A Crossing: A Cyclist's Journey Home


A travelogue in the tradition of "Blue Highways" and "On the Road", this book tells the extraordinary story of one man's solo bicycle adventure across America--and the spiritual and personal awakening he experienced on his journey.
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A travelogue in the tradition of "Blue Highways" and "On the Road", this book tells the extraordinary story of one man's solo bicycle adventure across America--and the spiritual and personal awakening he experienced on his journey.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671568986
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 925,074
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008


    This was a good book that deals with alot of the mind issues that would cause someone to want to take an epic travel adventure. The author is very detailed in how he relates to the reader the issues that he was dealing with at home in addition to the daily survival situations of life that he dealt with as he crossed the USA. If I didn't know any better, one would think that this was a fictional novel of the highest caliber. It has all of the classical elements of a great fiction book 'sex conflict wacky friends laughter and sorrow'. I had to keep reminding myself that these events actually did occur. The most intersting part was the guy that he rode with in the mountains and the ongoing battle with his dad. I also really enjoyed the suprise turn of events that happened to the author very near the end of the account. I will not give it away, but it was a big suprise that just kinda jumped out at the author 'and the readers' without any warning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    Gripping and perspicacious

    Since I have always been drawn to this sort of American travel-for-the sake-of-the-journey saga and have with pleasure read On the Road, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Blue Highways, and the recently published A Walk in the Woods (about a trek along the Appalachian Trail with many resemblances to Newhouse's safari), I expected that Brian's would be interesting; but I couldn¿t have expected that it would be as earthy, as excruciatingly honest, and as well written as it is. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the book. There were many moving scenes in it, and there were also lots of funny ones. The funniest to me was the one on that windy farm in Gildford, Montana, where Brian got to stay in an old farmer's trailer ¿perched on skinny steel posts¿ and inside had to do a dance to keep his weight from throwing the damn thing off the horizontal. The most moving were his departures, first from his early traveling companion John, then from a woman named Nancy in Minot, and finally from his girlfriend back home in St. Paul. Brian's struggle with his dad was very compelling too; its interior landscape suggested a mountain he was clawing up rather than a hillside he could pedal easily up and down (as with John), a friendly stream whose call he was almost ready to answer (Nancy), or a cliff he clung to for a while and then was able to let go (girlfriend Karen). I was most touched by the book's central message: that obsessive religion is poison to our healthiest impulses. Paradoxically, Brian's minister-friend Andrew seemed to demonstrate better than anybody else how conducive religion can be to terrestrial happiness if put in the proper perspective.

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