Take a Seat: One Man, One Tandem and Twenty Thousand Miles of Possibilities

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When Dominic Gill set out from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by bicycle on June 16, 2006, it was to be no ordinary bike ride. His goal was to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, nearly 20,000 miles away, and he was starting off with virtually no money in his pocket, barely enough food to last a week, and, worst of all, with thousands of miles between him and his friends and family.But Dominic had a plan: His bicycle, Achilles, was a tandem and the spare seat was his secret weapon. He would invite ...

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When Dominic Gill set out from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by bicycle on June 16, 2006, it was to be no ordinary bike ride. His goal was to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, nearly 20,000 miles away, and he was starting off with virtually no money in his pocket, barely enough food to last a week, and, worst of all, with thousands of miles between him and his friends and family.But Dominic had a plan: His bicycle, Achilles, was a tandem and the spare seat was his secret weapon. He would invite strangers to join him on his long journey—strangers he hoped would become friends and help him turn a terrifying prospect into the adventure of a lifetime. In Take a Seat, Dominic tells the story of his incredible journey. Over twenty-six months, he covered 18,449 miles down the west coast of the Americas, passed through fifteen countries, was looked after by countless strangers, crashed into a Mexican banana truck, was nearly attacked by a mob of Bolivian political demonstrators, cycled past active volcanoes, and didn't have a single haircut. All sorts of colorful characters took a seat on Achilles—from a meditating, pot-smoking French Canadian named Pierre to Adrienne, a lovely Appalachian girl who rode with him into Panama, and the dark-haired Joselyn from Chile. Eventually, Dominic reached Ushuaia, freezing and exhausted and with another new friend behind him—the 270th person to take that seat. He had achieved his dream.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762770694
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 754,490
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominic Gill is a mountain climber, award-winning videographer, adventurer, and pioneer in the new era of global exploration. In 2010 his film documenting the trip he recounts in Take a Seat won a Special Jury Award at the Banff Film Festival. He has been interviewed by CNN, Men’s Fitness, Metro, and Cycling Plus. To learn more or to view a gallery of photos and video from the trip recounted in this book, go to takeaseat.org.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

Introduction 7

1 Anywhere but here 11

2 In blind hope of company 19

3 Four legs good, two legs bad 34

4 Fourth of July farewell 44

5 A Canadian homecoming 55

6 A spiritual journey 73

7 Old man Ernie 85

8 Into the unknown 90

9 One bad apple 105

10 On and off the tourist trail 118

11 The Pan-American ends 131

12 Sailing to the proudest country 145

13 From pocket-size to parent 156

14 The Whisper of Sansa 167

15 The bicycle clowns 185

16 Lost city found 203

17 Into the land of the coca leaf 213

18 The salt leads south 227

19 Towards the Pastors' Passage 234

20 Together come cold and company 250

21 The frigid land of fire 267

Epilogue 280

Index 284

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    this is a great adventurous account for all who long to ride to see the world

    I chose the book because it gave an account of the rider's experience, having enough detail to cause readers to imagine they were on the journey as well. Didn't care for the expletives.

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