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Dividing the Great [Kindle Edition]

John Metcalfe
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Great Divide is America's premier long distance mountain bike route. It is the longest unbroken mountain bike route in the world and was included in National Geographic's list of the 50 most amazing places on earth. The route makes its way 2500 miles from Mexico to Canada as it crisscrosses the Continental Divide.
Metcalfe and his riding buddy JK are mountain bikers, and Dividing the Great is the hilarious account of their journey as they attempt to complete the route in their own record time.
"A thoroughly enjoyable, fast and funny read. Metcalfe's dry sense of humor, unflinching introspection, and keen observations of American culture and human nature draw you in."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U0OHTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Metcalfe is a writer and academic based in the UK. He first started writing for magazines in the nineties and his work has appeared in Dirt, MBR, Australian Mountain Bike, MBI, On The Hill and Singletrack.

His first book Mountain Bike Fitness Training was published in 2001 by Mainstream Publishing and received wide acclaim. His second book Dividing the Great saw John venture into travel writing and it quickly became no.1 Kindle bestseller in American travel.

Articles from his Ph.D. have appeared in several academic journals and his philosophical musings have been published as chapters in academic books.

His debut novel Praesagium follows three strangers who are preoccupied with their own futures. But when their paths cross in Mexico none of them had foreseen the outcome...

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read........ 22 May 2013
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I get the feeling that these guys are a little fitter than they let on, however an unrivalled perchant for s***e food and a good adventure makes you think "I could do that".

Could I?..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars life is too short 2 April 2013
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Moving past 40 you start looking back and wonder where your youth has gone and wishing you had done this or that, it seems the older I get the more adventures I want to do. Dividing the great is now another adventure on my bucket list. Great and funny story about 2 mates who talk a good adventure and never really do one until one goes ahead and bluffs the other into buying the airline tickets. Worth the price and the time to read it and just makes you want to do something epic like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understated 10 April 2013
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Having read the other reviews on this book I can say that it lived up to my expectations. It is well written in a humorous and descriptive way to give you a connection with both the people involved and the situations that they experienced. John Metcalfe plays down the effort required to complete the route to some degree taking away the hero aspect of the ride which many other books tend to dwell on. I would definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read !! 8 Aug. 2013
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I loved this book – it was right up my street. Not the best written book ever but thoroughly entertaining, informative and very readable. I enjoyed the relationship between the two characters, the mistakes that they made and the sheer “for the hell of it” mentality. It the sort of journey any cyclist could do and that is why you remain glued to the last page.

Buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable read 16 Oct. 2014
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All cyclist tourist should read this book. Having visited some of the areas the cyclist passed through, you can appreciate the sheer scale of the scenery, and their accurate description of the countryside. They not only had the great American Dream, they rode it.
Look forward to his next adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 1 Oct. 2013
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This is John Metcalfe's story of how he and a mate flew out to the USA, and cycled the whole length of the Great Divide, from the Canadian border to El Paso on the Mexican border. They did it travelling very times I thought worryingly light.....on mountain bikes. This was a tremendous physical achievement yet in describing how it went, the author has an innate quality of not taking himself too seriously. He was determined to achieve his goal in the face of great physical hardship, yet he's the first to poke fun at himself and his trail-mate when things didn't go to plan. This was a really good read for those of us who love the Great Outdoors.
PS...Don't take any notes on John and JK's trail food though, I think they had the diet from hell! When I do a long hard ride/run etc, the words Pasta, Porridge and Tuna pop into my head. In John's case, it was more 'Donuts, coffee, and pies.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and recommended read. 6 April 2013
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Having only ever read about the Great Divide Trail in magazines previously it was very interesting and informative to read a full length book of two guys under taking this adventure. Humorous and at times slightly infuriating that people could make what seem to me naive choices and mistakes. The writing did let me feel some of the emotions and experiences of the trip. Sadly I know I'm too soft to even dream of undertaking such a trip but it was good to do it in my head along with John and JT.

I can recommend this to anyone interested in travelogues and especially anyone who has read a short magazine article about the GET and are considering it. I'd recommend you look at this book before making your mind up, you'll get a much more realistic picture of the undertaking IMHO.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read 21 Feb. 2014
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You can tell if an account of an epic adventure is any good based on your own subsequent feelings toward that adventure. Having read this book, riding the divide is now on my todo list. Well worth a read, especially at the bargain price on Kindle
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Straight Forward honest writing. A genuine account of riding the Continental Divide. Descriptive both in scenery and pain, but all made me chuckle
Published 1 month ago by DavidJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 3 months ago by Arnie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very enjoyable reed
Published 3 months ago by n thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written book, that makes you care ...
A very well written book, that makes you care about the author and his friend in their epic mtb adventure.
Published 5 months ago by Sean Missin
3.0 out of 5 stars Somthing missing and a little bit negative towards the end
Well written, I just felt it concentrated a little on the negative side towards the end and failed to capture the achievements they had actually made each day.
Published 6 months ago by Mr G Sweetenham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this book, great humour, now I've just got to do the ride.....
Published 7 months ago by jim barrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read.
Excellent. Being a road cyclists, riding off road doesn't normally interest me. However, an interesting story which was well written was well worth my time while I waited for the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by I R Brant
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Good insight into an epic journey by bike.
How you undertake a solo journey of that magnitude I don't know. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alan Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic adventure
As a cyclist I was very interested in the tales from such an epic ride but, as someone who reads very little, this booked kept me hooked. Read more
Published 12 months ago by robwalkeruk
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
didn't buy it.
Published 12 months ago by The Teuchter
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