Bicycling beyond the Divide [NOOK Book]

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On a journey begun twenty years earlier, Daryl Farmer, a twenty-year-old two-time college dropout, did what lost men have so often done in this country: he headed west. Twenty years later and seventy pounds heavier, with the yellowing journals from that transformative five-thousand-mile bicycle trek in his pack, Farmer set out to retrace his path. This is his story of pursuing that distant summer and that distant dream of home, where home is ...
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Bicycling beyond the Divide

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Overview


On a journey begun twenty years earlier, Daryl Farmer, a twenty-year-old two-time college dropout, did what lost men have so often done in this country: he headed west. Twenty years later and seventy pounds heavier, with the yellowing journals from that transformative five-thousand-mile bicycle trek in his pack, Farmer set out to retrace his path. This is his story of pursuing that distant summer and that distant dream of home, where home is endless space, a roof of big sky, and a bed of dry earth.
 
Just as the years altered the man, so, too, have they altered the West, and Farmer’s second journey affords a unique perspective on these changes—as well as on what lasts. Whether caught in a Colorado snowstorm or braving a Yellowstone herd of bison, kayaking with orcas in Puget Sound, trading Ninja moves with a homeless man in San Francisco, or getting the lowdown on aliens on Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway, Farmer charts a moving landscape of people and places. This is the West where the natural world and personal character are inextricably linked, and where one man’s ride into the past and present takes us to the heart of that ever-evolving connection.
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Uncertain of his life's path, the 40-year-old Farmer fondly recalls a bicycle trip he took 20 years earlier, an epic three-month journey across the West. Now 70 pounds heavier, married, and toiling in a sunless midwestern office, he might have decided he was best suited for armchair adventure, perusing the yellowed journals from his earlier odyssey. Instead, he set out to retrace his route -- on the same bicycle, no less.

Bicycling Beyond the Divide is the tale of two journeys, decades apart but connected by a spirit of freedom and a desire for personal transformation that gave rise to both. The wide-open spaces Farmer travels through may have changed over the years, but the beauty and awesome power of nature is still revealed on the road, be it through stinging hail, forceful wind, or scorching heat. And a sense of grace is awakened in hisminimalist approach to life on the road, living day to day, seeking food and shelter as it comes.

Equally humorous and philosophical, punishing and triumphant, Bicycling Beyond the Divide speaks to the latent adventurer in us all. Though Farmer sought his future in reliving his past, he ultimately finds that there's nothing so beautiful as today, if we would only see it. (Summer 2008 Selection)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803219595
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Outdoor Lives
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 425,559
  • File size: 548 KB

Meet the Author


Daryl Farmer has published essays, short stories, poems, and reviews in several journals including South Dakota Review and Prairie Schooner.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     xi
Colorado
Departure     2
On How Not to Begin     4
Florissant to Fairplay     7
Hoosier Summit     13
Below Freezing     19
A Colorado Cow Patch South of Baggs     25
Wyoming
Outlaws, Antelope, Prairie Dogs, and Sage     34
Night at the Antelope Saloon     49
To Jackson     52
Elkfest     59
Signal Mountain Lodge     61
How to Bicycle through a Buffalo Herd     68
Richard I     75
Montana
Another Log on the Fire     84
Paradise Valley to Ennis     88
Virginia City to Opportunity     99
Anaconda to Missoula     105
Face-planting on Highway 2     114
Glacier National Park     122
Kalispell Again     127
Libby to Troy     135
Idaho
Karaoke Night in Bonners Ferry     142
Washington
Fire Trucks and Rodeo Queens     152
Okanagan to Friday Harbor     158
The San Juan Islands     168
Anacortes to Port Angeles     179
A Side Trip to Victoria     185
Port Angeles to Shoalwater Bay     190
Winnefred     200
Oregon
Astoria to Newport     208
On a Sunday Morning     213
A Coming to Peace     220
At the North Bend Airport     235
Intermission: San Francisco
Like a Haggard Ghost     238
City of Hills     246
Return to Oregon
North Bend to Gold Beach     254
California
To Eureka     262
From Modesto to Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes     267
From Mammoth Lakes to Mono Lake     280
Nevada
Tonopah     284
The Extraterrestrial Highway     293
Utah and Arizona
Modena to Kanab     306
At Jacob Lake     311
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