-06-10
Pages 236
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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.



The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries Author Ernesto Guevara
ISBN-10 9780007172337
Release 2004
Pages 160
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Che Guevara, revolutionary guerilla, became an international icon for generations of radicals. Three years before his fateful meeting with Fidel Castro, he set out on his motorcycle on an eight-month voyage of discovery around Latin America. This title presents his diaries of that time.



JOURNEY

JOURNEY Author JAMES VESELY
ISBN-10 9781469737829
Release 2003-09-28
Pages 336
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The sprawling story of a Czech-American family's determined struggle and unforgettable odyssey from the hunger and hardship of Eastern Europe, across the cold and gray Atlantic in steerage, and on into America's growing cities and isolated farms. The Novaks survive and grow through love and loss, peace and war, epidemic and Depression, in a wondrous new land far from home a young and raw America immersed in the restless throes of change. JOURNEY is a great, new family saga of turmoil, heartbreak, and humor with characters as vivid and colorful as the rich American landscape of the last hundred years.



After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush Author John Stuart Clark
ISBN-10 0907123406
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 395
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In 1849, several hundred thousand Europeans and Americans trekked across the country for the gold fields of California - the Gold Rush being a defining moment in this country's short (European) history. John Clark followed the same historic roads and trails, retracing that journey through history. His travels took him through violent ghettos and even more violent hurricanes, desert sandstorms and blazing heat - cycling in areas where no sane person would choose to cycle. Along the way, Clark meets crazed war veterans, failing farmers, unemployed Mexican migrants, the washed up and those left over from the American Dream, which the Gold Rush had done so much to form. His journey also takes him through the wildest, the most beautiful and remotest parts of America. Part travelogue, part political history, all incredibly well-written.



Lois on the Loose

Lois on the Loose Author Lois Pryce
ISBN-10 9781409065562
Release 2009-07-28
Pages 368
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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.