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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)