End Of The Trailby Dan Rice
End of the Trail is an autobiographical account of Route 66 enthusiast Dan Rice's eight-year struggle with Traumatic Brain Injury. His Hollywood life and high-paced track to a Ph.D. in Psychology was abruptly derailed in 2002 when he suffered severe brain injuries in a near-fatal car accident. A long and painful road to recovery began only after a desperate period of depression, anger, sadness, insomnia, vertigo, suicidal ideations, and an increasing inability to understand the world around him. The book, written about the accident and struggle to recovery is told from the vantage point of Route 66, intertwining Rice's journey to recovery with his lifelong passion for the historic Mother Road that is in its own struggle for survival.
The book's title refers to a historic sign that once marked the western end of Route 66 in Santa Monica. To Rice, the sign represents a milestone in his recovery when he overcame all odds and replaced the missing historic sign at the Santa Monica Pier with other Route 66 advocates demonstrating that he is living the life of his dreams in full recovery.
Rice explores the desperate conditions he and his family lived in before the injury was diagnosed and as he began his recovery tells also of the story of Route 66. The historic Mother Road's own struggle for survival mirrors Rice's and is used as a metaphor to demonstrate the path of recovery and the importance of raising awareness for the victims and their families.
End of the Trail was written to bring needed information, warning signs, and insights to victims and their families, but is also about providing hope and demonstrating that the trail's end is well worth the journey.
- The Way Things Are Publications
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The End of the Trail is a page-turning, true-life story of a man determined to overcome adversity in his life. It took me less than a day to read this 235 page, creatively written, first hand account of a life "interrupted" by a friend of the road (Route 66), Dan Rice. Dan's story reminds you to appreciate not ony today, but this very moment - it's a testament to how things can change in an instant! Dan's story parallels Route 66 - its glory days, its down hill spiral, and the hard work it is taking to restore and preserve it. And he brings a voice to 1.5 million Americans with traumatic brain injuries. That's a lot to wrap into one book, but Dan does it effortlessly. We learn about his family, his ties to Route 66, his education, his success, and the moment his life changed forever. We also learn how he was able to return from the abyss through faith and hard work - and his good fortune to find a doctor who made the proper diagnosis! He gives hope to those with brain injuries, and the rest of us a reason to take inventory and say thank you for what we have now. A real must-read!