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Posted January 20, 2004
I did not care for the book for these reasons: 1) The bicycle trip was entirely on Interstates or major highways and is actually recommended to others in the text instead of quiet, back roads. 2) The book is written in chronological journal format, but is compromised by the fact that each day is retold twice - once by email sent to the author's friends and again in more detail by the author. 3) In the conclusion the author admits 'I can't say that it was fun but I am definitely glad that I did it.' After reading it, I can definitely say it couldn't have been fun. Next time try the road less traveled.
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Posted June 6, 2009
I enjoyed reading about Tom's ride across the states, and the challenges that this trip had. I think this is an informative book for any one considering a long bike ride.
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Posted August 2, 2002
This book is a delightful metaphor for our journey through life. We set out with goals in mind and find that life surprises us with twists and turns not unlike the roads the author followed on his cross-country trek. This is a journal of the daily frustrations with weather, health, and the logistics of riding a bicycle from Friday Harbor, Washington, to Key West, Florida. It is told partly through the author's email along the way to his wife and friends in Seattle (the introduction to each of the chapters), but mostly by his personal journal of the trip formed during and after. His intimate writing style lets one get to know him and the landscape along the way, but more important is his capture of the peoplescape - literally a cross-section of each state he visited through the people he encountered, and a refreshing look at our American society as we live it. I enjoyed it very much. More pictures would have got it 5 stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2008
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