I need to go on record here. I am a bit disappointed with myself. Here I was a member of the Cascade Bike Club in Washington State, a club that had a Major Taylor ride every year. But, until I read this book, I had NO idea who Major Taylor was! I know who he was now, and this was an excellent book… Continue reading “Book Review: The Worlds Fastest Man, by Michael Kranish”→
OK, right of the bat folks, I gotta tell ya this is NOT my normal kind of book. I love books about cycling, cycle travel, and have even fought my way through some books on cycle racing. But, as a rule, I steer away from the “I got hurt and made it back and this would be a great Lifetime network movie” kinda story.
However, I was looking for a good cycling book to read, and my Facebook cycling friends Naomi recommended this one. She told me that it helped her as she recovered from and injury. Well, hell, I once fought my way through a Nicholas Sparks book, why not give this one a chance!
I love to read. Ask Michelle, and she will tell you I am reading all the time. Hell, I will spend an hour with her in yarn store, or Nordstroms as long as I have a book on the kindle to read. For the record though, she NEVER spends that much time in Nordies, but a good yarn store….
It’s been quite a while since I have done a review on a bike book. A while ago, Michelle and I were walking around Third place Books in Lake Forest park. I picked it up to take a look and the subtitle grabbed me:
The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderline Empire. Reading this I realized this would be different from any other bike book I had read. This wasn’t someone traveling cross-country or around the world for fun. This was using bikes to smuggle people across the border from Mexico to the United States.
I have to start right up front with this review, and say I almost didn’t read it after reading the subtitle. “Sometimes it Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself.” That brought to mind a Lifetime channel movie, or as I like to call it, The Depression Channel.
Recently I found myself restless. Not physically as May was a great month for the bike and June has been ok, but in my reading. I have long enjoyed books about adventuring, be it river, mountain or bike. The last book was from Joe Kurmaskie, A Guide to Falling Down in Public (Reviewed here) over a month ago. It was time to find a new one.
Ok, I won’t lie, I take a little bit of pride in the name of my blog. I have traveled 20000 miles and had some vert memorable adventures. But, my hat goes off to Dominic Gill. He did 2000o miles in 2 years traveling from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Just to add flavor, he did so riding alone, on a tandem (bike built for two) bike, and offering the rear seat to anyone who would be willing to ride and help him along the route…
For the record, I feel guilty sometimes reviewing these books. The writers have done things I will NEVER do. I commend them all for having more guts than I ever will, and for their achievements. So whether the book is good, bad, or indifferent, it is no reflection on he or she who had the adventure…
Long time readers of the Mountainstroh blog know I have one fear: Getting Old. I am honestly scared to death of being old, decrepit, and being barely able to walk to the mailbox. That, plus a guy I saw once in Disneyland (another post for another day) are why I bust my ass and work out so much.