Bicycling beyond the Divide

Bicycling beyond the Divide

by Daryl Farmer
Bicycling beyond the Divide

Bicycling beyond the Divide

by Daryl Farmer


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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803219595
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Series: Outdoor Lives
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 550 KB

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     xi
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
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
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
Karaoke Night in Bonners Ferry     142
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
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
To Eureka     262
From Modesto to Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes     267
From Mammoth Lakes to Mono Lake     280
Tonopah     284
The Extraterrestrial Highway     293
Utah and Arizona
Modena to Kanab     306
At Jacob Lake     311

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