I saw this book more than once on our visits to the giant book store, Powells Books, in Portland. (I just realized, I need to do a Blog post on this store! Next time I am there I will take pictures and do so, but I digress)
Reading the back of book, it was the story about a man who started his ride on the Oregon Coast and rode to Patagonia. How could I not read a book that starts at my home town??
During our last visit I finally picked it up and, last night I finished it.
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…
I have recently come to the conclusion that I have been pretty darn lazy lately. Not in the riding or exercise department (shoot today I planked using a Bosoo ball for 50 seconds, plus the walk and the ride home). Nope I am talking I have been taking the easy way out in reading.
Folks there are two things about me when it comes to Christmas shopping. One, I hate shopping in stores, so I use the online option. Amazon has become my friend! Second, being the reader that I am, I like to share books whenever possible, especially with kids.
I am VERY lucky that a great friend of mine, Renee, has written some of the best kidlet books I’ve ever seen. I wanted to share these with you today as we all start shopping!
Folks, my wife is a planner. She is always looking ahead, next week, next month, next year, and farther out. (It’s a damn good thing, I am lucky to plan ahead enough to see if my mom wants to feed the Manchild and I on any given Tuesday!)
Given this, and the fact that this is a year of milestone birthday for her, she has a list of things that she wants to get done in the year leading up to and after the birthday. Some are easy: riding the big ferris wheel in Seattle was done New Years day this year.
It has been a while since I have done a book review on a cycling book. I’ve honestly stayed away from these for a while, as the last few just haven’t been that great. However, when my buddy Joe Kurmaskie, my favorite cycling story author comes out and recommends one on his Facebook page, how could I not read it?
Aside from riding the bike, hiking mountains and spending time here sharing stories with you, I am also an avid reader. If I am sitting, I am reading. If I am standing in line I am reading. It’s been that way since the 4th grade will be so forever. Shoot, if by some off chance I end up at the pearly gates someday, I’ll probably be reading the Kindle waiting for St. Pete to call my name. (Somehow I think it will be a LONG wait, better sit by a power outlet….)
My wife will tell you that when I am not riding or getting things done around the house, or riding herd on the cats of the Manchild, chances are I am reading a book. I am not the kinda person who can just sit, either my mind or the body (or both if I am stuck in the gym working out instead of outside) has to be occupied.
With the advent of the Kindle, I carry multiple books with me at all times, and I read for 2 or three minutes if I am in line at Starbucks or Safeway, it makes the wait seem shorter.