Book Review: Take a Seat (One Man, One Tandem 20,000 miles of Possibilities) By Dominic Gill

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…

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Book Review: Old Man on a Bicycle By Don Petterson

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.

Don, an ex US Ambassador, though, gives me, and those like me approaching, ok well into, middle age hope! Why, because at 71, this man decided, “What the hell!  I am going to ride across the United States!”… Continue reading “Book Review: Old Man on a Bicycle By Don Petterson”

Book Review: Lanterne Rouge, The Last Man in the Tour de France

Looking back, it has been quite a while since I have done a book review on a cycling.  Part of it is because I have had other books (mostly Science Fiction) that have taken a chunk of my reading time.  Part is also I have subscribed to Scientific America and there is only so much reading time available in a day, plus reading while pedaling is NOT recommended.

This one also took a while to get through…. Continue reading “Book Review: Lanterne Rouge, The Last Man in the Tour de France”

Book Review: Cycling Home From Siberia, Rob Lilwall

Last month, Michelle and I hit the used book sale at Third Place Books, our local independent book store.  Michelle was looking for books for the little free library, while I was browsing looking for a book to download to the Kindle app.

Editors note: I know, I know this is ‘wrong’ but I just don’t read real books anymore, if it isn’t on the Kindle, it gathers dust.

Michelle pointed me to the bike books, and I found Cycling Home From Siberia, by Rob Lilwall.  I downloaded it (even I won’t use a book stores wifi for that) as soon as I got home.  I was excited to get started on it Continue reading “Book Review: Cycling Home From Siberia, Rob Lilwall”

Book Review: The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycle Idyll

I read an article my friend (as well as a fellow cyclist and blogger) Sarah posted, about the history of cycling.  It discussed that time after chain driven cycles were invented, but before automobiles were invented.  These were the first glory days of cyclists, when people of all social standings would use the freedom of two wheels to travel much farther than they ever could before. ( I consider now the beginning of the second glory days)

One such person was H G Wells, famous for books such as: Time Machine, War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man.  All classic science fiction.  (I’ve read all of these and more).  Little did I know though, he was so enamored with the feelings of joy and freedom from a bike that he wrote a novel that took place entirely on bikes! Continue reading “Book Review: The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycle Idyll”

Book Review: The Carry Home by Gary Ferguson

Early on I let y’all know I was going to stretch my literary choices this year.  Though I am still treating myself to the History of Westeros (Game of Thrones) and its dragons, knights and assorted kings, I have been keeping to my plan.  The Carry Home, though a book about the outdoors (of which I have many) is not one I would normally have read.

However when buddy the author (Joe Kurmaskie) recommends a book, you at least gotta give it chance.  Damn I am glad I did! Continue reading “Book Review: The Carry Home by Gary Ferguson”

Book Review: Triking Down the Pacific Coast by Terry Davis

Last week, while on the coast, I decided I really wanted to read something about Oregon, specifically the coast, while I was there.  I guess I figured I was embracing the vacation completely, and wanted it to be in all aspects, even my reading.

I stumbled on this on Amazon, and it was perfect!  It’s a travel journal for his trip from Portland to San Francisco, on a recombinant trike.  I have cycled the Oregon Coast, and I want to do the CA coast to San Francisco.  This book seemed like a winner to help me relive one trip and prep for the next!

Yeah not so much… Continue reading “Book Review: Triking Down the Pacific Coast by Terry Davis”