Book Review: The Worlds Fastest Man, by Michael Kranish

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”

Book Review: A Hole in the Wind (A Climate Scientists Journey Across the United States) by David Goodrich

So there I was, in a small book store, just before the Seattle to Portland bike ride. As most of us know, these days I prefer to read on Kindle. But I love small independent book stores. So when I stumbled on a book that combined two of my passions, science and cycling, the book just jumped into my hands. Damn I am glad it did… Continue reading “Book Review: A Hole in the Wind (A Climate Scientists Journey Across the United States) by David Goodrich”

Book Review: Cycle of Hope (A journey from paralysis to possibility by Tricia Downing

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 am glad I did… Continue reading “Book Review: Cycle of Hope (A journey from paralysis to possibility by Tricia Downing”

Book Review: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

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….

That being said, I usually limit my book reviews on this blog to bike books, for obvious reasons. I am making a rare exception for this book. Why? It was just THAT good! It got my first 5 star rating in quite while… Continue reading “Book Review: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck”

Book Review: The Coyote’s Bicycle by Kimball Taylor

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 always said a bike can take you anywhere, but I never thought about this… Continue reading “Book Review: The Coyote’s Bicycle by Kimball Taylor”

Book Review: This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring

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.

However, I had a hankering for a cycling book so I decided to give this one a chance. I am glad I did!  Continue reading “Book Review: This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring”

Book Review: Biking Across America by Paul Stutzman

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.

After a couple of days searching Amazon, I found Paul Stutzman’s Biking Across America: My Coast to Coast Adventure and the People I Met.  I REALLY need to read the book descriptions better…. Continue reading “Book Review: Biking Across America by Paul Stutzman”